d.c. area trails training

Running in the Rain

Cloudy morning run on the Matthew Henson Trail in mid-March.
Cloudy morning run on the Matthew Henson Trail in mid-March.

Running outdoors has been challenging these past few months — the bitter cold, constant snow storms, and this weekend, the endless rain. Not only did we get non-stop rain, but hail and snow joined in the mix as well on Sunday. Quite an odd sight considering we were two days away from April.

Nevertheless I made my way outdoors on Saturday for an early morning run in the rain. It wasn’t too bad. A mile or so in, you don’t even notice the wet wind on your face and drops blowing into your eyes anymore. Some people would even consider it refreshing. I’m not sure if I’m one of them.

I did 5 miles on the Matthew Henson Trail in Silver Spring, Md. The slight inclines and slick paths made for a good workout; my body was thoroughly sore the next day.

I also got sick. I’m not sure if it was from the rainy run or from something else — I had been a little under the weather all week, so it could be unrelated to the run.

The sun is out today (finally), but the forecast is calling for more showers this week. I’ll be Wilmington, NC this weekend where it’s supposed to be in the upper 70s (yes!). But until then, looks like I’ll be hitting the treadmill.

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