As I type the rain is teaming down. Pauly is tucked up inside enjoying a sit-down. Arrr summer rain. We dairy farmer types love it! While everyone else is longing for the warmth and the sunshine we are crossing our fingers for lots of beautiful drenching, earth rescuing summer rain to grow the pastures to feed the cows.
Summer rain means a respite to the drudge and labour intensive farming activity known as irrigation. If you ever need to lose a bit of weight, tone up and get the best workout of all, just let me know. Come to our farm and learn how to manage the irrigators. AND you can get a sun tan while you do it. But not today, it’s raining!
This week as runners we have successfully dodged the rain with some runs and not with others.
Wednesday saw Pauly and I off for 14km undulating run after work. We ran down River Road. The storm clouds were looming; by the time we got to our 7km turn around point the light drizzle had turned into soaking wetness! We hadn’t run out this road quite so far before. It was just so pretty, peaceful and soul renewing. Despite being wet from top to bottom, complete with squelching running shoes, we both had a really happy, fun run. It was raining but it was warm.
Today, Friday, was long run day. Another one of those massive runs to put into our run bank that on marathon day we will withdraw the benefits from. Another go at the Meander 10km loop. 32kms was the distance for today, starting at 6:15am and finishing just before 9:45am. The rain clouds were evident but looked like they would take a break and hold off for the morning. At one point the morning sun burned off the clouds (right at the 24th km). It was so hot! But then the cool of the overcast skies returned almost immediately. I found today’s run tough! But I made it!
It’s summer in Tasmania: sometimes we run dry and sometimes we run wet. But no matter what when there is a marathon to be trained for we run. 32kms firmly and securely deposited in our run bank ready for withdrawal on Sunday 11 January 2015. Go Team Huey, Dewey and Louie!
This weekend I have two lovely running friends running the Bruny Island Ultra – 64kms of undulating running on a small island right down south of Tasmania. The tentative plan is for Pauly to run this in 2015 with me as support crew and then swap in 2016. All the best to my lovely friends who are running this weekend! I hope the skies are kind to you.
Happy running 🙂