Today’s run was very, very soggy.
Work stress lead me to go for a run outside today even though the weather report was nasty. I decided to head out a few minutes early because the afternoon called for thundershowers. Definitely wanted to miss that!
The temperature outside wasn’t ungodly cold. It was actually just the right temperature. The rain was steady but not too bad for most of it. I just put my head down and ran. I ignored the puddles that were soaking my shoes, and ignored the fact that my legs were getting covered in mud. Yuck!
My time was pretty great for being so nasty out. I went the opposite direction than I normally do and I got to the Steel Bridge just as it was going up! Dang, talk about timing. This time I was smart enough to pause my Nike+ so my time would be accurate. Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long. At this point it was raining a lot harder.
I got back to the office just as the downpour got worse. These markings on my jacket are NOT sweat. It’s rain. And my hat was soaked.
But I was happy about my time!
Calories Burned: 424
Nike+ Pace: 9’06
My lunch was a cup of Progresso Garden Vegetable soup. 90 calories a serving. It was delicious and perfect after the rainy run! I also ate 2 Ak-Mok crackers.
One of the things I love about running the Esplanade downtown is that I can really see how my time is improving.
Some tips for running in the rain:
1. Wear a hat. It keeps the rain off your face and you will be less miserable.
2. Wear sunglasses–even if it’s not sunny. I did today and it made all the difference. No rain in my eyes!
3. Wear old shoes. I didn’t do this and I’m back at the office in soggy shoes. 😦
4. Wear a jacket/rain jacket if you want to keep the rain off. But honestly, the rain felt kind of good.
5. Be careful. Don’t run if there’s thunder and lightning. And be careful you don’t slip and fall. The pavement was really slippery!
6. Finally, take a hot shower as soon as you’re done and don’t sit in wet clothes!
QUESTION: Are you a fair-weather runner? Or are you tough (not like me) and run in all weather?