So, what first comes to mind when you wake up at 5:40 a.m. to the pattering of rain on the pavement and the sound of cabs splashing through puddles?
“I can’t wait to get outside and pound out ~9 miles!”
Right? Anyone? Bueller?
Certainly not me. But a hot early a.m. running date this morning with Megan and Shelby sure helped me get my arse out the door despite the downpour that started the moment I stepped outside. (thanks, running weather Gods).
I know of some runners who enjoy running in the rain, but I’m not really one of them. It’s annoying, it ruins shoes, weighs down clothes (and ahem, causes chaffing), gets in my eyes and turns my hair into an unruly rats nest. However, despite all of these whiny complaints shortcomings, it sure as heck beats the treadmill.
Running buddies and fun conversation also help immensely!
Central Park was surprisingly full of (very soggy) runners this morning – you can definitely tell that fall marathon training is in full swing. With the miles piling up, running in the rain every now and again is inevitable. Here are some tips that may make these less-than-enjoyable runs a bit more bearable.
- Wear a hat – rain in the eyes sucks
- Wear as little clothing as possible (you can get away with this more when it’s warmer out) – assuming anything you wear will get wet and become fairly heavy (and need I mention again, the chaffing…)
- Invest in a light, rain resistant jacket (umm, I think I need to do this…)
- Wear older shoes if you’re worried about ruining sparkly new white ones
- Don’t try to jump over every puddle you see – this is a good way to roll an ankle or over-extend a knee
- If you’re racing, wear a garbage bag with holes cut into the arms until the race starts – this works like a charm to keep you dry and is easily disposable
- Run with buddies! (see above)
So, even though I didn’t follow all of my tips, this morning’s run was great and more importantly, done!
A breakfast of TJ’s Twigs, Flakes and Clusters/Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes with blueberries and almond milk was enjoyed shortly after a nice hot shower.
Since I was running late, I waited until I got to work to have coffee (and didn’t kill anyone on the subway commute!).
Work has been so busy lately, like always, and by the time noon came around I was starving. Enter AB & J on sprouted whole grain bread, fresh cantaloupe, TJ’s plain 0% Greek yogurt and a Dove dark chocolate.
So sweet and delicious!
Of course, afternoon snackage was also necessary. Organic Gala apple.
TJ’s Trail Mix (a combo of Sweet, Savory & Tart and Nuts for Raspberries and Chocolate)
I also tried a new tortilla – TJ’s “low carb” whole wheat tortillas.
Usually, I’m not for anything labeled “low carb” or “diet” or even “sugar-free” because it usually means the foods are full of processed crap. Not to mention that we runners need (and love) our carbs! But these tortillas appealed to me because they still had a good amount of fiber and not-so-scary ingredients.
They were actually pretty delicious too – they went well with the black bean salad, and I made a few mini burritos with them.
So delicious! And if I’m being honest, I probably could have eaten 2 more of these (marathon training = ravenous beast!) 🙂
I can’t finish this post without documenting my tempo success from yesterday morning (Tempo Tuesday, if you will). I decided to shoot for two sets of 16 minute tempo intervals with ~10 minutes of easy running in between. Here’s how it went down:
- 10 minutes warm-up
- 16 minutes tempo
- 10 minutes easy
- 16 minutes tempo
- 17 minutes easy with 3 strides
About ~7 miles total. I actually felt great during this run – must have been the rest day I took on Monday, eh? Hooray for getting faster! Now all I need is a shiny new Garmin to measure my pace more accurately.
I’m exhausted – 8 hours of sleep here I come!
Question: Do you like running in the rain? Any tips to add?