Saturday looked like it was going to be a wash out. It was predicted to rain all day but I wanted to get in a 20 mile training run. I stood in the rain in the morning watching my two sons run their Cross Country meet and hoping it would stop raining so I could get my run in. As the day went on it was obvious the rain was not going to let up.
So, at 4:30 I filled my hydration pack, stuffed two bags of Sport Beans in the pouch, grabbed a baseball cap and headed out into the rain. At first the rain was actually a nice distraction and gave me something different to focus on. But by about mile 15 I was rethinking my decision. I did decide that wearing totally soaked clothes and shoes full of water is not a fun way to run. But just then as I was heading along Maple Road with my head hanging down I heard a car horn honk and looked up to see an unknown driver with his hand out the window giving me a “thumbs up.” A total stranger (but probably a runner) offering encouragement. In an instant, without thinking, my head was up, I was smiling and had a burst of energy.
The rain kept coming as I finished my 20 miles but I found myself giving a smile and a nod to the few people I passed in parking lots and at intersections. I’m sure they thought I was crazy but a honk and a wave – whether you’re getting or giving – can make all the difference.