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Tuesday Night Run Club FTW

Morning! Who else is excited it’s already Thursday?! Yay for short weeks!

On Tuesday night, which really felt like Monday, I was off to Georgetown again for my favorite Lululemon Georgetown run club! Every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. :)

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No Crossfit this time because our fearless leader, Chris, was out of town for a competition, so we got straight down to the running. This time, we hit up the canal!

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You guys know I love this canal and run on it a lot — just usually farther north. It was a very hot and humid night so we were all grateful for the flat terrain!

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We had a fun group and everyone was chatting away, so the run went by nice and quickly. We did a simple out and back. 4.85 miles — check! I brought my Garmin instead of my new MOTOACTV watch because I was worried it would rain — I know the Garmin is waterproof but I wasn’t 100% sure about the MOTOACTV.

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Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:45
  • Mile 2: 8:44
  • Mile 3: 8:52
  • Mile 4: 8:51
  • Pace for final 0.85 miles: 8:22

Our average overall pace was 8:43 min/miles. Good times! We headed back to the store after for some stretching and then, when I came back outside… this scary looking sky was awaiting me:

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Ohhhh, crap. All of a sudden it started to get really windy, too. I nearly ran across the Key Bridge and back to the metro with this right on my heels!

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Of course I stopped for a quick photo of the other direction off the bridge — beautiful!

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Luckily, I made it into the metro and back home just before the massive downpour and thunderstorm started. Whew. :)

Happy Thursday, friends! Anyone have any funny stories to share about getting caught in the rain? I’ll always remember the night of my high school graduation — I went out to dinner with my family and there was such a massive downpour that the restaurant we were in actually partially flooded! It was crazy and quite the memorable evening. :)

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  1. 1

    I was just about to head back in to the train station for my one hour journey home. It had been raining all day so there were massive puddles everywhere. A car drove by and absolutely drenched me from head to toe! I squelched my way on to the train and sat there soggy for the journey home (oh it was also the dead of winter so I pretty much froze to death!) It’s funny now when I look back, not at the time though! :)

  2. 3

    Looks like it was a fun group and always fun to get caught in the rain, but glad you made that metro!

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    Adventurer says:

    Nice run, Anne. Good time for a humid evening. Well done to you and the group, which looks like a good crowd! Inspirational to us all!

  4. 5

    I love getting caught in the rain on the end of a long run during the summer. Perfect cool off!

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    One summer during college a group of my friends and I were walking across the Ohio bridge to take in a Cincinnati Reds game and it started pouring on us. Rather than worry about it we simply embrased it and skipped the game to go play in the fountain since we were already soaked! Of course people thought we were crazy but it was fun!

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    Hi Anne!
    Not a rainy story, but I was wondering if you’ve ever tried the Mapmyrun app for the iPhone? http://www.mapmyrun.com/
    It’s free so I’ve been using it for my runs lately. It has GPS and estimates your split times and calories burned etc. Not really sure how accurate it really is though.
    Would love to see how it compares to your Garmin or MOTOACTV.
    Thanks!
    Elisa

    • 9

      No, I have a Droid! And I’ve had my Garmin for like 6 years now so I’ve always just used that. :) I’ve found via Matt that the phone apps aren’t all that accurate though.

  7. 11

    I love watching storms roll in! I was once on a bad date and do desperate to leave I didn’t care it had started sprinkling, by the time I got home it was pouring and I was soaked to the bone!

  8. 12

    Those pictures make me wish there was a storm coming to run in. I love running in storms!

  9. 13

    I just found out recently that lululemon has a running club right before there free yoga sessions on sundays which makes me STOKED. i cant wait to participate in it!

  10. 15

    When I was at cross country camp (run nerd alert) in high school at Princeton, we were going to the gym for a pool run. To get there, you walk across the track. While we were in the middle of the track, the grassy section, we could hear rain on the track behind us, but couldn’t feel it yet. We ran inside and the rain chased us– it was JUST barely behind us. It was seriously like a curtain of rain! Very bizarre experience!

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      I saw rain like that one! It’s such a weird sight – literally a sheet that distinctly begins all of a sudden. So weird to see it coming!

  11. 17

    I love the g-town area. But I wish the metro stations were a tad bit closer, not conducive for shopping!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I graduated from Dickinson (class of 08) as well and it poured on graduation. The entire ceremony was done in a downpour (and it was only about 50 degrees). Most people went inside to watch on screens in Althouse and Bosler, but we were left outside to look like drowned rats! The two people next to me had umbrellas that caused the runoff to puddle into my lap. It made the fear of slipping down the Old West steps heightened! Such a crazy day!_

    • 20

      Omg… that’s insane! I can’t imagine Old West stairs in the rain… scary enough as is. My graduation day in 2004 was boiling hot – we were all melting!

  13. 21

    The run club feel is soooo motivating. Especially if there are some speedsters in the group to motivate you. Not the ones that are MINUTES faster, but those that are 10-15 seconds faster that push the pace and drive you to kick it up a notch. GREAT photos too!

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    Rachel C says:

    The dark sky reminds me of a part in the movie “Witches of Eastwick”. ;)

  15. 24

    Your run route pictures are gorgeous. I’ll be heading up to the area for the first time ever in October for the Marine Corp Marathon. I get 2 days to be touristy and all the beautiful pics you take make me very excited.

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    I was on my way to a date in Georgetown once when the skies opened up, and I was literally soaked to the bone. I sat through dinner wet and shivering (it was Winter), but my boyfriend at the time and I ended up getting dessert to go, so the night didn’t end toooo horribly.

  17. 28

    Hi Anne! A friend and I have been thinking about jumping into the Tuesday night runs, maybe once a month. We’re slow though, 10:30-11:00 miles – is that a problem? Just didn’t want to get lost as everyone left us in the dust :-)

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      You should! Re: the pace, I’m not entirely sure – sometimes there’s been two groups with one faster and one slower, but sometimes it’s just been one group around 9 min/miles. We ran last week on the canal so it wasn’t a problem to be slower, but going around the monuments might be confusing if you were behind. I’ll scope it out next week and pay more attention!

  18. 30

    Years ago while I was getting over mono, I coxed for a crew. In preparing for the Head of the Charles we went under a bridge to a portion of a narrow river that was really winding. It starts POURING and holding my arm up over my head to try to be able to see was kind of throwing the balance of the boat off. I navigated us safely back but ever since then when I went out I always went out with a visor!!

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