Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Summer Rain Showers

Hey there! It’s another edition of Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays where we share with each other why it’s so much better to be here rather than not. I know I keep commenting on the weather, but my GOD it is hot out there! Last week, I ran in 95° heat with 67% humidity at EIGHT O’CLOCK AT NIGHT. I was the opposite of happy about that, but there was nothing else to do because the heatwave was going nowhere all week long. It was a very long week for us runners. I’m sure you’ve been experiencing the same torture since, apparently, the entire country has been engulfed in molten lava.

(July 22, 2011) We're having a heat waaaave, a tropical heat waaaave. (Picture property of NOAA

On to the “better” part of this post. It rained yesterday afternoon. I knew it was supposed to sprinkle a bit and decided I would try to run anyway since it was my choice time to get my 6 miles in. It was glorious! Sure, it was raining. Sure, my shoes were small swimming pools by the end. Sure, I was soaking wet. But guess what? Every single runner I passed in Central Park SMILED AT ME AND SAID HELLO (I am a little like Kanye with the capital letters toay). For those of you who live in or have ever run in NYC, you know that this is a rare occurence. I have missed this part of suburb running. On the Highline Canal in Colorado, people say “good morning” to you so much it actually becomes kind of annoying after a while (there are a lot of runners there), but I have never experienced this in NYC. I LOVE that the weather brought out the smiles in all 10 people who braved the showers yesterday at 4pm. Thank you for your smiles, runners. It made my day. AND it cooled this very hot city off and brought our temperatures down to a manageable mid-80’s. Phew!

Holy pouring rain, Batman!

You see? Even when it’s raining and it could be miserable out there, someone runs by and smiles and it’s not so bad anymore. It’s reason enough for me to lace up my sneakers when I see the clouds forming on the West side on a summer day! And to think I might have missed such an uplifting run if I had gotten all down on the day because it was raining…tsk, tsk. Nope, I’m going to embrace the rain (within reason) and the heat (hot yoga actually prepares me well for hot running) and summer running because it’s way better than the alternative.

Now go out and run! (even if it’s raining) But first, tell me: what is it in your world that makes it Better Than the Alternative today?