I ran 4 miles in Lake Park today after work. It started out as a really uninspiring run. My shins were tight, my thighs were heavy. I was thinking of maybe only running two miles after about 1.5 miles. (whine, whine, whine...) Then, I thought about the whole training commitment, and what is important in training for a long race--being consistent with your training schedule. And I had read somewhere, where a bad run might actually be good training, because you are pulling through the bad things. So, I decided to keep going- I mean, it IS only 4 miles, people!!
I had to duck into a restroom right at mile 3, and when I emerged, it was pouring down the rain. So off I went into the rain, now smiling, now I had no tight shins at all. It cooled off just a bit and it was a nice warm wet rain coming down. No one was on the path, the baseball players were huddled in their dugout. I savored the nice rain coming down and had a great fourth mile back to my car.
When it did promptly stop raining.