OK I am starting to get mad. Northern Michigan weather has not been cooperating with me. I never was one of those kids that cries during thunder storms, I usually find them more soothing than anything. The pitter patter of rain drops on my roof top puts me into a nice deep sleep where I usually dream of mud races. However when I woke up this morning to the sound of rain I just got aggravated. I haven't seen the sun shine in almost two weeks now, if its not raining it is just plain cold and cloudy. Right now it is only 42 degrees outside, I had planned on running today but yet again I will be confined to the gym. If there is one thing I hate in this world its running on a treadmill. I love running outside, breathing the fresh air and most of all actually going somewhere, seeing new scenery instead of just watching the wall or a TV. Whats even more irritating is I have two big events coming up, most importantly the WMA Cup in Texas over Thanksgiving which has been hard to train for when the weather wont let up. And secondly though weighing a little more on my mind because it is just around the corner, being only 9 days away, is the half marathon I am running with my brothers. I had a whole training schedule planned out that would have me running the full 13 miles two weeks ago. But because it has been so cold I ended up getting sick and in bed for almost a week, then after feeling a little better but still not 100% I am forced to only run when its nice out. I should explain that since getting sick in '04 my immune system is shot, I come down with a cold about once a month and any time I get chilled usually leaves me in bed with a fever. I want to actually be healthy on race day so I have to be careful. I have never ran a half marathon before but I have talked to people who have and said they never ran more than 5 or 6 miles before hand and its just pure determination that allows you to finish. My brother on the other hand disagrees, though its possible he is trying to scare me, telling me I wont finish. We tend to be a little too competitive. As it stands today I have only ran 9 miles. And considering they are calling for tornadoes (not normal for "Normi") I doubt my feet will be hitting anything other than the treadmill today, so you can bet I wont be going far as I hate the feeling of being a hamster in a wheel. Here's praying the rain goes away so I can get back on the bike and on the trail!