Today’s snapshot was taken by a stranger using my old point-and-shoot camera, but despite the red eye and haze, I want to blow it up and frame it to hang in my office because today was a very good day.
Several weeks ago I registered our family for the 2nd annual Spectacle Island 5K, Kids Fun Run & 3K Walk, organized by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance. The plan had been that after taking an early morning ferry to the island, the kids and I would run, spend the rest of the day on the island with Steve, and head home in the afternoon.
But then the forecast called for rain. Lots and lots of rain.
With Anders recovering from a bad case of poison ivy, and Steve less than enthusiastic about standing in the rain, Sophie and I decided that we’d leave the boys behind and head to the islands with backpack fulls of extra clothing (in ziploc bags) prepared to run.
After arriving on the island I went first, running twice around Spectacle Island in the pouring rain. At times the wind coming off the island blew so strongly that the rain actually “fell” horizontally, and hit my skin so painfully I was convinced it was hailing. My sneakers quickly filled with water, but I managed to finish the race in just over 30 minutes, averaging slightly under a 10 minute mile, and I didn’t stop to walk.
My Girl Scout co-leader finished much faster than I did, actually winning the race!
Then it was Sophie’s turn to run. She and my co-leader’s daughters ran 1/2 mile, up and down a hill, in the rain – girl power!
While we didn’t end up having our day on the island I had planned – we did have a great time. Not only did I have quality time with my daughter, but she also got to play with one of her best buddies from school, and I was able to hang out with new friends (and enjoy a beer with them on the ferry home).
I also reached two of my personal running goals – completing a 5K AND 3.1 miles without walking.
As I said – a very good, very wet day.