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Running in the Rain

Despite a cold front and hard rain this morning, my ten-year-old running buddy was eager to get up when the alarm went off. We were going to a 5 k mud/obstacle race on a ranch in the next town. It was his first full 5 k, and he was ready.

After registration we shivered in our wet clothes, listening to the thunder and the rain growing harder, unaware that we were under a tornado warning, waiting for the race to start. Ben was ready to run; I was ready for another cup of coffee.

It didn’t take long to realize it was much too wet to be a ‘mud’ run. The creek crossings were roaring rapids; waist high on me and chest high on Ben. Up and down, cross a creek, go up a hill, under ropes, over logs. Flip tires, dodge a cactus, watch out for the llamas, cattle, and wild hogs.

The rain didn’t let up during the race. Despite the burning that I always feel when I’m running faster than I want to, I laughed a few times, realizing how much fun it still is to play in the rain, the mud, and quick-moving rain water. Since I started out slow, I got to pass people the whole race, which also made it fun.

By the way, I’m making it sound like Ben and I were running together. We were not. He started off sprinting. I, being the wiser, more experienced runner, laughed and thought, “I’ll catch him within a half mile or so.” The next time I saw him was when I crossed the finish line and he was there to cheer me on.

I didn’t skip an obstacle, but I did jump some low hurdles that I think I was supposed to crawl under. But that’s what the fit, younger girl in front of me did, so who knows?

Ben won first in the under 12 age group and placed 7th over all. I won the old man age group (40-100?), but I would not be willing to admit my time. Still, after neglecting my running for the past three years, I’m happy to be out on the trail again, and Ben and I are both excited for our next race.


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A husband and daddy, striving to love his neighbors and be kind to his pets. I love good food, good beer, and a few good friends. My other interests are hiking, taking walks, lifting weights, reading books by manly authors like Hemmingway and Twain, and splitting fire wood with my bare hands.


24 thoughts on “Running in the Rain

  1. Grand. You both had fun, got some exercise, and maybe inspired some others. Congratulations to both of you. Hugs

    Posted by Scottie | October 13, 2018, 3:46 pm
  2. Nice. A good Saturday nap is in order? Sounds like a blast!

    Posted by jim- | October 13, 2018, 4:06 pm
  3. Nice job. I know I couldn’t have done it. Running and I are not friends. If something is chasing me, I’ll run…unless it’s my wife. Then I just give up and let her catch me. 🙂

    Posted by Ben | October 13, 2018, 5:20 pm
  4. Nothing like a run in the rain. Not sure about the mud though 😜 glad you had fun!

    Posted by Sassyfitnesschick | October 13, 2018, 5:31 pm
  5. What is mud for, but to run through? Glad your kid made it through those chest-high waters without drowning.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | October 13, 2018, 6:55 pm
  6. Way to go Ben! Looks like you guys had fun, mud and all! 😊

    Posted by ellie894 | October 13, 2018, 8:04 pm
  7. Wow awesome! I’ve done some runs before but haven’t done any in the rain and mud like that. It must be quite difficult but fun in a crazy kind of way.

    Posted by TheCovertAtheist | October 14, 2018, 2:27 am
  8. Congratulations! I am full of admiration for you, not least because, the last time I tried running through mud, I slipped and ended up sprawling on my back, much to the amusement of the people around me…

    Posted by Mari Biella | October 14, 2018, 6:44 am
  9. Go Ben! He looks miserable in the picture and I like to think it’s because he was disappointed in the competition. I also like to think your age group contained 100-year-olds.

    Posted by Shayne | October 14, 2018, 8:12 pm
  10. Send some of that rain my way, would’ja? You haven’t commented on my blog for a while.

    Posted by Clever Girl | October 26, 2018, 10:13 pm
  11. Fabulous. Wish I could get my two to run with me, I run with my faithful husky instead; she doesn’t moan as much as the kids 😉

    Posted by ladylowcarb71 | November 7, 2018, 2:11 am

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