elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Rain Drops and Sunshine

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I find it extra special when I go on vacation and not only is the weather wonderful but it is raining at home. Unfortunately today the reverse was true. When I woke the rain was just finishing and the sky was brightening so I changed to get a run in. I figured out a mile loop in the safe neighborhood and planned to run it several times. By 7:00 it was already 80 and very humid, not a problem I tell myself. Good practice for the July and August triathlons I have scheduled. Half way through my run the sky darkened and the rain started. It was coming down hard and felt great. I wasn’t planning a tempo run today, but the rain did quicken my pace. So I got both a race preparation run and a tempo run in together.

Running in the rain is not a problem for me. Swimming in the ocean – I don’t think so. I am not familiar with the current here, so I opted not to swim today. Next best thing – go to town and shop in the Straw Market. I am good at dickering and was able to pick up a few choice items at a good price. But I must say the best part of the rainy afternoon shopping was being able to spend some time with my niece. She is 21 now and a fine young lady. Not only do I love her, I really like her. A big bonus when it comes to family.

The skies have finally cleared and the sun has come out. As I sit here in the sun I can hear birds singing and the gentle rhythm of the waves hitting the shore. Flexibility, going with the flow, relaxing and enjoying – all things this day has called for. The morning left us thinking we were going to have a gloomy day. But the trend is not always going to last, good or bad. My training has taken more of a vacation than I had planned, but the quality time I have gained with those dear to me is what seizing the day is all about. All good to me, rain or shine.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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