Running faster than the rain

Today’s run (street): 4.4 miles

We’re going to get a deluge of rain tonight, but you wouldn’t have known that this morning when I started my run. The skies were clear, but that quickly changed to clouds. I was surprised to encounter stiff winds from the north and was glad that I’d worn long sleeves, despite the 51° temperature. My plan was to run easy and conditions seemed to support that.

The day after a long run, like Saturday’s 9-miler, I like to do a recovery run at a slower pace. Ostensibly, this type of running helps repair muscle damage and depletes built up levels of lactic acid. It’s easy to get myself outside for these runs because I like to be outdoors and I know that the workout won’t be too taxing.

About a mile into the run, the sky began to darken. I picked up the pace because I wanted to get in at least four miles before it started to rain. Running faster was easier than I expected, and I quickly reached three miles before I felt the first raindrops. The rain was light and I hoped it would stay that way for the next ten minutes.

Fortunately, the weather held until I reached my house. The rain was nothing more than a steady drizzle by the time I reached my driveway. My timing was great. Not long after I got inside, I saw that it had really started to pour.  The upside of rushing through my run was that my overall pace was a minute faster than I’d planned.

Between yesterday and today, I covered almost 14 miles. Not quite what I had been covering in prior weeks, but a good return to base running after last week’s race weekend. This upcoming weekend is my last opportunity to train for the LI Half. I got a note from a friend who’ll be running that race with me on the 6th. He ran the Hook Mountain Half Marathon this morning in 1:55. I’m impressed with his time. I hope two weeks will provide him enough time to recover for the LI Half.

2 thoughts on “Running faster than the rain

  1. Anonymous

    Sounds like if you're annoyed about being stuck on same pace you may need to add in a shorter tempo run and maybe some intervals. Nothing crazy but shorter distances at harder efforts to get your body used to the higher speeds. You can then build those run over time to longer distances which will hopefully help.


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