First, let me preface this post by saying I don’t recommend running during severe weather. Along with the obvious risk of getting struck by lightning, there’s also a chance of getting hailed on, getting hit with tree branches or other debris, and if is raining hard enough it may be difficult for drivers to see you, which can get very dangerous.
Also, I didn’t go out and run during this “dangerous” thunderstorm (as the weatherbug app called it) on purpose. That just kinda happened because I decided that checking the weather once was probably good enough. It was not haha.
So let me explain what went down this morning…
I woke up and got out of bed at 5 am, as I’ve been doing for the last week and a half ish. I made coffee, ate breakfast, then got dressed and checked the weather bug app while I drake my coffee and sipped on some water.
According to weatherbug, we were under a dangerous thunderstorm alert until 6 am, so I checked the radar, and saw that yes there was a chance that we were going to get hit with a pretty bad storm, but the dark orange section of this storm on the radar map was relatively small and it looked like it might not hit us at all. I decided that I was probably going to get rained on and experience a little bit of thunder and lightning since it looked like the yellow section of the storm on the radar map was coming right at us, but I figured that since the dangerous thunderstorm alert ended at 6 I should be ok. After that I didn’t bother to check the weather again and that ended up being a huge mistake.
I set out on to do my 4 miler at 5:30 am. Still assuming that the dangerous thunderstorm alert ended in half an hour and that I’d probably be ok to run. Plus even though I know it’s probably not the best idea, I do like running in thunderstorms as long as they aren’t too bad, so I was actually kind of excited!
Initially I was seeing a lot of lightning, but I didn’t really think much of it. A lot of thunderstorms here in the Midwest produce a lot of lightning, even if the storm really isn’t all that bad. Plus it hadn’t even started raining or really thundering yet so I thought I was going to be able to finish my 4 miler without any problems.
I was a little over half a mile in when it started to sprinkle a little bit, but I like running in the rain, so I wasn’t worried about it at all. When I was about a mile in, the wind started to pick up and the temperature started to drop very quickly. I think it ended up dropping close to 10 degrees actually. That’s when I started to get a little bit worried. A minute or two after I started to worry about this storm, there was a huge flash of lighting and a loud boom of thunder.
That’s when I knew that things were going to get really bad and that I should probably start heading home. So I ran passed the street I was originally going to turn on and turned onto my street instead. At that point it was absolutely pouring down rain, the wind was getting crazy bad, tree branches were falling down, I got hit with a few stray leaves and sticks (luckily it was nothing too big. That probably would have ended badly), and there was a lot of really big lightning bolts and very loud thunder. And I was still almost a mile away from home.
I kept on trucking though and I made it home without indecent! I ended up stopping at 1.78 miles, which was super unsatisfying, but there was no way I was going to try to get in that last almost .2 miles done during that storm.
I actually made it home right before Luke left for work, so I got to talk to him for a little bit. And don’t worry, he did in fact tell me that I was crazy and that I probably should have waited to run haha. After he left I did a little bit of yoga to try to loosen up my calves (they were feeling quite tight today) and then I sat in my wet running gear for probably around 30 minutes while I waited for the storm worst of the storm to pass.
So once the really bad part of the storm was over (and this time I made sure to check the weather several times before I went back out 😉 ) I set out to finish my run. It was still raining and there was a little bit of thunder and lighting, but it wasn’t too bad. So I was excited about that! Those are the kind of thunderstorms I like to run it haha. But unfortunately after sitting around for a while I just wasn’t feeling the whole running thing anymore. I was cold and my legs were feeling really tight (probably from sitting around in wet clothes) and I just wasn’t having fun anymore. So I did another 2 miles, decided that that got me close enough to 4 miles for the day, and then called it quits.
While finishing up those 2 miles, I ran past the street that I had almost run down earlier and I am very glad that I ended up turning onto my street instead. There are so many downed tree limbs in one part of that street, that they’re almost completely blocking part of the road. It’s a very good thing I didn’t decided to take that way home, because that probably wouldn’t have ended well for me…
I mean, there are downed tree limbs everywhere now, but it looked like that street was the worst. Luckily the worst damage to storm did to us was knock a decent sized branch onto the garden fence. It didn’t even hit any of the plants! So we got off pretty easy. My next door neighbor has a huge tree limb on his roof now. I sure hope it didn’t damage his roof. It doesn’t look too bad, but I guess it’s kinda hard to tell.
Anyway, it’s almost 10 am as I type this, and the sun is shining, the birds are chirpping, and it’s looking like it’s going to be another beautiful, albeit hot and humid, day. Eventually I’m going to have to go out and enjoy it (and probably complain about how hot it is haha), but for now I’m thinking I need to take a little nap. My little storm chasing adventure kinda wore me out! 😉
Happy Hump Day!