|Mile 5 before the rain came|
The other major fact for today's run was the weather. The temperature started around 39 degrees and by the end of the run was at a balmy 36 degrees. Not that big of a deal, except for the fact that from mile-marker nine until mile-marker twenty I was running in a light but steady rain.
Since I do not have the luxury of corporate sponsorship and my means are quite limited, I do not exactly have the right gear for these kind of conditions. In other words, I was wearing four long sleeve shirts that got soaked through very fast and the same with the hat and gloves. I found that they got so cold, due to the air temp and them being soaked, that I was better off without them.
Eventually my twenty year old son, a.k.a. my supply guy, a.k.a. the guy who brings me the protein bars and coffee, a.k.a. the guy who works evenings with me so that the bills get paid while we make this dream a reality, a.k.a. my wing-man in this adventure showed up with a windbreaker and pants that kept the wind at bay, but eventually got just as soaked. The recurring thought that kept repeating in my head today was; "Without challenge, there is not achievement". For some reason, the greater the adversity, the more we tend to appreciate the achievement. Remember that the next time things get a little more difficult. Life IS, after all, always what we make it.
For the record, today's official run time was 6 hrs and 47 min (Don't want to make a habit of that!)