‘Twas a Dark and Stormy Run

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Word on the street is that a lot of the country is experiencing less-than-ideal weather.  We don’t have any snow, but we sure do have rain.


Fun fact: Rain is my favorite type of weather.  This is probably because I was born and raised in Miami; tropical thunderstorms are a daily summer occurrence in my home state.  When I moved to Pittsburgh and got less rain (well, at least the windows-thumping-puddles-forming variety), I was so sad!  Charlotte seems to strike a balance between the two.    


However, it was raining MUCH too hard to actually run in, so I kept delaying my run.  And delaying and delaying.  Finally it was clear enough out to go!  I did 4.0 miles.  It was easy-peasy.  It’s funny how training for a longer race seriously warps your perspective.  Three months ago, I would’ve been dry heaving at the thought of running for forty minutes, but now it’s just my regular weekday training run.  Gotta love that!  I am, however, still dry heaving with nerves at the thought of running 13.1 miles on race day.


My other workout of the holiday week included a swim on Monday.  Remember how, a few weeks ago, a guy refused to lane share with me? And how I said that in all my years of swimming, that had never, ever happened before?  Well, it happened AGAIN on Monday!  I couldn’t believe it.  I’ve decided that this must have something to do with my current gym.  I used to swim at the aquatic center, so there were loads of triathletes and other die-hard swimmers who knew the rules (you must lane share if asked).  I guess people at my current pool just don’t see all the signs posted everywhere that swimmers must share?!  Hummmmph.  Regardless, I did my usual M.O. – I smiled, acted like I didn’t hear the insanely awkward refusal to share, and just got in the water anyway.  So strange…  Now I’m all nervous to go back to the pool in case I encounter another poor non-sharer!


So. Yes.  A mish-mash of a post, but that’s what I’ve been up to, fitness-wise.  Running in dreary weather and getting told off by senior citizens because I dare desire to share a pool lane.  Saaaa-weet.  What’s new with you guys?



  • Coco December 26, 2012, 9:13 pm

    How awkward! I’m not a swimmer, but etiquette is etiquette, no matter who you are! Yikes. And you are right–the weather has been BAD up north…I live in Baltimore and today was brutal.

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow December 26, 2012, 9:15 pm

    The thought of running one mile makes ME want to dry heave, so I’m envious of your easy 4 miler! I’ve just never gotten over that “hump” to the “yes! this is finally enjoyable!” part. I need to get back out there and try some more, because I would love to be where you are!

  • Katie H. December 26, 2012, 9:15 pm

    It is funny how it feels like no big deal to run longer distances. Sometimes when I go for a “short” run, I have to remind myself that 3-4 miles is still a workout!!

  • Jen December 26, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Oh, sweetie. Don’t let the pool thing get you down. Do you think it’s too much to let them know before you hop in that the rules state that they have to share, and you are just trying to be courteous?

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 26, 2012, 10:27 pm

    I was thinking the same thing today about running distance perspective. I did five miles, which was considered a “short run” during training and now it feels long!

  • Kerry December 27, 2012, 1:20 am

    As a competitive swimmer, I’d much rather someone ask me to share my lane rather than surprise me by popping up in the middle of a lap. If I’m alone in the lane I tend to swim down the middle of the lane rather than circle swim, I don’t want to run someone over.

  • Sarahf December 27, 2012, 3:24 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard that lane sharing thing. I just hop right on, I’ve never asked! It seems a no-brainer, if there are more people than lanes, they hav to share. Grr. Rude people aggravate me. Good going on the running. You’ll cruise the half, no problem!!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes December 27, 2012, 8:03 am

    Wow, I can’t believe *another* swimmer refused to share the lane! Where’s his Christmas spirit? Must be a swimming scrooge. 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed December 27, 2012, 8:35 am

    I think I’d be tempted to do a cannon ball into the lane 🙂 My fitness routine has finally been somewhat consistent since I finally rejoined a gym! Last night I did some sprint/jog/walk intervals on the indoor track (ideal when its pouring rain and in the 30s!) and some lifting. I feel sore today and I love it!

    • Julie December 27, 2012, 1:28 pm


  • Danya December 27, 2012, 8:39 am

    I’m a swimmer and couldn’t imagine saying no to anyone who wanted to share a lane! Honestly, what does it hurt?! Good for you for getting in anyways, not sure I would’ve had the guts to do that.

  • Christina December 27, 2012, 9:07 am

    Ugh! I’m sure there’s a lifeguard or manager around- it should be their job to enforce the rules, not yours! If someone doesn’t share I have talked to the lifeguard. I think this will get worse after the new year when there will be a lot of new people in the gyms until mid-January.

  • Lekki December 27, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Can’t believe they didn’t lane share! As a sometime swimmer, I have to confess to ducking my head down when I see someone approaching hoping they will ask someone else, but I would NEVER say no, or be ungracious and make the asker feel guilty. I wouldn’t enjoy my swim if someone was standing on the sidelines – I know how losing time like that can totally screw up a workout.

  • Lekki December 27, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I should clarify: by ducking my head down, I try not to specifically catch their eye. I am totally available to ask…

  • Abby December 27, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, it’s hard enough to get yourself to jump into a cold pool in the middle of winter anyway, let alone when you know someone doesn’t even want to share a lane with you! I’m seriously hoping it doesn’t happen to you again..

  • zuupdesign December 27, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the great share and helpful hints. I am going to try a few of these and see how they work! Thanks.

  • Amber K December 27, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Good for you for getting in the water anyway! I would feel super awkward and would probably have just left.

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