I was super excited to see today’s forecast: 53 degrees with a 40% chance of showers. I couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to start off 2011 with a run in capris and a long sleeve shirt. I left the house and it was a little bit misty out and I was thrilled.
But after about half a mile it was more like this:
Unfortunately, I did not spot any singing/tap dancing men on my run.
Thankfully, despite the weater.comFAIL, it stayed pretty warm outside. I also managed to stay pretty dry in my New Balance Lightning Dry Capris. I am seriously fascinated by moisture wicking fabric. Shirt: Totally dry. Sports Bra: Totally soaked. Pants: Totally dry. Socks: Totally soaked. Really, how did people exercise before this stuff was around? I was so completely comfortable in really crappy weather. Technology is amazing.
Not only were my clothes comfortable, but my run was really comfortable. I tacked an extra mile onto each end my standard 3 mile loop, which was nice and added little bit of new scenery. And I felt absolutely great the whole time. I went out with the goal of going REALLY slowly and doing a very steady but slow 5 miles at a pace recommended by the McMillan Running Calculator (suggested long run pace: 12:32/mile based on a recent 5K time of 32:14). The first mile was just too slow. This was my longest run of the week, but maybe it doesn’t quite fit in the “long run” category. Maybe until I start getting into the 8-10 mile range I should treat my pacing at the “steady state run” level, which is at an 11:25 pace and much more comfortable.
|Mile 1 (warm-up)||12:11|
I got my speed regulated by Mile 3 and finished up feeling great. I’m really looking forward to adding more miles as I train.
How do you power through runs in bad weather?