i’m runnin’ in the rain

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it’s been rainy and overcast for several days in Asheville. I woke up this morning thinking of Gene Kelly singing ‘Singin’ in the Rain!’ and so, I think it’s an appropriate song to adapt to running. What do you think?

I’m [running] in the rain
Just [running] in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for [running!]
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I [run] down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just [runnin’],
[Runnin’] in the rain

I think it’s perfect. My friend Brynn and I headed out in the cloudy gloom yesterday late afternoon, about 4 pm. It was raining, but fairly light and we thought, why not? Anyway, we tried to go to the Blue Ridge Parkway where a trail leads off the road; I took a little hike there a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately, when we arrived to the Parkway, it was blocked at the first entrance. We decided to just go ahead and run anyway on the road (no cars, right?!) and go until we were ready to turn around.

It was uphill the entire 1st half of the run, curvy and windy up the mountain. We actually did really well, and I felt surprisingly good for how little I have run in the past couple weeks (sigh). I really started easy and kept it that way for the whole run. I didn’t feel to bad, and the sinus business I have been battling for the last 7 days wasn’t too problematic.

I focused on really keeping creepy slow, small legs, small strides and big arms. I was also really trying to just lean into the hill and feel what it was like to let the gravity and the road pull me along.

I really felt good and today I feel good too. I am not sore, not achey, nada. So wonderful! I STILL can’t believe when I ‘just go out for a run’ that I don’t have any soreness or pain during or afterward. It’s a true miracle. I have a friend who was on the triathlon team with me in college, (maybe I’ve written this before) but she is as astonished as I am with how easy running is for me now.

I can’t wait for the warm weather. I think I’ll be out there more than I have been lately. I have to confess that with the lack of running, I notice that my pants which fit very loosely about 6 weeks suddenly fit again. Hmmm… I suppose I need to do a little something about that!

I have been going to the gym, lifting weights, going on the stationary bike, going to yoga class, etcetera. Running just takes the cake for keeping those few annoying pounds off, though.

Danny wrote a really good article about weight loss and how running/eating habits can work together. Click here to read it.

On the downhill part of yesterday’s run, I kept leaning, kept relaxing, tried to play with my pelvic rotation and keeping my feet behind my hips. Danny did a video blog about that recently. Click here to watch it.

Here’s to keeping on your feet, keeping that body moving, and still enjoying food (but maybe in smaller quantities for Liz!)


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