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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nothing stops a runner

Race about to begin.
Perfect weather conditions as you can see...





Our school's run club just had the first Fun Race of its history, to cap off its first year of existence. And to mark the occasion, Mother Nature decided to send us... buckets and buckets and buckets of water. 

It's worth mentioning that the weather was fine up until 15 minutes before start time, and that the rain stopped altogether within 15 minutes of the race being over.

But true, hardcore runners are not to be defeated by such trivialities. Young runners are no exception to that. In fact, when it comes to being a good sport, children might have a lesson or two to teach us.
Excited by the upcoming race, the kids assembled at the start line with enthusiasm. I did not hear one complaint.



It's a start!


The only comment A made after her race was that she liked running through the crowd of supporters because, as she put it, "when people cheer you on it makes you want to run faster".



Still smiling...
and from the position of her left leg,
totally kicking as*!


R, who had to run twice as long a distance because of her age group, also got twice as wet, but her smile never left her face for the whole time.



Some more smiling


The best feeling, of course, comes at the end of the race, when the effort is behind you... and a warm bath ahead of you!

By the time it ended, we all looked like we had taken a shower with our clothes on.



Good job, R!



Needless to say, when I got up for my run this morning and saw that a light rain was still falling, I did not give it any second thought. I put on a light jacket and went.

Active living will tolerate no excuses!

Anything you've done for your health in spite of difficult conditions?


17 comments:

  1. Il faut regarder le bon côté des choses : elles risquaient moins le coup de chaleur. :-)

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    1. Tout à fait! Le risque était plutôt du côté de l'hypothermie... (si la course avait duré plus longtemps). S'agit de s'habiller en conséquence! (Dit celle qui n'a jamais eu froid, même par -20...)

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  2. Loved that race in the rain - I've never been more excited to be on the sidelines to cheer on those proud little runners.

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    1. I got all excited too! Love too see them work those legs and love to see their proud smiles!

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  3. Ah, your two daughters are very darling.

    :-) Marion

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  4. Running in the rain is the BEST!!!!!!!! I would take it over the blaring sun any day!! :D I actually really miss the rain, it's ALWAYS SUNNY in LA! lol

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    1. I actually like to run in the rain much more than in the wind.

      But please, no more about LA's sun!!! ;-p

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  5. La course à pied, et le sport en général sont de vraies leçons de vie que ces jeunes apprennent ... ou nous enseignent ! On voit qu'elles prennent plaisir à ce qu'elles font et jai remarqué la belle foulée !

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    1. Les enfants (et les adultes) y apprennent beaucoup plus que la mise en forme, c'est vrai! :-)

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  6. How wonderful that your daughters are runners and so dedicated that they will run in the rain! I too like running in the rain - as long as there is no thunder!

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  7. There is a reason that Gortex was invented in the rainy state of Oregon!

    I've done plenty of running in the rain here in Florida. It's a lot easier if the rain comes after I've warmed up :-)

    The only problem here with all that is, we are the lightening capital of the world!! Not something to trifle with!

    The kids are adorable!!!

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  8. Agree with you both, Diane and Dr. J, thunder is the one condition in which I will not run!

    I do black ice though... with traction aids under my sneakers. :-)

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  9. Après avoir eu une maman modèle qui court quand il fait -40, elles ont appris jeunes que les conditions climatiques ne devraient pas être un obstacle! ;)

    Bravo à tes filles, et à tous ces enfants. On a beaucoup à apprendre d'eux!

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    1. L'apprentissage est mutuel. :-)

      Je n'ai pas de doute qu'il se passera la même chose chez toi.

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  10. There's something so kick-ass about running in the rain! I don't do it much anymore, as I'm only just returning to running after injuries, and need soft surfaces like dirt... and that usually means mud or trails turned into lakes. But so cool to hear the kids didn't think twice about it!

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    1. You feel twice as proud when you run in tough conditions. I have memories of a 6-7 hour hike up a mountain in terrible weather, and they are good memories! :-)

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