TNT: The Accidental Runner; T-Minus Two Weeks And Counting....

We had our last long run this past Saturday in preparation for the Half Marathon. We were slated to run ten miles, and after that, beginning next week we do a major taper down to six miles and then......(cue the Theme music from "Jaws") it's that time....

I want to throw out a HUGE thank you and hugs to the following for helping me with my fundraising, with emotional support, and for listening to me bitch about training with patience and a solid slap upside the head when needed:
The F.O.G.I.E.S.
Mike Campbell
Ed Spence
Web Chief (Dave)
and all the folks out in Western NY who gave up their dollars and support.
I exceeded my fundraising goal by $300, and thanks are due to Dave, Colleen and Brianna Blank for their love and support, and especially Brianna for providing me with the inspiration to do this again.
If I missed anyone on this list, my apologies....I've begun the full-on panicking process over the upcoming run and my thoughts are a bit scattered.

Right, back to yesterday's run....

It was muggy, it was buggy, and it was threatening to rain all morning, but we ran to the five mile mark, touched the mile marker pole (a little superstition) and headed back....we get to the ten mile mark, look at the sky and decide that it won't kill us to run out one more half mile and get a solid 11 miles in for our last prep run.

All was well until we made the turn at the half mile mark....... Then God laughed.....the light breeze we'd been running against all morning revved up into a 50 mph or faster gale force wind, the clouds turned an ugly shade of green, purple and black, the lightning started up and then.....the monsoon. I haven't seen it rain that hard since I went camping on Memorial Weekend 2002 (yes, I remember the tend to remember the times when your tent starts sliding downhill with you in it). We looked at each other....dropped a couple of f-bombs, and started running like we were being chased by Freddy Kruger.

We finally reached the parking lot and found shelter in the restroom. I've never been so wet in my life. I took one sneaker off and literally poured about a half-cup of water out of my shoe.
It was a squishy ride home.

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Comment by Jim on July 4, 2008 at 5:56pm
How about a down pour while in a parade. While wearing a wool kilt. With a tender drum hanging from your shoulder. Those litle flat caps just let the water run down your neck like a roof with a 12-12 pitch, into a gutter. LOL ! Jim
Comment by turk182 on June 15, 2008 at 1:45pm
Run FASNY Run!
Hope all went well with the marathon.

Thanks You for doing such a great thing!
Comment by turk182 on June 6, 2008 at 6:39pm
Good Luck on the up coming marathon!
Comment by Engineco913 on June 2, 2008 at 4:05pm
I guess that would make him the WW but that would be deemed inappropriate and also confused with weight watchers. Just "Wonder?" Hmmm
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on June 2, 2008 at 6:45am
The WHW without his hat??? Say it isn't so.....

What's that they say about not having the common sense to come in out of the rain?......
Comment by Tiger Schmittendorf on June 2, 2008 at 12:02am
I had a very similar experience last Tuesday night as I was standing at the top of a mound overlooking the battlefields in Gettysburg. The skies opened up and it rained so hard I couldn't talk or see. I just had to stand there and take it. I can't remember ever being so drenched to the bone.

Gee, I wonder why I have pneumonia?

It was actually kind of eerie and inspirational to be in that place in the rain as the sun was coming down below the clouds right before it set behind the mountains.

Your drive to survive will push you past the finish line and your goal of helping others who can't help themselves. Keep up the great work. Victory is at hand.

PS - I really could have used my white hat to keep me dry... I'll have to remember that next time. LOL!
Comment by Kimberly A Bownas on June 1, 2008 at 11:02pm
Great job by the way. You are the best and you can do it...
Comment by LadyChaplain on June 1, 2008 at 8:07pm
We still love you!!!!!!! Keep goin' hun! You'll kick that half marathon's butt in no time!!!
Comment by Kimberly A Bownas on June 1, 2008 at 6:52pm
Oooh Babe, you have not seen anything till that happens when you are marching... Been there and done that. A lot of fun.... :oP

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