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Monday, July 05, 2010

Minimum Mileage

My only "rule" for this current streak has been that I must run at least 1 mile a day in order to maintain the streak. Thus far, I hadn't had to reduce my mileage down to that bare minimum, but today, it has been raining pretty much all day long. It has vollied back and forth between downpour and drizzle, but for most of the day, it has rained, rained, rained.

Around 4:30 pm, I was looking out the window, and I asked Jerry for his thoughts: "Should I wait and see if it clears and I can go for a 'real' run; or, should I just go out there and do the bare minimum?"

He replied with: "I'd go and get it over with if I were you."

That had pretty much been my thinking but I had just needed him to verbalize it. So, I laced up and hit the streets in a rain that was somewhere between downpour and drizzle -- let's call it a "dozzle" -- and I was surprised that the Garmin was still able to quickly pick up a signal. I had a specific destination in mind: Some tennis courts that are just a bit more than half a mile away. So, I ran around and over puddles, and while I kinda liked running through the rain, I was drenched by the time I reached said tennis courts, so I turned around as I planned, and got home in 11 minutes and 11 seconds: Shortest. run. ever. And while this picture doesn't do the soaking much justice, I did get pretty dang wet in those 11 minutes. Although, I don't think I was any more drenched than when I sweat through a normal run!
So, it sucks that I timed the day's run so poorly that I was left with the minimum mileage option, but at least I still got that done and thus managed to keep the streak going.

And, btw, it's still raining out there. But now it's more of a light drizzle, which we will label a "lizzle" :)

18 comments:

Adam said...

The way I look at it, that is why you have the minimum distance. Way to keep it going and knock it out.

Turi said...

I think my streak will end tomorrow with an injury. Eked out milers the last two days, but I think they did more harm than is worth it. Good luck out there - keep the streak alive!

ajh said...

Hey you did it! Good job!

Firefly's Running said...

Nice job on getting it done.

Heather said...

Way to keep the streak going!

Lisa said...

keepin' the streak alive!

JojaJogger said...

Great job on keeping the streak alive. Its very hard to start a run in the rain, but for some reason once you get soaked it isn't so bad.

Her Name is Rio said...

Woot! Woot! The streak lives!

Elizabeth said...

Love your shirt! :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great job keeping up your streak.

What are you shooting for? I'm on run #80 Tues morning. Almost there.

Carly said...

Nice job getting it done with no excuses.

carla said...

LIZZLE.

love.

Erin said...

I am impressed. Running in the rain is a definite reason to cancel. I can't believe you went for it. I would have made up a million excuses. Good thing you set a minimum mileage because I probably would switch to Wii Fit and consider that a run. Great work!

Jamoosh said...

Hey, you got our weather from last week. Enjoy...

Way to keep that streak alive.

Wes said...

easy day, well deserved :-)

Marlene said...

Hey, it counts! Great job getting that mile in.

kelsalynn said...

Way to get it done! "lizzle"- I like that, might steal it. =]

TNTcoach Ken said...

IT is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!! Run Forrest run. That was your first lifline of the streak, keep it up.