Monday, November 8, 2010

All Hail The Shrooms

I'm so excited!
And I just can't hide it!
I'm gonna run again and I think I like it!

Really...just 1.84 miles this morning...on the treadmill...intervals...but it felt oh so good to be moving again! I had exactly ZERO ankle issues and cardiovascularly fine, but the shins were t.i.g.h.t.
Nothing a little more daily stretching can't cure.

Finished my work early and decided to take Ki out for a quick hike. Steve tried to calm my nerves scare the crap out of me by bringing to my attention that a woman was attacked by a bear in Gig Harbor and I saw in the news that John Chelminiak is back at work after his bear attack a couple months ago. What's interesting, though, is that these two recent Washington attacks were not really "out in the woods", so even though I wanted to be comforted by this vision in the middle of my trail today...

...I really wasn't.

We saw some great shrooms growing everywhere and I wondered if they were edible.

Then the black skies came crowding in on us. Soon the hail was blasting down on us like tacks and finally the biggest downpour I've seen so far this year. Would YOU head back or stay out and enjoy the cleansing the sky delivered? We kept on going - faces to the sky - soaking it all in.

By the time we got back to the truck it had started to hail again....

I loved it!

I remember telling my brother some years ago...maybe when I was training for my first marathon in 2005...that I had never run in the rain before. He couldn't believe it!...and now neither can I. I love being out in the fresh air...the rain, the snow, even the hail.

I have definitely struggled with extremes like the 95+ temps at Pac Crest in 2008 and the extreme cold on the top of Mount St. Helens that had me shaking so badly it hurt, but for the most part I like being out in it.

So how about you?
Do you just suck it up and get 'er done? Or enjoy it all? Or stay inside when the weather turns bad?


Helen said...

You know I was just thinking about this the other day - what am I going to do? My reasons for hating being out in the extreme elements are mostly from not dressing am I going to fix it, or stay in? Some days I will stay in, but most days I'm gonna get 'er done!!! LOL
Julie you know how I feel about the bear stuff...cougars too. Attach some bells to your shoes and talk to Ki - ALOT!!!
I can't believe you've beat me to hail - we've been clear here so far and the temps are going up for the week...I'll take it while I can get it!

RunKathyRun said...

Thanks for stopping by! Yeah for Oregon rain, running and blogging! After my little pity party, I headed out and got just shy of 5.5 decent miles in and then headed to Yoga; I was tired but rejuvenated when I finished.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I stay inside over the winter, but this year since I'm more into running, I'm going to try to at least one run a week outside. YOU are such an adventurous girl, I love it!

Glad to hear you were able to run today too, I hope that ankle keeps getting better for ya!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

I love the rain but don't know how I feel about being out in it. Especially in hail! Seems painful. LOL

Yay for a run again. I bet that felt great.

Julie said...

Running in hail beats riding bikes in hail - SO much more painful to be cruising on a bike in it - OUCH!

Julie D. said...

Hey julie! thanks for commenting and stopping by my blog. Thanks for the tips. I have seen a chiropractor before but not for these issues...i think I'll have to make an appt. I love running in the rain...don't those of us who live in the NW, have to?! :) That hail is crazy though...not sure I would go for that.

LizN said...

Hi julie,

I love Ki - is he a husky?

Liz :)

Julie said...

How are you doing??

Yes Ki is a Siberian Husky. She's small, even for a female husky...well short, anyways. They make great fur babies. LOVE to be around people, so although she has the hair covering for snowy weather, she prefers to be cuddled up under our feet inside :-)
She sure loves being outdoors when I'm with her, tho.