running in the rain
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
good morning, everyone! yesterday after spending my morning sparktime i looked out the window to see the rain had stopped. did a brief happy dance and then got dressed so i could go to the park and run outside. this frigid cold weather has kept me confined to the house for my exercise for a week and it really was getting to me. add to that my sore shoulder made me decide NOT to do any podrunning on the treadmill and i was really ready to get dressed and go. the world was a soaking wet sponge, and more rain was possible, so i put on my most rain resistant slacks, which are also very warm, one of my new synthetic shell type shirts (on clearance at menards), and my gargantuan pullover top that i bought years ago for 1.00. its something i think golfers wear, and its extra extra large, so its kind of like wearing a trash bag; but its VERY comfortable and completely waterproof. put a bandana around my neck to keep the cold off and lined my shoes with cut down grocery bags. if you have never tried this trick for keeping your feet dry it really works. you just cut the plastic grocery bags down to about 4 inches high, slip them over your socks and put your shoes on. then i bunch up the excess and cut it off. i HATE having wet feet inside of socks, and this prevents it, doesn't make my feet overly hot (when the weather is cool) and the plastic is so thin it doesn't bunch up or rub.
got to the park and slapped my new (wal mart clearance) lightweight headband on and pulled on one of rob's landscapers caps (a baseball cap with a flap that goes down over the neck in back). i am certain i was one glamorous sight. but i was warm and dry and the wind didn't cut through me. there was a little bit of wet ice right near where i parked my car, and a few patches along the way, but nothing major. it felt SO GOOD to be back outside. as i progress along in these podrunner workouts, my stride becomes more smooth and balanced all the time. i have realized that if i want to participate in a "sport" its the endurance sports and not the strength sports that i can do. i am not quick, nor am i large and strong, but i am fairly coordinated and i have the mental ability to sustain a moderate workload over a long period of time, rather than expend some near-fatal amount of energy over a shorter period. and i love the meditative quality of a prolonged session of activity. and best of all, i can be outdoors--without which i almost cannot function. currently i would like to increase my speed to where i can sustain a 6mph pace over an hour long run. and i am looking at the idea of making a half marathon my ultimate goal. i think both of these goals are doable for me and offer me an opportunity to stay focused and structure a plan to work that will get me there. this 10 K podrunner set is slowly increasing my running speed, and when i complete it, there are a group of downloads designed to gradually increase your speed to what i would like and sustain it for an hour.
so i finished my run and climbed back in the car, damp and cool, but very glad to have gone!