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Rain Dogs and Englishwomen

18 May 2011
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The clouds had been gathering for most of the afternoon. I have a great view from my office window, so great that someone once brought in a cloud book to help us avoid work more thoroughly. These were rainclouds, i was pretty certain (and heard it on the weather forecast).

Other than a few drops, I don’t think it’s rained in North London for about a month now. I can tell how bad the weather is by how often I go to the gym, rather than run outside, and I think I’ve been twice since March.

It started to pour steadily as I left the office. I had my kit with me, planning to head for the treadmills, but as I walked to the tube I changed my mind. The pavements were darkening and the kings cross traffic noises and smells were muted by the falling rain. It had been so long since I ran in the wet that I realised I missed it: the shiver of damp t-shirt on arm, the stream of water running off my cap, even the irritating drops on my glasses.

Of course once I started running it stopped raining within a few minutes, and the slick pavements of East Finchley weren’t romantic so much as dangerous, but it was a lovely run all the same. I could smell the earth’s pathetic gratitude for those few millimetres of water and there were fewer people about to get in my way.

I ran 7 miles, mainly because I wanted to run down this road in Alexandra Palace park. I’m not sure why I like it so much, maybe because of the trees. It’s peaceful.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 May 2011 10:54 am

    You have the most beautiful long flat peaceful stretches for running. One of these days I’ll actually get in my car and drive somewhere to run other than through my neighborhood.

  2. 22 May 2011 9:24 pm

    Thanks, though this is the nicest part of my run by some way – I have to run more than 7 miles to include this bit, so it’s not an everyday occurence!

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