Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sideways Rain

Days like today make it hard for me to wake up and have an optimistic day -- or just wake up. The temperature barely clawed its way above 45 degrees, a light mist drizzled on top of the city all day, the clouds sat so low they could be touched, and my desire to go outside and turn into a soggy, cold mess sounded downright awful.

This week is my second 60+ mile week in my marathon training plan, and while I normally would try to shift around my schedule as to not run when sideways rain is pelting against my face and straight-line winds are knocking me over, I had no option today because the rest of my week is already booked with running, running, and more running. Sitting on a treadmill for an hour at a crowded gym sounded worse than being outside, so I bundled up in my rain gear and headed out for soggy, slow run.

Even though this weather drains all the energy out of me, as soon as I get moving, everything magically seems better. Lake Calhoun was deserted this afternoon, and it was just me and a few mallards out enjoying the gale-force rainy winds. Today's run was by no means easy, but I can certainly tuck this one under my BA belt.
5mi splits: 8:45, 8:41, 8:33, 8:40, 8:20
Air Temp: 45F, rain


  1. Way to get out there today! Brr! Seriously, when and the heck is it going to stop raining? I want the warm sunshine back! I have got to make a trip to the city and run by the lakes this summer:)

    Do you know, does the Team Ortho Half have pacers? I know that Get in Gear did not. Just curious...attempting to decide if I will run on the 6th or not. If there were for sure pacers I would do it in a heartbeat:) Hey, keep up the great work!

  2. You are very, very brave! Good job on the run but try to stay warm.

  3. I signed up for the half marathon:) I will be a happy girl with pacers! Very funny about me running with the 1:30 group....yea, that is not going to happen! I am debating to move up to the 1:50 or the 1:45. What do you think?