enjoying a rainy day

I used to hate rainy days.  It meant being stuck inside with nothing but homework and reading and things like that.

Nowadays, I look forward to being stuck inside with nothing but homework and reading and things like that. 😉


Today, however, I enjoyed my rainy day.  Outside.

It was pouring outside.  Absolutely pouring! Umbrellas were pointless and even rain boots would have been a futile approach to staying dry.  And so, when I arrived to the local 5k to cheer all the brave runners on, I gave up on my umbrella and decided to just embrace the rain.  I could feel the runners’ energy.  I clapped and hollered, urging on the tired runners.  To keep on going.  To not give up.

My favorite moment was when an older woman with a bright smile shouted, “this is my first!”  This was her very first 5k!  This was her marathon.  I loved that I was able to share the moment with her as she thanked me for the motivation, running on to the finish line.  It made me want to go out and run! 😀

If you’ve never volunteered at a road race, I highly recommend it!

“Breakfast of the Week”

A fruity bowl of oats sprinkled in coconut, walnuts and a dollop of raspberry jam.


A Fruity Bowl of Oats

Grapes are fabulous with oats.  The heat brings out their natural sweetness.  A healthy dose of coconut, walnuts and your favorite jam pull it all together.  Sigh.  What a beautiful morning.

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed flax
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 sweet banana, sliced
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • handful of grapes, cut in half
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • toppings: walnuts, coconut, Trader Joe’s raspberry jam
  1. Combine oatmeal, flax, milk, 1/4 cup water, fruit and spices in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir.  Place in fridge overnight.
  2. The next morning, heat for about 5 minutes or until desired consistency.  Top with your favorite mix ins and ENJOY! 😀

Question: Rainy days…Yay or Nay?



15 thoughts on “enjoying a rainy day

  1. I love rainy days, as long as it’s a warm rain. When it rains a warm rain I sometimes go puddle jumping, it makes me feel like a kid again 🙂

  2. I’m proud of you for toughing it out in the rain! I never used to like the rain, but after reading a post you wrote a very long time ago about running in the rain, I have been converted. It still takes some willpower to get my booty out the door in dreary weather, but I’ve learned to embrace it 🙂

  3. I love cheering for races!!! I’ll actually be doing that this coming Saturday!
    I’ve never thought to put grapes in oatmeal………interesting….

  4. I love the rain…as long as I don’t have to get something outdoors done. It’s a great time to force myself to catch up on indoor work, sneak in a little extra relaxing time…and the next day everything smells so fresh!

  5. That oatmeal recipe looks so good, I just went and prepped it for tomorrow morning’s breakfast!!
    As for the rain, I enjoy staying in, but it can be so fun and energizing running out in the rain! I remember the most fun track practices in high school were the ones where we got caught in the rain.

  6. Love the oats, delicious! I’ve never volunteered at a race before, but sounds like a lot of fun, I’ll have to look into that! I’m a huge fan of rainy days 🙂

  7. Hi Sarah, I ran in a 5k in the rain on Sunday in Florence. Was that you cheering me on? 🙂 So fantastic that you run with your Dad! That’s the best kind of running partner to have, non-competitive and only wants you to succeed. I recently started to run with a friend and it’s worked out so well, she motivates me to run faster and longer. Love your photos and your food.

  8. I love the color of your little blue spoon! I have it in orange. I’ve seen some people have it in green. I am watching Crate and Barrel for more colors!!

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