Holy smokes. I don't know if I should call this my most exciting or terrifying run. Around dinner time last night, I decided to head out for Week 5, Run 1. It was pretty overcast but I was fine running in the rain, if need be. About 8 minutes in, the rain started. I live in a subdivision but like to head towards the dirt roads that offer lots of woods and seclusion. I had just about made it to my turn to head down the same dirt road I always do, when my alert system on my phone went off notifying me of lightning nearby. I didn't think much of it....it was just sprinkling and I was really enjoying the feeling of running in the rain. It felt great. And then the clouds shifted. The sprinkles quickly turned into a downpour. The wind picked up speed (I read 70 MPH). I estimate I was 1 mile or so from my house by now and I began sprinting as fast as I could. Another alert on my phone "Lightning 1 mile NW, Take cover." Then the hail began and for the last 1/2 mile I was pelted with golfball size hail.
The moment I made it to my door I literally fell to the floor. The pain from the hail finally hit and I realized how badly I was hit, pelts up and down my arms and hands.
The bad news: Power is supposed to be out for up to 3 days and we have multiple massive trees down.
The great news: I definitely ran my fastest mile to date.