Oh naive Ashley, of course Ohio wouldn't play nice. About ten minutes in the rain started coming down, a light drizzle at first and then suddenly BUCKETS. I stopped and took shelter under a tree (really smart during a potential thunderstorm) but realized that I should probably just suck it up. I ditched my iPod + headphones and put them safely in my super secret pocket and ran music-free towards my house. My plan was 50 minutes and if I just went back I'd only hit 20, which wouldn't be acceptable. I decided to aim for 30, then 40 and then just kept going for the full 50. My feet felt like they weighed a million pounds by the end. Running in rain makes you tougher, right? In the very least it finally cleans your shoes off from the Dirty Duathlon you ran nearly two months ago. :-)
The rest of the night was spent lounging. We gave the gray girls some catnip and watched them roll around in glee (a totally normal activity for a Monday night). Dora found a new favorite spot, conveniently located on the stairs, and has pretty much refused to move.
She is completely unconcerned with the fact that someone might step on her.
And because one cat is never enough here's a glamour shot of Charlotte enjoying the morning sun/preparing to swat the camera because she apparently didn't want her picture taken.
Tonight I'm putting together my very loose training plan for vacation. I'll be scoping out some running routes with the help of Google maps and checking MapMyRun and the Daily Mile for any recommendations. Seeing as I regularly get lost in my own neighborhood I'm hoping to find a nice easy loop to stick to but that may be overly optimistic. Any advice for training on vacation?