Mr. J. showed up not longer after I did. And so we hammered out 10 miles today. At times during the run, the rain feels like it is easing up on us. But then, there were many times when it just comes down a little hard. It wasn't a downpour. It was kinda like a heavy drizzle.
Even with the rain and the 40 degree temps, it got a little too hot for me. I wore a pair of long pants, a long sleeve base layer and my running jacket and a reflective vest. So, after our first 5K loop, we stopped by the vehicle and I took off my running jacket. Much better.
I didn't really plan today's route. It was more of a run-as-I-go kinda run. I used to do that a lot when I run alone. I just run and turn and run and turn until I hit the targeted miles. We stepped on a few puddles and got our feet wet. It was cold. About mile 8 or so into the run, I realized that I can't feel my arms, thighs, or toes or belly.
I had quite a number of thoughts during my run today even though I was with someone. My mind just drifts.
Firstly, I thought about running alone and I kinda miss running long runs all by myself. I miss not having to keep up or slow someone else down. I miss not feeling the need to talk. But I sure do enjoy having company during the long runs too. Misery loves company, right?
Next, I thought about what I was going to eat after my run. I want something hot and soupy - like a bowl of soupy udon noodles, or miso soup. That would be delicious! And that would definitely warm the belly. I always think about food during my runs.
I wondered about what kind of runner I am. I don't go fast. I just run. Sometimes I like to compete with myself and try to do better/farther than the previous run. But mostly, I just run. I like moving around like that. I think I really can't run with someone during a race. I run my own race. I want to enjoy my race. I can't worry about keeping up or slowing down for someone during a race. It's all about me!
I also thought about more boring, yucky, important stuff like the house, my visa extension and work. Blah! I'm pounding out the frustrations with those things as I ran.
Anyway, that's 10 miles done, in the cold rain. I feel like a champ! I have 2 more long runs to go before Feb 13. I'm excited.
How was your run? How was your weekend?