Sunday is meant to be Long Slow Run day. These days, the long part has shrivelled back to a not-so-long seven or eight miles. But the pace is definitely meditative.
Last Sunday, however, was an exception.
Between one thing and another- actually, one teen and another -I ended up going from pillar to post all day. It wasn`t until late evening that I finally got around to donning my gear and heading for my run. And discovered that the grand, clear, crisp day had morphed into a monsoon monster.
I`m a chicken when it comes to water.(Well, obviously…) But I know that if I miss my Sunday run, it knocks off my weekly mileage. And I also knew I`d little enough time all this week to squeeze in a run. I simply had to go.
Anyway, who can afford to live in this darned little wet island of ours and be picky about the weather?
Phew! All that that reasoning at least got me out the door.
I knew a meditative, medium length run was out of the question though, in negotiating my way out the door, I agreed to stick to my regular three mile route.
The rain was of the interminable sort. I don`t wear raingear as it`s way too warm for me. So, being soaked to the skin was a given.
That`s not the worst part of rain runs though, it`s the whole gloom of the thing that gets me, the relentlessness of it all. Seeing pools of light, through needles of rain is one of my least favourite sights.
I just wanted the whole darn business done as swiftly as possible. So I ran like a hen out of hell.
Three thoughts on running in the rain….
- Remember those Michael Mosley inspired intervals I`ve been working on since last August? I have finally realised I need to incorporate that kind of speed into my regular runs too. Get used to making short fast bursts. I certainly did that on Sunday. I need to do more of it.
- Running in the rain actually suits me because it`s just the whip I need to make me really run.
- All of us runners are friendlier in the rain. I only met two. But we greeted each other with bigger waves, warmer smiles. It was as if we were saying
“Aren`t we the mad eedjits to be out in this?”
Basking with my blogging buddies after the post run shower, I came across this wonderful article about how to improve your parkrun personal best. Oh, there`s lots of goodies in there and it applies to anyone trying to improve any of their short distance races, not just parkrun.
But one point stuck out at me.
When it hurts a lot keep running AT THAT PACE. When it hurts more, again KEEP RUNNING at that pace
I don`t do pain, and I don`t do rain. But to see any improvements, I have to do both.
Okay,rain gods….Bring It On!