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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rain? Snow? Wind? Pshhhh! Sounds like fun!

When the weather forecast calls for 40% rain/snow mix you never know what you're going to get.  Those weather predictions are rarely accurate.  I figured 40% looked like pretty good odds that our run would be dry.  Well, it was dry.  Aaaaand, then it wasn't. 

I picked up Katherine at 6:30am and we headed to Draper Park to run the Porter Rockwell trail.  It was cold, but the clouds didn't seem too ominous.  Then, around 3.5 miles it started sprinkling.  No biggie.  We have run in the rain and snow a million times.  But then at the half way point the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, and the snow/rain mix started pelting us like mad.  It was fairly miserable, but of course, we were still having fun!  We knew there was a tunnel coming and we could get out of the wet snow and wind when we got there.  We were really happy when we got to the tunnel and braced ourselves for the final few miles in the freezing storm.  

We made it, happy as clams to be back at the car.  My hands were so frozen that I couldn't turn the key in the ignition!  Luckily Katherine's hands don't get as cold as mine, and she was able to.  It was just like old times.  Running in the most ridiculous of weather.  I wouldn't want to do it with anyone else!  Thanks for the run, Katherine!  

A beautiful sunrise greeted us as we began our run.
We ran on part of the Porter Rockwell trail that we'd never been on before.  That was super fun!

Half way.  Let the fun and games begin!
Can you see the snow coming down?
We were soaked already with three miles left to go!
Renee: "Hey, Katherine!  There's a light at the end of the tunnel!"  I crack myself up!

And of course, we have to stop for a picture with Rex, who was all dressed up for Halloween!
Look familiar?

We took a different route back and it cut our run a little short, but that's just fine considering the weather conditions!

9.23 miles
12:27 average pace

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