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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day that Wasn’t

Thanks for all your thoughts on the girliness post!  Nice to know that self-consciousness is good for something 🙂


Yesterday could have been terrible.

It was sub-40 degrees and raining.  There was talk of snow.  And we needed to finish the course for next month’s 6-hour adventure race.

With Brent on spring break this week and next and me not teaching on Wednesdays, I front-loaded my work for the first half of the week to keep yesterday flexible.  We both woke to the alarm at 8:30 AM (about 2 hours later than my normal natural wake-up time – who am I?), pulled ourselves together, and loaded up the car.

First, the bike rack wouldn’t strap tight.

Then we couldn’t find the locks.

Then the bikes rattled.

We finally got everything straight and made our way to the park, both a bit crabby just thinking about the prospect of spending the day on the wet, muddy trails.

We pulled into the lot at Marsh Creek an hour later and got started, placing the final few checkpoints in one section and retracing some of our steps (or treads, as the case may be) to check the maps before moving on to the final piece of the puzzle.

It was, indeed, cold.  I wore fleece tights and rain pants on the bottom, a poly pro base layer with a fleece running shirt, my puffy jacket, and my raincoat on top.

And it was, indeed, wet.  Even with all those layers, the water seeped in, and before long, my fingers and toes were numby nubs.

And of course, there was mud.  Between the grit that had covered the bikes on the highway and the thick goop we were riding through, our bikes were not happy.  And unhappy bikes make for unhappy riders – or at least, unhappy rider.  I hate when my bike feels like it’s not working right, hate when it makes strange noises.

Like I said, it could have been terrible.

But amazingly, it wasn’t.

Sure, we both had our moments.  There was a bit of griping about the conditions, one mini-meltdown over the fact that two months of hard training should not leave one feeling tired biking up the road bump-hills of Marsh Creek.  But there was also some smiling.  Even a little bit of laughing.

There was exploring for checkpoint features.  There was garmin-mapping trails.

There was a turtle.  A groundhog.  Two herons.  A massive turkey vulture.

And in the end, there was the satisfaction of knowing that we laid out the best race course we could in a small, well-used park in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

We have one more trip out to Marsh Creek to run through the course with a friend, making sure everything’s where it should be.

And then, it’s off to the races…


6 responses to “The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day that Wasn’t

  1. Mallory March 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Sounds like it turned out pretty well!! You couldn’t have paid me to be outside yesterday!! Good for you!

  2. Kari w/ Jogging with Fiction March 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Sometimes when you’re grumpy and complainy, the smallest thing will turn it around and make you laugh at the whole thing and have a great time. I’ve had some great times stuck in terrible traffic.

  3. Brian March 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Well, Cincinnati got your rain and cold today, which is strange since I live west of you guys. I am definitely not as dedicated when it comes to weather, especially on a day like today when I’m scheduled for a basic run, but I could also imagine it being a bit of an adventure.

    Group runs and sharing in the bad conditions somehow do make outdoor activities in less than ideal weather more enjoyable.

  4. Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    He he… totally got that book reference in the title. Good thing that the mud and such did not ruin everything.

  5. Johann March 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I often find the times that I’m not looking forward to being out there for whatever reason turns out to be good times. Laying out a race course like that must be hard work.

  6. denise March 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    i’m sure you guys mapped out the best course! and i’m glad yesterday turned out ok, it was a good “stay at home and nap” kind of day!

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