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Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Can't See Clearly Now

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The problem with wearing glasses while running in the rain? It's almost like not wearing glasses at all. And that's with wearing a visor.

Obviously the rain did not stay away from my 9 mile run on Saturday morning. Thankfully, though, it wasn't pouring. Instead, I ran through mist and drizzle before the day turned into a colder, rainier mess.

It's amazing how much a fifteen degrees and an hour can make. Last week I struggled to keep my 8 mile run near my training plan pace. This week I struggled to go slow enough! In fact, I ended up running negative splits without even really trying!! The Bones in Motion data looks a little funky due to the many stops I had to make at intersections, but the straight-from-the-Garmin data says this:

Mile 1: 10:08.45
Mile 2: 10:05.97
Mile 3: 10:21.72
Mile 4: 10:18.32
Mile 5: 10:03.53
Mile 6: 9:48.38
Mile 7: 9:48.00
Mile 8: 9:17.35
Mile 9: 9:00.80

I really should have written this post on Saturday right after my run because I'm sure I would have had so many more thoughts to include. Now, though, I can't tell you a single thing I thought about. And I didn't even run with music or a podcast so it really was just me and my thoughts. Actually, I'm impressed with how well I did sans music.

I thought I would be the only person out in that miserable weather, but I saw quite a few runners and cyclists. Well, when I could see, anyway. To be honest, I didn't even notice that I was damp from the rain until I stopped moving. If my glasses hadn't been foggy and rain-speckled it wouldn't have been much different than running under just overcast skies.

And before you say I'm hardcore to run in the rain, I just say this: you never know what it's going to be like on race day so you'd better get used to running in anything. Except lightening. I don't run outside when there's lightening.

But, okay, maybe I am a little bit hardcore.

Regardless, I can't wait until I have my contacts back.


Route:--Elev. Avg:626 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:03/13/10Up/Downhill: [+49/-49]
Time:08:02 AMDifficulty:2.4 / 5.0
Weather:Light Rain Fog/Mist
 46 F temp; 92% humidity
 46 F heat index; winds E 12

Distance: 9.00 miles
Speed:6.1 mph
Pace:9' 53 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
110' 12+0' 195.9-0.2+4 ft
29' 57+0' 046.0-0.0+6 ft
310' 25+0' 325.8-0.30 ft
410' 20+0' 275.8-0.3-9 ft
510' 03+0' 106.0-0.1+13 ft
69' 48-0' 056.1+0.0-3 ft
710' 12+0' 195.9-0.2+3 ft
89' 22-0' 316.4+0.3-13 ft
end8' 58-0' 556.7+0.60 ft
Versus average of 9' 53 min/mile

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Anne said...

You are definitely hard core!! But, I agree, it's important to run in whatever is there, just in case (except lightening for sure).

Bayjb said...

Oh running with glasses in the rain. Memories. That is a really good point about raceday weather though. You NEVER know what you'll have to run in.

Lacey said...

ugh getting wet while running and then stopping and realizing how wet you are is the worst!!!!! esp if you have more miles to go :) i have gone out with my glasses in the rain, but never running. i don't think i would survive!!!

healthylivingholly said...

I do not envy you with your glasses! And look at you, you've got 9 miles with an average under 10! You have that 2:11 in your sights!

thebalancebroad said...

Wow - 9 miles without music?! I'm VERY impressed! Sadly, I rely too much on music during my workouts. I always have it on shuffle but I swear I spend half the time flipping through songs, anyway.

I've had that problem with seeing and running the rain, too. I don't mind getting wet, but I'd always get super paranoid that if my shoes got sopping wet, they would be heavier and then I'd be more prone to injury (I know....coming from the injury queen!). It does feel good now and then, though. Nothing beats coming home and changing into warm, DRY clothes!

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