Tuesday, January 29, 2013
It's Tuesday, a work at home day and a traditional day to run on the lunch hour. Today's action was dominated by concerns about uncertain weather and uncertain body parts.
Yesterday morning's snow and freezing rain gave way to yesterday afternoon and evening's rain, melting much of the snow. This morning, it was 34° F (1°C) when I got up, and the traffic report mentioned black ice on the roads. Any thought of running early was discarded, though I did move well enough to have a nice 25 minute walk before sitting down to work. I took that walk around some of the local sidewalks and roads I might run on. Yes, I found some black ice. No, I didn't fall or even slip badly enough to startle myself; but waiting for a warmer temperature to run at lunch seemed wise, even if the forecast was correct about rain starting up at noon.
Come lunch time, the temperature was up to 42°F. There was no rain, but it was threatening. I ended up layering a long sleeved tech shirt over a light long sleeve compression shirt for the upper body, and using my lighter running tights over compression shorts on the lower body. My lightest gloves got tucked into my SPI belt, in case I needed them. I set out on a run around the section to east (shorter than around the section to the west) with the idea of adding a little bit of distance at the end around side roads.
Less than three minutes into the run, a few sprinkles showed up. Before I'd gone a mile, they had turned into a steady light rain. I thought I was going into a mild wind as I headed south; it became a stronger headwind when I turned east, and had a definite northerly component when I turned north. Some days, the weather acts like that. The rain got gradually stronger througout the run, though remaining light.
My hands got cold, but not cold enough to get me to pull my gloves out of my belt. The bad foot complained about halfway through the run, but shut up before I finished. The sore hip was silent. I took a bit of a detour through the side roads, and ended up running 3.69 miles in 25:10, for an average pace of 6:49 per mile. That's a decent result for a short run in the rain.
The light rain turned into moderate rain as I was doing my walking cooldown. 'Tis the season to come inside to do my stretching, and remember to stretch even though I don't feel like I ran very far. The formerly sore thigh gave me a couple twinges while stretching; I'm hopeful that these are not serious and that keeping the run short was sufficient to avoid further problems there.
I'm still a long way from being ready for a half marathon, but it's feeling like I can run three days a week right now. That's something I can be thankful for, as well as being thankful for January thaws that open previously closed running routes and give me a place to put the next batch of snow that will land on my driveway.