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I see the strangest things when I run

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First, there was Scary Spandex Man

I’ve also seen:

  • a unicycler (so cool!)
  • sneakers hanging from a high-tension wire (they haven’t moved for months)
  • mutant chicken-ducks (more on them in a future post)
  • a beautiful butterfly

And this morning, I wasn’t the only hard-core runner braving the drizzly weather:


(I couldn’t take a picture of the actual dog I saw, as I didn’t have my camera.  But he was wearing a similar-style raincoat.)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. jcd says:

    Puddle jumping is high on my list too! The top of my list would also include camping in the rain, or hiking, or even watching the storm through my bedroom window and listening to the rain on the roof.

  2. Marina says:

    Reading a nice book under warm blanket, drinking tea or creamy coffee, and just relaxing with my bf. I love rain :)

  3. Melinda says:

    That dog must have looked so cute. I think I need a raincoat for my dog. We just moved from Vegas and my dog has not really been exposed to rain. The move has her feeling like we are out to get her. She really thinks I have made the sky open up with water. My fave activity for the rain right now is staying inside since I am still adjusting. I know it can be fun, but I really haven’t had to get wet in 5 years. I bought a rain coat, rain pants and 2 pairs of rain boots. We’ll see how my winter goes. It doesn’t snow here, just rain and it rains sideways due to the wind. Umbrellas don’t work here.

  4. Wow, I’ve never seen a dog in a raincoat! Adorable and hilarious. :)

    I like to go the book/tea/cuddling route on rainy days. It’s such a great way to recharge!

  5. Havent done the Nanna Brulee trick yet, but do soak oats overnight with a nanna and then nuke it all together…pretty nummy but I have to straight up melt the banana soon!

    Thx for your sweet comment on my bloggie yesterday :)


  6. *Andrea* says:

    haven’t done it yet :( but will try asap!!!

    i loveeeeeee running in the rain.. also cuddling up on the coach with a fuzzy blanket, mug of tea, and a good book or movie :) this weekend however it involved a longgg football game in the rain hehe

  7. Teresa says:

    Usually when I run my head is up high scanning all the trees for fruit! By now I pretty much now most of the fruit trees within a 10 mile radius of my house, but I still surprise myself. Like yesterday, when I found a brown turkey fig tree that was not on anyone’s property and only getting eaten by the squirrels. Score! I got a good bounty of fresh, free, and delicious figs! Other fruit trees include: peaches, loquats, grapes, more figs-but green, pears, avocadoes, tangerines, apples, and of course loads of lemon trees. It’s kind of a sickness, because whenever I’m in a new city and am walking around all I do is look up at the trees, searching for fruit. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m usually not walking alone, or I’m pretty sure I would have been hit by a car by now.

    In rainy weather, I love nothing more than cozying up by the fire with a book and a warm cuppa tea!

  8. Brandi says:

    you do see some funny things while running :)

    I love watching movies, reading inside, or shopping is always a good choice :)

  9. Jessica says:

    I’m not a big fan of the rain…I like to stay inside and curl up with a good book and a giant cup `o coffee! That, or watch a good movie! I ran a half-marathon in the rain and it actually felt pretty good, but I get on the dreaded treadmill any other rainy day.

  10. buffmuffy says:

    I really have got to try this melted banana thing in my oats!
    my fave thing to do in the rain… def cuddle up with a book and a pillow and read with the windows open (if rain doesn’t come in of course) or on the porch. Loves it!

  11. Sharon says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Katie looks model like gorgeous and can’t understand how people could say she looks
    unhealthy except out of jealousy?

    Beth, what exactly is your purpose in writing such malicious things? What are you trying to accomplish by pointing out the obvious that Katie is extremely thin, something she doesn’t deny anyway, if you bothered to read her Hello from CCV post before accusing her of things. Does it really make you feel better about yourself to put other people down like that? If it does, I think YOU are the one who needs help.

    Now I’m the one who’s just “being real”.

  12. When I was younger, when it rained at school we would stand under the roof drainer and get completely sodden. Good times! Now when it rains I just hope for a lot of thunder and plenty of lightening. Nothing beats a good storm!

  13. I have to agree with Sharon and say tisk-tisk to Beth in judging Katie. I don’t think that is fair. And if you don’t like Katie’s wonderful posts, then why are you reading this blog? There are plenty of other things to read…

    Anyway, Katie, I love seeing dogs in raincoats! It cracks me up every time. My dog Laverne out grew her rain jacket years ago but she looked so darn cute that I might be inspired to buy her a new one.

    Happy Monday!

  14. Sarah says:

    Raincoats on dogs are the best :) Rainy days = cup of tea and an old movie for me, although I did row MANY practices and races in practically torrential downpours, so I have to say that rainy days remind me of my collegiate rowing career!

  15. Kiersten says:

    I like to curl up on the couch with a book when it’s raining. Or my boyfriend, dog, and I will all sit on the couch together and watch a movie. I am not a big fan of the rain.

    I definitely need to get one of those doggy raincoats for Nico! He doesn’t like the rain either.

  16. Jenny R. says:

    #1 Beth honestly stop. That is so rude. No one ever tells people who are overweight to lose weight and stop being “fat” etc as it is considered please keep your comments to yourself. They are so negative and uncalled for. As someone who is also skinny and healthy as is Katie, I know how obnoxious and hurtful those comments can be.

    #2 Katie I also saw sneakers tied up like that!!! It’s so strange. As for my rainy day activity…I love napping when it’s raining outside because I find the rain so soothing to listen to.

  17. lola says:

    What a cute dog Katie!! when it’s raining i like to cuddle up in a couch and read or watch a movie. I like to nap too, or go running if it’s only drizzling lightly!

  18. Beth says:

    I’m in great shape and am not jealous at all :) Seriously no offense intended to Katie, but I definitely wouldn’t trade bodies, as she has more the runway body and I have more the swimsuit body, and I think everyone should be happy with the body they have.

    I did send an email to Katie though apologizing. After posting the comment, I looked into her blog more thoroughly and realized she’s already explained why she is so skinny.
    I really don’t think I was being super rude or obnoxious. I didn’t realize that everything on a blog has to agree with what everyone says.

    But, like I said, I did send an email apologizing to Katie, and I let her know I think she’s very pretty and admirable. I also asked her to take down my first comment as I didnt’ want everyone getting all hot and bothered about it.

    I apologize to you readers as well if what I said seriously offended you.


  19. Beth,

    I really, really appreciated the email and second comment. I deleted the first comment like you asked.

    Jenny R,

    I keep trying to email you, but it comes back as undeliverable (I wrote the same thing on my last post lol). I love all your comments; please don’t think I’m ignoring you in that I never respond! :)

  20. Jenny says:

    True story: one time I went running and saw a woman mowing her lawn topless. Perhaps that’s why I’ve converted to an avid yoga fan.. I prefer getting my workouts in boobie-free.

  21. randomlymikey says:

    i had melted nanners in my green oats this morning! i love taking my camera with me when i run. i see so many interesting things :)

  22. Vaala says:

    I love sleeping in when it’s raining…I adore the sound of rain on the roof while I lie in bed daydreaming! But I do also like running when it’s raining (although I prefer to have already started my run by then otherwise I’m likely to pike out!).

  23. Yay! Thanks for the link love, love :) Banana brulee takes over the world!! Then spandex jumps in and takes back the throne…muahahaha.

  24. Keep spreading the grain love Katie – you are true pioneer. :)

    My favorite rainy day activity – movies. If it’s sunny, I refuse to sit in a dark room for 2 hours, but if the weather is bad? I’m all for hittin up the box office.

    Hope you had a happy Monday!

  25. Christina says:

    I like staying in and watching movies on rainy days. That dog must have been adorable. I love pets in clothes!

  26. CaSaundra says:

    When it’s raining, I am inside. Lol. Case in point–I don’t like getting wet!

  27. Emily says:

    You see such interesting things when you run! The most interesting thing I’ve seen lately is a dog leash that you wear around your waist. The dog runs behind you, leaving your hands free.

    I love reading or napping when it rains. It makes me want to just be cozy inside.

  28. Katharina says:

    Ooo I bruleed my banana in my oats the other day, but I haven’t featured it on my blog YET!

    Running in the rain is so liberating I love it 😀 I love drinking hot tea as well and watching movies.. just snuggling up with a blanket!

  29. Jules says:

    I love swimming in the rain. I know, that’s probably really weird. Puddle jumping and running are definitely up there too :) And then I like coming inside and curling up with my big dog…he’s the perfect heater!

  30. Kelly says:

    Dog in a raincoat… precious! My best friend’s older sister just got an Italian greyhound, and he already has a rather extensive wardrobe. I wouldn’t be surprised she outfits him in a raincoat next time it’s stormy in Boston!

    I am totally using the melted banana trick tomorrow. I just discovered that my family owns an immersion blender, so I’m going to eat a big bowl of banana brulee blended oats tomorrow morning! I can’t wait to wake up! 😀

  31. broccolihut says:

    I actually kind of enjoy running in the rain too! Something about “misty” rain is quite refreshing.
    I also like to cuddle up with a good magazine, paint my toenails (to cover up my ugly runner’s feet), re-organize something, or shop for shoes. Glorious!

  32. WholeBodyLove says:

    I like to nap inside while I listen to the rain outside.

  33. megan says:

    I love running in the rain even though it is very rare in Arizona. My favorite part is going in the mountains and running through the deep puddles and seeing the water build up in the washes and ditches. It’s awsome! Also I love snuggling up in my blanket drinking hot chocolate in front of my computer or looking outside the window:)

  34. Patrick says:

    Hey! You found my shorts! I’ve been looking all over for them!

  35. Shelby says:

    I’m eating Banana Bruless oats right now…again! I cannot get enough of them, so good!

    Mutant Chicken-Ducks?! I’m intrigued.

  36. t says:

    I would have died if I saw a dog dressed like that, so cute!!!

  37. Rachel says:

    I know I see plenty of dogs when I go running…but none as cute as yours!

  38. HAHAH! That dog must have been adorable!

    Well, it only rains 2 or 3 times a year here which makes me REALLY miss the amazing Texas thunderstorms I was getting used to while living in the states. My favorite thing to do when it rains is to sit on a porch, curled up with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. And my dogs, of course!

  39. rhodeygirltests says:

    I love the sound of rain. It makes me want to curl up with a good book or watch a mindless movie, or, for some reason, go shopping.

    I also really enjoy running the rain when it isn’t too cold out. There is something so refreshing about it, and I love feeling like I am running with a true part of nature.

    Happy Birthday again!

  40. rhodeygirltests says:

    P.S. Not sure if you ever discussed it before, but did it take a long time for your parents to be so supportive of you (the presents they gave you reflect their support) or were they supportive from the start?

  41. carolinebee says:

    HA i’ve seen almost all of those- miiiinus the chicken duck thing 😀

  42. psychoj1 says:

    Those are some crazy sightings! EEK especially to the first one. No one should wear that, no matter how in shape ya are 😉
    <3 jess

  43. Liz says:

    Aw, Katie! Thanks so much for the link :)
    That Spandex man sounds awful *shudder* I hope you’re not scarred for life?
    Hmm, favourite things to do on a rainy day… I love reading a really good book under my doona covers with a torch, or making a big bowl of popcorn and eating it while watching movies, or if there’s no lightning or anything I love dancing & singing in the rain, and even jumping on my trampoline in the rain! It’s so much fun 😀
    Love you!

  44. Joanie says:

    My Dad off-road unicycles…it’s awesome core work. Too, he’s got quads of steel! Agh!