Yesterday, I had the best/worst experience of running in the rain. I had made it home from school with 2 hours to spare before I had to be at work, so I decided to go running (of course!). There were a few rain clouds, in the nearish distance, and since I only had to run 4 miles I knew I could make it. Sadly, this is not the case.
I mapped out my run beforehand and everything! I knew where I was going so I wouldn't get lost and waste time. At about 2 miles, the rain and wind hit me hard. It felt like little icy needles pricking me all over. I had about .5 miles left before I was home. Let me tell you. That's A LOT in the cold, frigid rain. My legs and eyelids were numb. I kept going up until the intersection before my apartments. I shouldn't have stopped, but that stupid red light made me. I was about to pass out, it was really scaring me at that point! I could hardly walk home. Couldn't even get my key out, my hands were so frozen.
I did stop about 1.5 miles in beforehand and walk because my ankle hurt and not the good hurt. Had I not walked I could have made it home. I know it. However, then I could also have an injured ankle.
You can understand, I'm sure, as to why I called it one of the worst experiences. But I also called it the best. I call this one of the best experiences because I had FUN. It was awesome, up until the end. Running in the rain, knowing how numb my legs were getting and not even caring, wiping the rain off my face, sticking my tongue out, running harder to fight the wind, and so on. I hope people who were driving by and saw me thought that I was dedicated. Even though I really had no other way to get home other than to walk or run, that WAS dedication. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but I'd remember to bring my phone so I could get picked up. :)
Unfortunately, I didn't make 4 miles. I just couldn't finish it. It was raining too hard at that point and my whole body was numb. I made it to 2.58. I'm not doing so well on my training, now am I? Tsk, tsk. Shame, shame.