Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dang that was Crap-tastic

Warning - Not the usual happy post. This was so crap-tastic it boardered on ridiculous and I had to share.

On Sunday I took the plunge and signed up for the Fleet Feet half marathon training series. It's hot and I haven't been running. At all. Last year I really wanted to do the City of Oak Half Marathon and I made it up to 7 miles in my training plan, then I got lazy and didn't do it. 

This year I needed an extra kick in the pants to get myself going and I signed up to run with a group. Tuesday night was the first run, a 3 mile time trial. I signed up for the program at the North Raleigh location and figured that's where we'd start. Nope... That was just the beginning.

I get to the store and no, I went to the wrong one. The run started at 6pm and I was 25 minutes from the other store. The people at the North Raleigh Fleet Feet told me to try and make it to the Wade Avenue Store. Locals, you know how impossible it is to get to Wade Avenue from North Raleigh but it was the first night and I wasn't going to miss dammit! I booked it to the other store and had some serious road rage. I hate, hate, hate being late and I already drank my pre-workout beverage. Pre-workout beverage with no workout makes me ragey. Like I want to beat everyone with a stick if I don't work out in 15 minutes.

Any ways, as I was getting there, the groups were juuuust leaving. I was pulling into the parking lot and they were all lined up. Argh! I parked, ran into the store, signed in and took off running to try and catch them. I made it to some of the coaches and they said to be sure to turn around if it starts thundering and lightening.

So I'm running, faster than I should be, trying to catch up, like a 9 min mile which I can maintain for about 5 minutes. Oh, and it was my first run in my new Hokas (not a fan). Finally I see the first group running towards me and a little past 1 mile I finally saw the people ahead of me. 

At about 1.15 miles into the 3 miles and the turn around in sight, the first thunder happens. Fuck.

I turn around. About a minute later, a torrential downpour. Like I need to build an ark downpour. First of all, I don't run in the rain, ever. I hate being wet and I would never, ever run in the rain. Did I mention I was using my phone as my GPS because I took my Garmin to work and left it there? Yeah, I did. But I had to get back to the store, so run in the rain I did. I'm sure I negative split on the way back but I was afraid to take out my phone. 

It was as awful as I expected it to be. The one bright spot was the nice lady who told me that my mascara was running down my face. Thank the Lord she did. I'm sure I looked like Alice Cooper circa the 1970s Muppet Show. 


I don't know that I've ever been more wet in my life. Back at the store I wrung out my shirt and left a big puddle of water on the floor. (outside the store)

I was really concerned about my phone, I was wearing a pair of pants with a pocket on the side, where I put my phone. I got back to Fleet Feet and I was super nervous. I almost went into the Whole Foods to get some rice from their bulk bin. Ugh, how pretentious. Whole Foods bulk rice. 

I was so cranky I was wet, I stomped around Whole Foods leaving little puddles behind me and even left there without getting any dinner.

On my way home it stopped raining a bit and a rainbow appeared. The rainbow ended at Chipotle. It was a sign.

A sign that I needed to get a chicken burrito bowl.

When I left Chipotle the other end of the rainbow was Starbucks. Another sign.

I really really hope this isn't the a glimpse of what's to come.


  1. Oh no, how frustrating!! Sorry it went like that, I hope next time is better!

  2. Oh gosh... that's just miserable. Not bad running in a light rain but oh no, not that.
    The rainbows on the 2 places is hilarious!!!

    1. I know, right? When I realized it was both ends of the rainbow I couldn't stop laughing.

  3. I agree! Chipolte and Starbucks are def the gold at the end of the rainbow for me!

  4. Okay that is just AWFUL! I'm so sorry! BUT the rainbows ending at Chipotle and Starbucks cracked me up and it sounds like it was the perfect time for those signs for you!

    1. I am so not a person who runs in the rain and the weather is calling for rain tonight as well. Nope

  5. I'm sad that you don't love rain runs. But I get it.
    I'm also said you don't like your new shoes, because I know those babies were cheap.
    Also, I'm really glad Suzy2.5 (my cell phone) is water proof. That really takes the pressure off changing the song during the middle of my shower and my rain runs when possible.

    1. I really, really hate being wet. Hate it. True story, I totally took those Hokas back to the store and swapped them for the Sacucony Ride 8s.Sadly my phone isn't toast but it definitely isnt' right. Meh.