I think this is the dryest summer that I can remember. I’m not sure of the exact statistics but where I live in Grand Rapids it has to be 3 or 4 weeks since we’ve had a drop. I’m not a farmer, and I’m definitely not a lawn guy so for the most part the lack of rain doesn’t bother me. In fact I have been enjoying the consecutive sunny days that we’ve had here in West Michigan. Sooner or later it has to come to an end.
Today was that day. I think it started around 2 or 2:30 in the afternoon. I was still at work when it started coming down and it came down in buckets. I could hear it inside the building as it hit the metal roof. I was just telling someone at work that I was planning to run 15 to 20 miles on the North Country Trail. I couldn’t let the rain put a damper on that. In fact I started getting excited about running it in the rain. Remember I like adventure and doing a long run on a trail when it’s overcast and raining is something everybody MUST experience.
The woods can take on a whole new vibe when it’s overcast and rainy. In fact some of my best runs were in the rain. I decided that I not only would keep my plans to run but I’d get started early. I decided work could wait, so I packed up and headed out. The only change I made to my plans was instead of running the North Country Trail I’d run at Yankee Springs. Yankee Springs is closer it has a really sweet 14 mile loop. I’d have to run an out and back on the NCT and as I said before I hate repeating the same trail during the same run.
When I got there it was still raining and all I could hear is the rain hitting the leaves of the trees. It was humid and still in the woods which created a surreal environment. My run wasn’t fast today but it was pretty awesome and my adventure for the day. What was you’re adventure??