Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Running in the Rain

Oh race week. You are upon us. Time is going by ever so slowly as the taper crazies make me want to pull my hair out, watch tv endlessly, and eat all the baked potatoes. Oh and check the weather incessantly.


Houston, TX
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Which looks like this by the way... rainy. Honestly, this 50% chance forecast is the best that I have seen so far. I've never ran a race in the rain and I'm both terrified and really excited for it. The good parts of it will be that running in the rain is something different. I rarely ever do it and I don't have preconceived notions about what it will be like to trudge along for 13 miles in the rain. The bad news is... I rarely ever do it, soooooooo I have no idea what to expect.

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You know what is great though? Taper week. I have lotsa free time to google all the tricks, tips, and horror stories of what it is like. 


Here is my plan for how to survive...


1) Dress Appropriately- I normally like to run in shorts and a tank, but tighter, longer clothes are what I need to be wearing. Also a hat. Also good socks. Not thick socks, but supportive. And everything needs to be wicking. Oh and to make a really cute fashion statement, I will rock a trash bag before the race if that means staying dry.  

2)Seal my Electronics- I think "I will survive" may make an appearance a time or twenty on this rainy jaunt, so I'll need to seal up my phone in a plastic baggy. Also my snacks. Chock Blocks are great, but I'm not sure I want them slipping, sliding, and staining everything they touch.

3) Stay Hydrated- More races than not, I don't take enough of the advantage of water and fuel stations. Focus on staying hydrated to not make things any harder than necessary.

4) Don't Rush- I'm on the final miles of my racing shoes anyways, but the slick roads will not help the hundreds of miles of removed traction. Even a better reason to not focus on my time, but enjoy the process. A teensy, tiny part of me feels like maybe it all worked out that this training cycle didn't prove to be PR breaking. Putting the extra pressure of breaking my PR on top of staying on my feet (and off my rear end) would have been a lot to handle. 

5) Enjoy the Craziness What if I do fall on my face the first sharp turn? Well, that sounds kinda funny. What if the extra weight I'm carrying is located in my waterlogged shoes not just the remains of the wheel barrel of chips and salsa I housed the other day? Well, I will just have to deal. It sounds like a rainy day blast and a good reason to spike a cup of cocoa at the end of it all!

Have you ever run in the rain? Tips???
-S

8 comments:

  1. Oh no! I hate that it's supposed to rain on race day for you! I've run three races in the rain (all 5Ks)... two were cold/drizzly rains and one was a downpour. Surprisingly, the rain didn't bother me and the downpour race was a PR one. Go figure! Just make sure you have a hat to keep the water out of your eyes!

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  2. I've run in a drizzle a few times and its not so bad as long as its not really cold. Definitely wear a hat and just keep your eyes on the road. Oh and dont run on the paint on the roads, you now like the yellow and white lines, they get sooooo slick. Oh and also drink water you crazy woman!! Good luck this weekend! I'm running a 10 mile race on Saturday in preparation for my half marathon in a November!

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  3. oh gosh. my friends and i ran a half marathon in march and it rained the entire time. it was absolutely miserable. we didn't even think or prepare though, so i hope with your preparation, you'll be fine ;) but yes, definitely a cup of hot cocoa at the end (and some hot, delicious food) is well deserved!

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  4. You've got this lady. Rain stinks to run in, but I think once it hits you just have to will yourself to roll with it. If you're able to have someone meet you at the end definitely have someone with a thermos of hot cocoa for you. And a warm change of clothes to change in to as well.

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  5. Good luck. Weather Underground predicts only 0.8" mostly early in the morning with wind from the N-NNE. Hope that it's at your back.

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  6. I personally really dislike the rain. I would take the snow over rain any day! But you're going to do great. Just be careful on those slippery shoes!

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  7. Um, what Kristen said! I wore a jacket that wasn't actually waterproof and that was about the extent of our prep :/ I've run one other half marathon totally in the rain, and a few other races where it rained at some point. Honestly, sometimes the rain helps me because I'm more focused on getting out of the weather than I am on running. I even think it's kind of fun. One of those halfs I did in the rain was a 15-minute PR! Just make sure you have or can get something to warm you up afterward, and change into dry clothes as soon as you can.

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  8. When you start running, you don't even really notice it except for your feet. I hope you had a great race and cannot wait to hear about it.
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