Some people wait for the sunshine to run. Some people will begrudgingly run in the rain. And some people will not only run in the rain, but happily do it. today was such a day. I’ve been for the most part sticking to my training schedule. I’ve been feeling good about getting the miles in, but I will say that I’ve hated getting them in. The reason is because most of my recent miles have been on the treadmill. Treadmill runs with no music as I can not find my skullcandy headphones. (boo)
Miles are miles and sometimes that is all you need. That is what I’ve needed. But running more than 3 miles on a treadmill with no music is akin to torture. Plus I hate running at the gym feeling like a hamster on a wheel. I like to be outside where I can play my music through my phone and hear my own thoughts.
So today, I wanted to get out and do 5 miles. My time was limited as I needed to be washed up and ready for work by 11:30 and I wanted to be in the air. Today’s weather was warmer but still a little cool with rain. I suited up appropriately with my hat to keep the rain off my face and a running rain jacket. It was time to reclaim my “I will run in any weather badge” that I’ve lost this past winter. Besides I needed to have some true alone time alone brought by an outside run.
Today was a run about running. About getting 5 miles in. About seeing if I could carry a conversation with myself. Once I warmed up and got going, I actually took off my rain jacket and wrapped it around my waste. I flipped my Garmin around so as to not see the pace, heart rate, or any such thing. And I ran. I tried to stay in control of the run. I tried to keep a conversational pace but sometimes I needed to remind myself of that.
I just ran. There was some walking, but not much. I enjoyed the rain which I believe kept me from overheating. I’m really not joking when I say that I run hot. I honestly would pick a day like today for the NY Half. Off and on rain to keep me cool, but I’m getting ahead of myself. First I have to keep this training up. If I could run in the rain though but keep my feet dry that would be amazing.
So today with no thought. No set paces. no plan other than to push myself and get 5 miles in, I had the best run I have had in ages. I’ll blame it on the rain, but this was the best run I’ve had in ages and I’ll take it!