Runnin’ In The Rain
Monday brought a nice day off after a great run on Sunday. The training pattern I am executing: run two days, rest one. Since yesterday was a well-deserved rest day, today, no matter the weather, was a running day.
I had The Weather Channel online all day to see if the rain would hold off, if the rain would go away. That turned into ‘how hard will it be raining when I am running?’. Having not run in rain in months, I was a little leary. Did I bring enough, or the right running gear? Was my running ‘outfit’ going to hold up in the torrential, cold rain? (that’s for you Taj 🙂 )
After staying late to finish up launching a new sponsored search campaign for a client, I was on my way to Lake Calhoun to run in the rain. I called my friend Brian, (you may remember him as the one who thought of this brilliant idea to do a half-marathon), and asked him if he wanted to go running with me. It was intended to be sarcastic due to the weather conditions. However, he said yes. Surprised, I headed to his place to run around a local pond/preserve.
I tried to stretch a little more than normal just in case I never warmed up in the cold. That proved to be key to why the run in the rain went well. Brian and I made it around this pond three times, which I estimate was three miles. I felt good throughout the run, especially considering the conditions. I had no idea what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised to how well I felt, how far I am going and feeling good, and how much I am enjoying running.
My marathon running friend, Kenny, was right. He said to dress light, and that I would enjoy it more than I thought. I should trust what he says; he has run in numerous marathons including Grandma’s and the Boston Marathon. He’s kind of a big deal.
Tuesday was an awesome experience; today will be more of the same. I hope to go a little further and push myself maybe a half mile further.
I guess we can compare me to the USPS; rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor hail will stop me from running. 🙂
Til next time…