Sunday, October 28, 2012

If You Wait for Perfect Conditions...

Yeahhhhh, I need to look at this one regularly. Repeat it to myself daily. Maybe get it tattooed on the back of my hand.
See, I certainly like the results when I run regularly. But I don't like running when it's hot... humid... wet... rainy... cold... too sunny... too dark... too early in the morning... too late in the day...
Sheesh, I'm a delicate flower, eh?
The funny thing is - I did a race this weekend (Women's Run 8K) in the pouring rain, and the rain didn't bother me in the slightest. Being underprepared from not getting enough training in was a problem, but the rain wasn't!
See, I woke up that morning and lay in bed listening to the rain. Briefly thought about ditching the race but knew I'd regret it if I did. Told myself that the starting gun wasn't going off for a couple of hours and I'd really regret not going if the weather calmed down by then.
Out of bed, showered, breakfast, got dressed and into the car. Still raining.
Drove to the site, parked and sat in my car with coffee and a book until the last possible moment, listening to the rain drumming on the roof.
Once I was finally out of the car...the rain didn't seem THAT bad. Hiked up to bag check, hit the washrooms and lined up in my corral. Ran/walked the 8K, dodged as many puddles as I could, and barely noticed the rain despite getting soaked to the skin.
Do me a favour? Remind me of this the next time that I'm in my cozy house and finding it hard to get out in the weather for a run.
I had a good - not great - time at this race. It's a wonderful event, but lack of training in the last few weeks and poor nutrition that morning (too small breakfast, too close to the start time) meant that I did much more power walking and less running than I would have liked, and I was scraping the bottom of the barrel energy-wise by 7K. I did manage to pick it up in the last 300m for the photographers, though :-)
But I made sure to look around to enjoy the course and the fall colours - the park this race takes place in is gorgeous!  My daughter did the 5K route with me last fall and we had a marvellous time. Also made sure to thank each and every volunteer on and off the course. They were troupers.
And when I got to the finishline, I was so proud of myself. Proud for showing up, proud for not cutting things short by following the 5K-ers, and so proud for finishing an 8K - going longer than 5K is still a really new thing for me.
Here's hoping I actually learned a few things with this race. I'm going to need it to get ready for the 15K I'm doing in March...
Here's a few pics from the last 2 weeks -
New running shoes. Went for a few short runs around the 'hood with the dog.
Got to High Park a couple of times for the dog park...
...and trail running. Stella had a fabulous time in this gigantic mud puddle.
Wasn't too pleased later at home in the shower though. 
Got to Curves a couple of times each week. My daughter likes to come sometimes.
Walking to the start of the Women's Run. Pretty park.
Wilket Creek winds through the park. Can't tell it's raining, can you?

Check out the rain - and how wet my hair is!
This is at about 7.7K. Told you that I pulled it together for the photographers!

Heading into the finish line. Proud. Happy.
8K is in the books! Soaked to the skin but smiling.
Had a complete set of dry clothes in my car. Got changed and wore my medal for the rest of the day - even to the dentist!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on sticking it out! Its amazing how often I think it's going to be terrible and it's really not that bad...and as you said now if someone would just remind me of tomorrow morning when I really need to go run but it will be dark and 30 degrees.... :)