Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Runnin' in the rain

I think it would be fair to call me a fair weather runner. As most of you know by now, I do most of my training on a treadmill. If it's cold or wet outside, I'll just run indoors. Heck, half the time it's nice outside I still run inside.

But today, when I saw that it was raining, I decided a run in the rain was in order.

The Portland Marathon is in 11 days. They say that it has only rained once on race day in the last 27 years. That's actually one of the reasons I chose Portland over Victoria. I figured it was more likely to rain in Victoria in mid-October.

Despite this history, I thought it would be prudent to do a practice run in the rain since I can't remember ever doing so before.

I only had to do 3 miles. It was cool but the rain wasn't coming down too hard. I was torn between sprinting to get out of the rain and practicing trying to maintain marathon pace. I ended up doing something in between.

All in all, I didn't mind the run. It was refreshing and more enjoyable than running into the headwinds I encountered earlier in the week. Yes, my feet got wet and I noticed some potential chafe points but mission accomplished: I feel that I'm better prepared if it rains on race day.


  1. Glad to read your run in the rain was not too too bad! Here's hoping you have decent weather for your marathon! Hope your taper is going well!

  2. Good luck in 11 days. Here's hoping for dry weather! I look forward to the race report.

  3. I ran in the rain last night and it was pretty cold! For being a fellow Vancouverite, I'm just not used to running in the rain! You must be getting excited about your race - good luck!