Running with Thunder

First of all, that sounds like an awesome Native American name. Second of all, let me start off with saying that, I am not a runner. I am not good at running, but I am learning to be better. Most people think, since I’m a personal trainer, that I am good at and/or enjoy every form of exercise. Wrong. But right now, we are gearing up to do an obstacle race (i.e. Warrior Dash) training class so I need to get my endurance up. Okay, back to why I’m writing this.

I’ve been running two miles lately, never going past it. I’ve been able to manage it semi-alright lately. And I’ve been trying to do it at a park, McIntosh Park, close to work. With the mindset of doing another 2 miles yesterday, with the possibility of going a little further, the clouds rolled in. I didn’t really think it was going to rain, but as I hit the pavement/trail, drops began to fall. Thunderheads were in the distance and, soon enough, they began rumbling. Rain starting falling heavier and lightning flashed–actually saw the bolts!

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McIntosh Lake

McIntosh Lake

By the two mile run, I still had enough energy. I had my headphones in, but no music playing (didn’t feel like holding them) so I could hear the rain and thunder. Somehow, I think it energized me because I was enjoying it. Though my feet were getting tired, I plugged on. I was slightly wary of getting struck by lightning during the no-trees part, but I figured that would make a good story, too.

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I ended up running the full trail–3.6 miles! I was absolutely shocked and extremely proud of myself for going the whole way without stopping–at a decent pace too! Took me 32 minutes for the thing. After an experience like that, I can appreciate running more, and if you’re looking for a gift for a runner in your life, look no further than That Sweet Gift!

3.6 mi run

Moral of the story: Don’t fear the rain 

Real moral of the story: Don’t ever limit yourself, you never know what you can achieve




21 Responses to "Running with Thunder"

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  1. shirleyujeste

    May 8, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Sweat mixed with rain equals power. :-)

  2. Sarah McBride

    May 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    There is something amazing about running in the rain. It is my favorite time to go on a run!

  3. Alison @ The Fit Chronicles

    May 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

    3.6 miles in 32 minutes is impressive! great job! …and glad you survived the lightning!

  4. jenereesa

    May 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    If you run, you are a runner, Miss Running with Thunder! :)

  5. healthcarespectator

    May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Great post! There’s always some type of exhilaration when you run in the rain!

  6. MichelleK

    May 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Yay on going father :) I love a good thunderstorm run.

  7. kallie089

    May 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Awesome job!!

  8. Eva McElwain Tucci

    May 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    great job …you know I am never deterred from walking in bad weather tho lightning i s my one down fall …way to go Alana ..but stay safe lol

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