"Hi... Uh... I think that I might be in some trouble here," I explained to her. It was too late and getting too dark to bail down Williams Canyon like I wanted to do and which would have been the shorter run. I was going to have to run all the way down RRR to Manitou in the dark and the rain. I quickly estimated the mileage to the 7-11 in Manitou and the time to get there and I asked Melissa to please leave the house in 45 minutes to meet me at the 7-11. We confirmed the plan and I hung up the phone and started pounding down the road.
By now I am running in the clouds. I can not see any city lights below at all and the rain is picking up. Actual real fricken rain! When was the last time we had that in Colorado? I kept berating myself for not packing a headlamp but at the same time I was just thankful that at least I have decent night vision. After about three miles down RRR not far from above the water tank lights started breaking through again and I was then UNDER said clouds. Though it was still dark out and I was without a light, the city lights reflecting down off of the clouds did help a bit. I couldn't see colors of course but definitely shades of darks, and greys and I had depth perception. Good enough.
Of course I was SOAKED. Like 2012 Rocky Raccoon soaked. This just caused me to laugh as I knew that I only had three maybe four miles left... After what happened in Texas this rain and the amount of time that I would have to endure it was for the most part, meaningless.
The problem that I was having though was trying to balance running fast enough to cover ground, and yet staying warm, while at the same time going slow enough to be careful. Even though I was soaked from head to toe, the only part of me that had been cold was my hands.
About the time I was close to GOG and I could see the rock formations I began to relax. I knew that I was out of the woods pretty much, figuratively and literally. I was just trying to enjoy this part of the run now... enjoy the break away from everything and just being outside, weather be damned.
I made Manitou just as I planned time-wise and sure enough Melissa passed me right before the 7-11. Once again just absolute perfect timing.
Yesterday was supposed to be a 12 mile run, but in the end it was over 16. I still had fun and I plan to use this first 10 mile section as a jumping off point to other runs this summer where I can just leave the house and go for a super long run.
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