This week, we were supposed to have marathon training, as we usually do. Bright and early, at 6am.
On. A. Saturday. Morning.
I was actually dreading it this week. We had been starting training earlier because of the extreme heat (we almost set a record in Dallas for number of consecutive days over 100 degrees). In addition to the extreme heat, Dallas has been experiencing extreme drought too. So these were definitely NOT the ideal conditions for 8 miles of hills marathon training, as your body operates at about 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.
But there was a 30% chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday, August 6th. We asked our coach, Coach Claire, if we still did marathon training in the rain. She said we certainly do, and just to put on a hat and suck it up.
And suck it up I was about to do. It was 5am, and I was jilted awake by my Blackberry’s alarm. I poured out of bed, grudgingly, I might add, and put my shorts, running shoes, and Team In Training shirt on. I was tired from a long and busy week of work, writing marathon training and search engine optimization blogs like this one, meetings and networking events and I just wanted to sleep. Plus, I could hear the rain. I didn’t want to run / walk 7 miles and be cold. I checked my facebook, and the group said that we were still having training.
I get in my car and drive about 2 miles. My friend checks his email. There was thunder (and we DON’T train in thunder) so marathon training was cancelled.
So I quite ungrudgingly poured myself BACK into bed for another few hours, and thanked God that all those years of African Rain Dances I had done had finally accumulated into a sum large enough to cash out.
I’ll be back at it next week though.