Friday, April 13, 2018

Character Building Weather

Today kicks off a weekend of wild weather in the forecast. 

"Character building weather" as proclaimed by a tweet I just saw.

It was supposed to be raining this morning, so although I set out all of my outdoor running gear last night (as I always do), I told myself as I climbed into my bed that I was likely going to be on the treadmill.

So much gratitude to the universe and Mother Nature for the fact that when I woke up at 5 AM this morning, it was not raining.  A quick check of the weather app indicated that it would not rain for several hours.

I headed outside and logged my 5.5 miles.



I inadvertently signed up for a trail half marathon taking place tomorrow morning.  I say inadvertently because I signed up for the race thinking that it would be nice to be able to do 13.1 of the 15 miles I have on my plan for tomorrow with other people.  (The WI Oiselle Milwaukee group monthly meet up is this race.)  It was only after I took a closer look at the race info website that I realized it was a trail race.  I was ok with this as my intention for the day was to use the "race" as a workout and not race.

Then the emails started coming re: the course and the weather forecast.  They had to modify the course because it was so muddy and parts of the intended route were unusable.

Last night we received another email indicating it was not looking good for the event.  More rain had produced more mud and tomorrow it is supposed to be freezing rain ALL. DAY.

This morning they downgraded the route from a half-marathon to a 20K.

All this to say I'm heavily leaning towards tomorrow being my first "DNS" ever.  Even if it means riding the treadmill for *GULP* 15 miles.

And yet...

A tiny part of me is hoping the forecast delays itself, repeating this morning's good fortune.


I've sort of had it with the "character building weather".  This week has really challenged me in getting workouts done.  I'm tired.  I am still ill (although marginally improving every day).  Work has been busy.  Can we just get a nice sunny day to sweat in?!

Keep on keepin' on folks.  I'm saying that for me as much as you.

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