I know it's tough to embrace the rainy days after 3 gorgeous month of almost nothing but sunshine. For all I know we had the driest August and Semptember on record.
So here are a few thoughts that hopefully will help you drag your tired self out of bed and head out when you can hear the pitter patter of raindrops outside the house.
The rainforest in the fall offers new delights. On my two hour outing today I ran in streams that would have made most creeks blush even two weeks ago. There are waterfalls in plenty of places and you rediscover the purpose of many bridges and boardwalks that seemed so pointless throughout the summer. You will discover the charm of the rainforest in the rain. That's its natural state. In the summer it's like a trail runner on the road or a fish out of water ... you know what I mean. The mist, the fog, the drops, the sound of the creeks. You also get a good agility workout while rock and stream hopping (up until your shoes and socks are soaked through anyway and you plough staight through the water).
Being in the forest takes the edge of. That applies to the rain, the wind and your worldly worries and problems.
You get to test your gear. Is that soft shell really rainproof? Do your fancy new shoes drain well, or do those top of the line Gore-Tex sneakers do an equally good job keeping the water in as they do keeping it out in a light drizzle. In my case I discovered today that washing my clothes in the machine and sending them for a second rinse cycle without detergent after is not enough to prevent my legs from getting all foamy and sudsy after prolonged rain exposure.
A hot shower, dry clothes or your favourite post workout treat hardly ever feel as good as they do after getting thoroughly soaked.
Come spring you'll appreciate you kept up some baseline activity throughout the rainy season.
You'll be glad you ran even though you might not feel like it from the start.
And last but not least Seymour Sundays will be back on the schedule soon to keep you committed throughout the darker months. And even though I can't promise you rain every week there is sure to be some. So after all these reasons don't you dare make me wait for you while you are staying in bed.
WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS to run in the rain? Please comment.
See you out there.