I know it’s Summer. I also know that thunderstorms happen quite frequently here in my neck of the woods, but seriously. Why do I work all day, look forward to getting my run in after work, to have it rain nonstop all afternoon and evening. Today isn’t the first time it’s happened either.
It really bums me out, because I truly despise running in the rain. The heavy rain tapered off quite a bit in the early evening, but I was just not into it by then. Plus… it was still drizzling. Not a fan of that, either. Not a fan of getting my running shoes wet.
I’ve been out there in the rain before, but typically don’t start my run in the rain. I try to wait it out. In fact, several years ago, back when I was putting in serious training for my first ever Half Marathon. Yeah, back when I really didn’t know what I was doing training wise, I mapped out a plan to run up to eleven miles, about a week before my first half. I really wanted to go into that first race however, knowing that I was fully capable of running 13.1 miles. So, on the day of my last long run, the eleven miler, I set out. It was threatening rain, but hadn’t started yet. I felt great. The weather was holding. I got up to 6, then 7, then 8 miles. I started thinking that since I felt so good, I was going to just go ahead and tack on the extra 2.1 miles at the end and make it official. I was going to put in that 13.1. Miles 9, and 10 ticked by, and then suddenly….. Hard rain!
But, I was going to do it. It was a damn river out there. I fought hard, completely drenched, but knocked out those miles. In the torrential downpour. It felt great afterward, but I was not happy those final two miles. I guess ever since, I am just not a fan of running in the rain. It always makes me angry. My feet hurt, and blister easy in wet shoes. The rain in my eyes. Wet clothes and chaffing. Yep, not fun. It makes me feel like a wet dog.
So, tonight’s run is scrapped. I guess another rest day won’t hurt. I just hope that the downbeat weather forecast is cooperative tomorrow morning before I have to head to work. I would like to get in at least three to four miles tomorrow before my next long run on Sunday.
how do you feel about running in the rain? Love it? Hate it?