All last week the weather forecasters warned everyone in Southern California that the BIGGEST storm in the entire history of the world was going to hit the area this weekend. There were wind and flood warnings. People were getting sandbags. We were warned to that it would be non-stop raining from Friday through Saturday.
I checked the hourly forecast and saw it was supposed to rain ALL DAY Friday and Saturday. But it would stop by Sunday morning so I rescheduled my long run from Saturday to Sunday.
LA Marathon Training and Rain
Friday was pretty bad. Mid-morning the storm rolled in and it rained super hard and was very windy. My power even shut off around 4pm!!! I heard a big tree was blown down and knocked into a power line.
That is crazy – we’ve had rolling blackouts because of power overuse in the summer – but the power has never been out because of a storm!
Luckily, I lit some candles and had an excuse to get take-out for dinner.
Saturday morning it was gloomy, but it wasn’t raining. I was planning on using it as a rest day, but decided to get outside for a few minutes before it started storming again. I got a slow 4 mile run in while surveying the storm aftermath.
The running path was covered in leaves and branches and small pets and puddles and candy wrappers and… it was a little obstacle course in some places.
And there were two HUGE trees down in the park near me! It is sad, but also kind of funny because it just looks like they gave up and just laid down.
But… it never really rained on Saturday!
I planned to stay inside and watch movies and drink cocoa wine and have a happy little lazy day. I really would have preferred to RUN. I love weekend long runs.
So, I was a little bummed I didn’t just keep my running schedule (I really couldn’t though because the hourly forecast said it was storming every hour and my legs were tired from Friday’s run).
Luckily, I lived to run another day. (Dramatic much?)
I did my long run Sunday and the cool weather was great for running!
Marathon Training Run
Vegas supervised me putting on sunblock…
and compression socks… as I got ready to hit the road.
Pre-run I had one of those new Clif Bars with the nut butter in the middle. They are amazing.
Pro Tip: Put them in the microwave for a few seconds. Ahhhh-mazing.
Post-run I had some treats… carrot cake bar and an almond croissant. I wasn’t super hungry, but I’m a sucker for carrot cake.
The highlight of my weekend was dinner though. I was craving my favorite food all day and had been planning grabbing take-out since mile 3 of my run…
My favorite type of food in the world is…
Chinese food! Did you know that? I feel like I don’t talk about it half as much as I think about it or eat it!
The #1 reason I went to China was because I wanted to eat real authentic Chinese food for 10 days straight.
The #2 reason is the whole super rich history and culture situation plus the people and sights and sounds of a new place. Love.
Anyway. I love Chinese food.
The morals of this story are:
1. You can’t trust meteorologists from Southern California because they don’t know what’s the deal with storms.
2. You have to be flexible with marathon training and work with the weather as best you can.
3. You’ve gotta step around the obstacles in running (and life).
4. Chinese food is life. Order extra. Or go to China. Or ALL of the above.
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Question: Have you had to change up your training because of the weather?
Have you been able to enjoy your favorite food in the place where it’s from?
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