Monday, July 02, 2007


This rain is getting old! I'm sure the poor folks in north Texas are ready for it to stop too. Yesterday, I woke up earlier than usual in an effort to beat the heat. Gotta love it when it's 80 degrees at 5:30 am! Of course, it's only July, so this is not the worst of the summer heat. Fortunately, the humidity didn't feel quite as stifling as it usually does. The plan was to do 7 miles...that's a mile longer than I've been running in the past few weeks.

As I left my subdivision, I noticed the big white fluffy clouds and pieces of blue sky. As I got closer to the park, I started noticing the menacing black clouds that were coming from the south. Hmmmm, it didn't look good, but at least there was no lightening in sight.

I parked and began to stretch. I felt a couple of raindrops, but no big deal. I started running and the heavens opened and dumped copious amounts of rain! I kept going, but soon my contacts were shifting from the water and I couldn't see a thing. As much as I hate wearing hats and visors with my short hair, it would have been a great time to have either. I didn't even make it past the tennis courts when I decided to run back to my car and wait to see if the rain would let up. It didn't. In the short time I was in the rain, I was soaked. Naturally, it would be the one time I didn't have a towel. :-) Don't get me wrong, I love running in the rain during the summer. It feels great and gives a little break from the heat. But, when it's pouring and the wind is making the rain go sideways...well, that's no fun at all.

I waited for a little while. As I waited, I saw one person get out of their car and start running. I saw a couple of men grab baseball caps from their car and continue running. But mostly I saw people running to their cars and jumping in, or people pulling up to park and just sit there. I waited for 10 minutes, but there were no signs that it was going to let up. Finally, I went home. The kiddo was already awake, so I could only get in a measly 30 minutes on the treadmill before she wanted me play.

Honestly, that was okay with me. I've been having all kinds of issues lately - the pain in the lower back is still there, shin splints on my right leg and now my right quad is giving me issues. It started hurting during my run on Tuesday. Then, it bothered me again during my 3-miler at the park on Friday. Yesterday, during my short treadmill run, I felt it again. I have no idea what I could have done to hurt it...all I know is that I woke up this morning and my neck hurts! I really don't like feeling like I am falling apart! Jeeze, a girl turns 35 and this is what happens? ;-)

So the rest of the day was pretty much centered around the kiddo. We went to playgroup and the grocery store (she enjoys it more than I do). Later, the hubby and I took her to see Surfs Up, which was really cute but not enough singing and dancing to keep the kiddo entertained. She kept wanting to go to the bathroom, mainly because it gave her an opportunity to run around a little. Speaking of the bathroom, for all the mommies and daddies out there....we are finally potty trained!!!!! Woohooo! Well, except for overnight and the occasional accident (which are becoming few and far between). I know, anyone without kiddos is probably rolling their eyes right now wondering why they should care. LOL! Trust me, this is a big deal considering a couple of weeks ago we were afraid we would be sending her to Kindergarten in diapers in a few years.

Have a great Monday!


bunnygirl said...

Since I do my long runs on Saturday, I missed yesterday's rain. Sunday is bike day and I usually do it on the trainer.

If you've been doing core-strengthening exercises and still have lower back pain, try getting some kinesio tape from I use it on my lower back and on my screwed-up hip. It's great stuff, and there are even books you can buy on how to use it. Lance Armstrong uses it, so it's good enough for us!

barbara said...

I think everyone except me got rained on yesterday. Oh, we got rain but just not when I was running.

My glasses were totally fogged up from the humidity when I was done!

We went to go see "rat-ta-touie" yesterday. Cute. But let's face it - still a buncha rats in the pantry around food that people are going to eat. It's really hard to enjoy a bucket of popcorn with that as the storyline!

jamoosh said...

Take the rest of the week off and just do some stretching. Need to be ready for Hou Fit!

Marcy said...

CONGRATS on the PT issue!! Dear Lord I thought the SAME thing for my oldest. It was a HUGE issue for a long time. I totally understand the relief that comes with that! Although now it's like "Are you SURE you don't have to go potty before we leave?" And then constantly scoping things out looking for the nearest bathroom when we're out and about LOL

J~Mom said...

Sorry about the rain! Sounds like it turned out ok though!