Monday, March 19, 2012

The Curse of the Shorts

Oh, Nation. Or should I say, everywhere but here. This past week in Seattle has been miserable, rainy more than normal, grey, cold, and gross. I wouldn't whine too much, but my roommate keeps pointing out to me how everywhere else in the U.S. is having beautiful spring weather. I have really big green eyes of envy right now.

This Saturday, I wanted to take things a little easy. I haven't committed to any races in the near future, so I figured I would wake up and pick a distance based on how I felt. Well, I think I woke up feeling like 8, but my groggy mind didn't wake up fast enough so I only had enough time for 6.

It was, of course, raining. I looked outside and just thought, "Oh great. Here we go again." I figured that it was just going to warm up and get nicer during the day so I was optimistic (and REALLY ready for spring weather) so I threw on running shorts instead of my running tights for the day.

Off I went. No big deal. 1 mile and then 2 miles done in the rain. My legs were a little red but I thought it would be fine. And THEN, it started snowing, really hard, in the middle of my run. I shortened the 6 miles to 5 (there wasn't any other way to make it shorter) and ran for home. 25 minutes later, I arrived at my house soaked, cold, and as red as tomato. Brrr. That's what I get for being optimistic about the weather. That's what I get for trying to force spring to come out.

And for the ironic twist, later that day, in the afternoon, the clouds went away, the sun came out, and the weather warmed up. I was hanging out with the BF and he asked if I wanted to go for a walk. My reply? "No, I'm mad at the outdoors right now." I know, I pouted and have the maturity of a 5 year old.

Other news:
I'm doing Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage with a group from the Seattle Greenlake Running Group. Yep, 11 strangers and 2 days of crazy running, but it's on my running wish-list.

Nuun is now accepting applications for the 2012 Nuun Hood-to-Coast teams. This year is my year!!! (Or so I really hope, because I made alternate last year)

I rode my bike. No, not for long at all and not far, but it's obvious that I've been neglecting some other sport(s) in my life for running. I think I need to put a little more time into one of them, at least.

I signed up to do a writing challenge for next month with WEGO Health. What does that mean? A possible 30 posts in 30 days. It should go well if I manage to get most of the posts written early and saved.


  1. I can relate to the red legs! It happens to me every time I run in rain if it's at all cold. My dad tells me the thing he remembers most about my freezing cold first marathon in 1997 is my pink legs. :^)

    Good luck with the various contests and challenges!

  2. Yay for Ragnar, I'm doing it too! :-) I barely know anyone on my team too! And yay for nuun, I'm definitely applying. I hope you get it!