Yesterday was just too sticky for a run(-walk) after work - I have immense respect for those of you down south running in higher temperatures than here. The promised storm hit as we were heading to meet friends for a drink, so we got just a tad wet. Nevermind, I thought, that means it will be clear and fresh tomorrow.
So about 5pm today I was thinking about getting ready for that run, and went to get changed. Realised that the sky out the front was looking somewhat dark and my brain registered that the distant rumbling sounds I'd not paid attention to were probably thunder. Quick check of lightning maps and yes, there is a storm heading right for us. So run on hold as I wait for it to pass - and so glad I did as not long after the skies opened and the rain and hail came down in buckets.
Distracted by watching the lightning map showing the storm heading north to Newcastle, I finally went to get changed again. Skies opened again, more rain. Hmmm every time I think about running it absolutely tips it down. Get ready anyway and wait for the latest deluge to end. Once I'm sure it has I set off for my gentle run-walk. Decided that after my experiences in Scotland I'd be strict and stick to 5 min walk, 5 X1 minute runs interspersed with 1 min walking, then walk the rest of the way home.
Ok, so road is very wet and I'm being sprayed by cars but I want to keep on the flat and I know the pavement diverges from the road in a little while. Realise I'm walking towards another massive black cloud. Botheration. Stick to alternating gentle slow running and brisk walking, 1 minute each, eyeing that cloud. About half-way I turn my back on it to head back home - much brighter in this direction, but check over my shoulder a few times. The cloud is making progress. Accidentally do an extra 1 minute run as distracted by cloud.
Time for brisk walking home. Nearly there, heading across the little field at the back of our estate and feel a couple of massive wet drops of rain. Maybe it will hold off, I'm not far from home, just another couple of minutes walking... Argh no chance! A few seconds later and rain starts pouring down in earnest. The sort of rain with massive extremely wet drops that drench you in no time. Should I carry on walking or run for it? I shouldn't be running as this is my cool down walk, but then it starts to hail and that decides it - I scoot down the path torn between running as fast as I can to get out of the storm and keeping it slow as I'm supposed to be taking it easy. I keep it slow(ish) and leave the little shelter of the trees for the last stretch to my front door. Phew, not too much of a drowned rat, it could have been worse!
Still aware of discomfort in my right leg, and my left quadriceps started kicking up a fuss (not you too, left leg!), so will aim to repeat that in a couple of days and see how things feel. Hopefully minus the storms. I think overall they won that one.