I never really understood the romanticization of rain. Popular culture leads you to believe that you should enjoy kissing, dancing and singing in the rain. I’ve always avoided being out in the rain because I’m so image-conscious — “it’s going to ruin my hair, my makeup, my purse, my shoes.” But today I realized there is a beauty in getting stuck in a torrential downpour.
I set out this morning to do my first week of Couch to 10K training (!!) — four 10-minute runs with 1-minute breaks in between, which equates to a little over 4 miles. I planned a new route and set off, despite the clouds, dark sky and numerous weather reports warning of thunderstorms. About a mile in it started to sprinkle, but I pressed on. And then the skies opened up and released their fury. The rain was coming down so hard I could barely keep my eyes open. A mixture of sweat, snot and rain water was continually streaming down my face. But when I finished my second 10-minute run, I was euphoric. The words of Richard Hammond from the latest episode of Top Gear ran through my head — “I am the wettest any human has ever been.” I truly started grinning like an idiot. I paused my app and took shelter under a tree for a minute, but for what? I could not get any wetter. It reminded me of the time we were at King’s Island (an amusement park in Cincinnati) when I was younger and got caught in a downpour. We were already soaked to the socks and underwear, so we did the only thing that made sense — we rode the rapids ride, the one you typically avoid because you don’t want to get soaked. Yes, there’s a beauty in being the wettest any human has ever been, and a special kind of uncomfortable that comes from wet underwear and socks.
So I put my iTouch in my pocket, covered it with my hand (the safety of my iPod was my only concern at this point), and ran through the rain like some giddy child. My thoroughly soaked shoes and socks felt like ankle weights and the rain managed to tangle my ponytail into a crazy bushy mess, but today may have been my favorite run yet.