Saturday, June 2, 2012


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A friend of mine invited me to stay overnight at her house on a recent trip to Seattle.  The next morning, we decided to go for a run.  She opened her window curtain to greet the morning.  

“Gorgeous day!” she said, bright-eyed and cheery.  

As I sipped my hot tea, I visualized a tantalizing run through the quaint neighborhood of Queen Anne, known for its stunning architectural homes, sweeping views, and charming shops.

After finishing my warm cup of Chai tea latte that warmed my soul, I stepped outside to get a whiff of the fresh scent of evergreen.  Instead, cold musty air dampened my spirits.  “It’s cloudy and drizzling!” 

If it’s one thing I learned in Seattle, it’s to embrace what you have and appreciate the beauty in the little things.  In Seattle, it often rains so any break in the weather pattern is always a welcomed delight, even if it is cloudy and drizzling. 

Here in Pacifica where I live, I used fog as an excuse not to run.  I’ll look out my window and if I see is a grey mist, I’d crawl back into bed.  “It’s too cold and windy.  I’ll get sick,” I’d complain.  If I use that excuse all the time, I’ll never get to run for a good part of the year. 

Now when I look out my window, I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say to myself with a smile, “It’s a gorgeous day!”  Then I lace my shoes and go out for a run.  There is nothing like the feeling of joy and accomplishment after a nice long run…no matter what the weather is.

Happy Running!


  1. You are so right. The only times I won't run outside is if it's pouring rain or frigid cold (black ice can be dangerous) It's always good to embrace the day and try to be as positive as possible. Although when it rains here it means adding 20-30 minutes to my already horrendous commute, but at least I have a job right? ;)
    Have a great day! Happy running!!

    1. I'd say pouring rain and frigid cold are legit. Excuses!

  2. I've never been to Seattle, but have heard about the rain. I agree that it's easy to find excuses not to run when the weather is bad. But I've also found that some of my best and most memorable runs were on days when the weather wasn't perfect. It's all about attitude and not thinking but just doing. You've got the right attitude.

    1. You are so right. Attitude is key! I see that rain did not stop you from running your 5k and you did very well. Congrats!

    2. One of my most memorable runs started in the sunshine, but I was drenched by the time I got home. And I do mean drenched. The rain chased me into a dead-end street. I tried to hide under the tree, but I was still getting wet and it didn't look like it was letting up any time soon. So I faced the ran. My shoes were squishy when I got home. I still remember the sound of the rain approaching me. Wild.

    3. Thanks for stopping by, Christie! Hey, but you ran your miles. Good for you. I just hope you didn't get sick. Now that's the consequence.

  3. RG,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. And thanks for the congrats. Do you have any races planned? I need to get on dailymile.



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