Wimpin out in the rain

Every Tuesday night, a group of us meet and run. Last night it was raining cats and dogs and 6-7 runners showed up (6PM). No one was complaining about the cold, or being soaked. I was warm in my 5 layers of clothing and sheepskin Ugg boots, and as we talked under umbrellas, I decided not to go. They all took off in good cheer and with headlights and I slunk into the bar and had a Guinness. I felt kinda bad. I know if I’d gone I’d have been exhilarated. Finished my beer and drove home along the coast, wind and water whipping the truck. I knew that if I waited in the bar until they came back, they’d all be bubbling with energy, as happens when you get immersed in the elements, and that would depress me. Why don’t I listen to my own experience, which is that you ALWAYS feel better after doing it. OK, if it’s raining next week I’m going.

Below, the beach in a storm a few days ago.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Wimpin out in the rain

  1. Toast to the new year: Here's to never passing up on an opportunity to feeling alive even if it means being cold and wet. HAPPY NEW YEAR LLOYD I have very much enjoyed your blog this year I have visited it almost daily. Thanks,

  2. yep, so have I read your blog almost daily. If you didn't choose to go that time, another time will do as well….there's something called "common sense" when getting older and that's good too. your biking sounds super great….and helmet….OR GET SOME GOOD RAIN GEAR TO GO RUNNING IN…FOR THE NEXT TIME.

  3. Raining cats & dogs? Cold and soaking wet? Hmmm, maybe your choice resulted in not getting a chest cold or similar…

    I've also greatly enjoyed your blog – interesting reading, great photos, not long-winded. Thanks so much for sharing Lloyd, and Happy New Year to you and fellow readers!!

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