Barefoot in the Rain (3 miles)

I got up at 3:45 to feed Angelica last night, and by the time I could lay her back down at 4:15, I figured I might as well stay up, since my alarm goes off at 4:45 anyways.  There was a torrential downpour as I walked the dog at 5, but it had cleared up into a light drizzle by the time I got to school.  So with it raining and on a little over four hours of sleep, how did I decide to spend my lunch hour?  Running in my Vibram’s, of course.

Co-workers ask me how I can do it, but that’s really the wrong question.  The question is: how could I not?  No one questions that I now need two (or three!) cups of coffee to get me through the morning; no one would question wanting and finding time for a beer with diner.  I was exhausted and stressed today, so I went for a run — it woke me up, cleared out my mind, let me relax and take a deep breath and be able to take on the rest of the day.  I didn’t run fast, and in fact didn’t even take a watch.  I just went running.  And it felt great.

Distance: 3 miles          Time: Not Recorded


About Chris Van Dyke

I am a 33 year-old high school English teacher and long-distance runner. I live in Brooklyn with my partner, our 3 year-old son and 1 year-old daughter and a growing collection of muppets and trains. Besides running and teaching I like to draw, read, write, cook, and play the harmonica. While I didn't get to run my first ultra-marathon on my birthday, I've got a few more I've set my sights on. You can follow my (seldom updated) twitter feed @aboutrunning. I also blog as part of the Run Smiley Collective.
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