This morning I did a long run with my sister. By far, this has been my favorite run yet (besides running a little bit with Bill in the Philly marathon last year but that is a “race” so this is my favorite training run) since I was able to run it with my sister! She is training for her first marathon – Disney – in January. She hates running but is running for Team in Training and raising money for leukemia. She works for TNT in DC so was inspired by people she works with.

As soon as we got out of the car once we got to Kelly Drive, it started raining, and kind of hard. Our cousin met us and ran the first loop with us. It was raining most of the time, but it didn’t seem to bother us – we were just soaked. This was a really slow run for me – between 11 and 12 minute miles most of the time. It was fine though, and I had to stop and walk whenever I felt pressure. I made a new world record of not having to go to the bathroom! There were tons of people still out in the rain biking, running, & walking, and there was a regatta going on down on the river. It was a good run and time because I don’t get to spend as much time with my sister as I did (3+ hours) running today. Also since I’m kind of too competitive, any other time I’ve ran with her, I’ve had to run again later at a faster pace to cover my miles for the day or just to go faster. So it was nice not worrying about the pace and just running!

We ran 16 miles, we did one loop of Kelly drive to 8 miles and turned around and ran back. It took over 3 hours (3:11). But it was great, the time passed by quickly and I really enjoyed it.
In the beginning I was thinking, Oh god, this is going to take FOREVER! But it ended up flying by and was really enjoyable! It also built some confidence that I can run Philly in 2 weeks at this slow pace and walk whenever I need to, and I think that I can finish. I didn’t feel like I was putting any undue stress on my body and it just kind of felt like an easy pace and run.

I was going to bring my camera along and take pics, but no go in the rain.
Running in the rain – kind of fun 🙂
Running with my sis – priceless!




  1. i’m a wimp about running in the rain. glad it all felt good!! your attitude about running easy will make it a fun marathon, i’m sure! it’s funny how we just ADAPT…a few months ago you probably would NOT have been ok running slow, but it all just evolves, right? today i was psyched to “run” 2 miles on the elliptical at a sub-9 pace, and i even kind of enjoyed it!

  2. Seems like everyone who ran today encountered rain. Great job. Glad you were able to enjoy the run with your sister. Maybe she’ll catch the running bug and you’ll have someone to run with when you are training for Boston.

  3. Awww, I would love to go on a training run with my sister. It sounded like pure fun and that is what is about sometimes. Enjoyu the rest of the weekend!

  4. Aren’t sisters the greatest things ever! Great run, even in less than ideal conditions.

  5. I love it when running is a family affair! Great job on your 16 miles today, even with the rain. Have I mentioned that you are totally awesome? And yeah, sisters *are* the best. 🙂

  6. teacherwoman Reply

    Nice job on the run in the rain with your sis! I miss running with my sis now that she moved to the twin cities!

  7. Mama Simmons Reply

    That’s great you had such a good run! I love running in the rain, but when it rains here it’s almost always a warm rain. Cold and rain doesn’t work for me! 😉

  8. awesome run! i’m pretty sure rain hit the entire country today… 🙂

  9. That is really great that you got to run with your sister! Too bad about the rain!

  10. Aw, that’s so great you had such a god run with your sister! And I’m so happy you are feeling well and still thinking about doing Philly. It may not be your fastest marathon, but it will probably be your most memorable. I can’t believe that you ran Kelly Drive yesterday morning! J and I run it EVERY Saturday morning but decided to run in Wissahickon Park yesterday for something different. If we had done our normal run, we probably would have seen you!

  11. Serenity Now Reply

    How cool that you get to run with your sister! I’ve always wondered if running in the rain would be kinda fun…and instant cooling off 🙂

  12. Awwwhhhh. Sounds like a fantastic run with the sis 🙂 Man I wish I could run with mine (she’s a lazy butt and doesn’t exercise :P)

  13. oh that sounds so awesome!!! what a great run 🙂 you will have a great time running philly with that attitude too! yayyy!

  14. Debbie Martin-Consani Reply

    16 miles? Wow, that’s pretty impressive. I haven’t run more than 10 since I found out I was pregnant. Mind you I did run 96 miles (in one go) when I was 10 weeks. Didn’t know then though. Oops. Think I hold the race record for fastest/only pregnant woman.I love running in the rain. Living in Scotland you kinda have to love it.

  15. That’s amazing! Neither or my siblings run, but I bet it would be great to run together if that was possible. Nice work!

  16. I’m such a baby about the rain, way to get through it and for 16 miles! you are amazing! 🙂 So fun to run with a friend, none the less a sister! I wish I had one sometimes.

  17. Great run! It’s nice to be able to appreciate runs for the moment instead of the pace, distance, etc sometimes. I’ve been on Kelly Dr before and it’s a great stretch!

  18. Sounds like great sister bonding time. My Saturday run was sunny, but I had my rainy run on Monday. It was nice, though.I love spending time with my sisters (I have 3), but none of them run (although one of them did the Race for the Cure with me back in May… but I wouldn’t exactly call it running).I’m trying to get my youngest brother into running, since he suffers from anxiety and depression issues like I used to have. It’s amazing how much of an effect it can have on your mood!Great job!! Philly’s going to be a breeze!

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