The rain keeps pouring, and the storms keep popping up, and I keep shutting off the computer and staying inside, offline, and out of shape.

We’ve finally reached the limits of my patience: I’m heading out this afternoon to join a gym so I can log some training miles without having to worry about being hit by lightning. Treadmill miles aren’t the most fun way to train for a marathon, but I’ve already waited (in vain) for clear skies for so long that there’s no way I can be marathon-ready in time for Albuquerque (which is Labor Day weekend), and if I put it off much longer, I’ll be out of luck for Route 66 in November, too.

I don’t mind running in the rain, provided there’s no lightning, but rain without lightning is rare in Oklahoma, and I don’t want to get caught in a heavy storm several miles from the nearest shelter … so I think it’s time to suck it up and hit the treadmill.


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