Somehow, I even convinced her to sign up and run the Shamrock 15k Challenge with me next month. I've run this race consistently in one form or another [ie pregnant] since 2008, when I ran the 5k as my first race ever (2010 recap: here, 2011 recap: here). Today, we decided to meet up downtown at an ungodly hour and run the race route together.
I innocently believed this would be easy enough to run and had not considered the possibility that 1) we'd be running through POURING rain and SNOW this morning, 2) that we might be running in a flooded bike lane facing on-coming traffic speeding towards us, or 3) that we'd make a wrong turn and come plunging down a steep trail into a ravine that was blocked off to pedestrian traffic. Let's just say, it was a bit of an adventure...but we laughed our way through the whole thing and came out pretty much unscathed.
|Crazy Weather & Gorgeous Clouds!|
Suddenly around mile 2, the rain/snow mix completely stopped, the clouds parted and the sun came out to warm us up. My hands thawed out and with renewed vigor, we rejoiced and charged on ahead. The remainder of the run was an interesting mix of sun and pouring rain.
Miles 3-6 brought us from virtually sea level up into the hills, where we eventually crested at the Chart House Restaurant and a view of the city below.
|View from Chart House|
It was after the Chart House where things got a bit dicey. In an attempt to avoid running the bike lane of busy Capital Hwy and Barber Blvd, we attempted to make our way down towards downtown via the Marcum trail network. We ran down a muddy trail that skirted a steep ravine for about a 1/4 mile only to get stopped in our tracks because the trail was closed (probably due to its condition). With nowhere left to go, we hiked back up, laughing our asses off and decided to brave Capital Hwy/Barber after all. I mean after that trail how much worse could it get?
By then the rain was pouring down again and with on-coming traffic scaring the crap out of us, we trucked it down towards town in the partially flooded bike lane as fast as our legs could carry us. After the seemingly longest mile ever, we finally met up with the sidewalk and jumped with glee at finally reaching the security of pedestrian safety. Not our finest moment ever, but we kept on laughing and pushed on for the final couple miles back to downtown.
Overall: 9.45 miles in 1:32:51 (overall pace 9:49)
We celebrated by stopping into a coffee conglomerate for steaming hot lattes and post-run chatter. It was definitely an adventurous run but so so awesome and I just felt great through almost all of it (minus mile 1).