You’ve probably heard this one before, but everyone wants to be a television (or radio) weather forecaster. Why? Because it’s the only job where you can get it repeatedly wrong and still not get fired. This time, though, even the normally accurate weather.com and weatherunderground.com were way off, leading to a very wet opening to the three runs I’m hosting this fall.
Just an hour before the run, the forecast was for rain in Scripps Ranch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. One television meteorologist said the rain would miss us entirely. And yet the skies opened just as we started the 7 a.m. warm-up stretch. It was pouring by the time everyone hit the first of three hills on a 9-mile route I call the Lake Rim Run because you climb up and around the perimeter of Lake Miramar. It also includes two short trails, one of which qualified this as a mud run too.
Everyone in my track club's fall training program took the conditions in stride, considering it good training if they encounter a rainy race. More than one said this was a character-building morning. I was too cold to really soak in the comments and was just grateful to those that stuck it out and seemed to enjoy the chocolate milk and homemade cinnamon muffins I brought as their reward. It's funny because normally newbies mention the hills that make this course tough. Not today.
My volunteers, as usual, were terrific. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Louise. And I’ll go ahead and include my husband, who stood w/o any rain gear longer than anticipated. It's time to stop scowling, Gilbert.)
Next month it’s a trail run. The preserve hasn’t been open for the past three weeks due to rain. I better start on a backup plan.