Running in a Rain Cloud

Sunday morning I slept in til 8am and then got up to go for a run. I love running in new places. The change of scenery is energizing and it’s a fun way to sight-see. Some of my favorite runs have been in other places–Vegas, Tucson…

Remember how I said we left Portland, rainy and cold and arrived in Dallas in the middle of their first storm in 6 months?Ironic, yes. I wanted to lay in bed and relax a bit but I checked the weather app and it said the rain was going to start at 9am and last most of the day. It was now or NEVER. I got up and headed outside. I started out easy and ran down the quiet neighborhood street. I wanted to beat the coming rain.

The road was rolling and soft (easy on my knees). I ran a mile down to the main street in 10 minutes. It felt soooo good to run that fast! I am getting closer and closer to my pre-injury pace (about 9’5 mile).

It was fairly cool for Texas but still pretty warm out. It was also very humid. It felt like I was running through a cloud ready to dump on me at any second. Despite the humidity I did okay. I ran by some impressive houses and only stopped to walk a few times.

I ran through a small dog park with a duck pond. There were bridges crossing gullies where water probably was during stormy weather.

I stayed close to home for awhile until I got a feel for the neighborhood layout. Then I ventured further out. There were rolling hills which gave me a good workout.

I ran down a hill and stopped to see a historical marker–an old cemetery from the 1800’s. It was nestled in between a few new houses. Michael’s stepmom later told me that the area was supposedly built on old Indian burial grounds. Yikes! Poltergeist, anyone??

I headed back up the hill toward home because I started to feel some raindrops. I didn’t want to be too far away during a downpour. I made it back to the house just before the rain started.


Look at me!!! Almost 5 MILES BABY!!!! And I wasn’t sore at all. I had no pain, no aches, no weird twinges in my knees or legs or ankles. Nothing. It was amazing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I always run better on vacation. 😉

Run Stats:
Time: 1:03
Calories Burned: 560
Distance: 4.75 miles!

I’m happy with my run! I had no body aches and being able to do almost 5 miles felt GREAT!!

Back at the house I stretched (sort of), showered and we all ate breakfast before heading out for the day. Michael’s stepmom made a Quiche Lorraine and cheesy grits! I’d never had cheesy grits before. I loved them. They were so tasty. It reminded me a lot of polenta. She promised to send me the recipe. I want to try to recreate the grits.


I ate a bunch of fruit too (and a freshly baked biscuit). It was basically brunch since it was pretty late in the morning and we’d be skipping lunch in favor of sight-seeing. It was a high calorie meal but I knew I wouldn’t be eating til dinner time, so I did not care.

QUESTION: Do you ever run on vacation? Have you ever had cheesy grits?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

4 thoughts on “Running in a Rain Cloud”

  1. Nice run! I think vacation running or working out is just more fun because there is no pressure and no schedule.

    John and I ran in the French Quarter in New Orleans during the morning. That was fun and so quiet (they sleep really late there!).
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