So yesterday I waited until the clouds had appeared as it was too hot to run in the day. At about six i ventured out intending to do my week 8 run 3. The air was thick and I felt like I couldn't breathe so I switched to doing what my run club are doing this week (two twelve minute intervals) to give myself a break. I was on a country road with lovely hilly fields on one side and trees on my side with the path. I had finished my first twelve minutes and knew I could cope with the second set. Then there was a flash and an almighty roll of thunder and the air went deliciously cool. I was wearing a lycra sports top and leggings and my trainners and had a stop watch just to complete the picture.
I started to run again and the rain started to fall. Yum - cool and lovely and I thought this is nice. Then something made me look over my shoulder. There was a wall of white headed my way coming up behind me. Wow I thought that is RAIN. Then the rain hit me and it was so heavy I couldn't see. I found a little bit of the thin path that gave some shelter. That was when the first hail stones bounced up off the floor and I realised what the white wall was. It hit my spot and there was nothing I could do, it had gone very dark and very cold and it felt like I was being hit with glass. I wrapped myself round a pole with a road sign on and was literraly shouting with pain.
Amazingly two cars pulled over and I was rescued by two lovely ladies who despite the fact that I was completely drenched - there was so much water on my face I thought my contacts had come out - they let me get in their car and drove me back to my town. Once I jumped out of the car there and said thanks - I started to jog home - I was literally soaked through. It hadn't rained or hailed there though so I got some funny looks. I think they probably thought I was doing some kind of wet run or that I was the worlds sweatiest runner!!!
Those two women were life savers though - its funny now but at the time I had no where to go that would get me out of the blinking painful hail - proper big balls of it too!!!! Thank god for neon pink on my trainners otherwise I don't think they would have spotted me, despite my huge legging clad bottom!
Just thought I would share my little adventure.