Where I grew up it was flat as Kansas and rainy as Seattle. If you are familiar with both places you know that this is not a great combination to have. When I rode the bicycle to school I always had to deal with headwind – no matter which direction I was going. And when it was raining it rained for days at a time … constantly. So, in German you use the term “Scheiss Wetter” quite a bit and it pretty much means “Shitty Weather” – so, pardon my French – I grew up in Germany and got a lot of practice in complaining about the weather. When the Mrs. and I moved to the United States we deliberately picked a spot where it does not rain a lot and where for sure it is not flat, too: Colorado
Yesterday morning the fog and the bad weather we had for 2 days finally moved out – at least so I thought. It was sunny for most of the day, but of course when I left the office it was overcast again and I even had some minor rain drops coming down while driving home. It was not too bad though and so I headed out for my usual afternoon training run. It was a bit misty, but Ok for the first 2 miles, but then the weather gods decided they had enough and it started raining. It was not a heavy type of rain, but steady, very constant rain. I did not feel it at first – I guess the body heat from running just kept my running clothes warm enough, but once I reached mile 5 it became obvious that I was wet from the rain. I was too far away from home to make a short run and actually I did enjoy running yesterday. My legs had felt tired and sluggish the first 2 miles, but then I had the feeling I was just flying. My pace was in the faster range for me, my body felt good – all the little aches and pains had disappeared and I really enjoyed myself. I even had luck with most of the traffic lights and so life was wet, but good.
At around mile marker 5.5 I lucked out and had to stand at a traffic light and wait for almost 3-4 minutes. It was a bit windy and of course it rained and my clothes were already wet. That’s when I started to feel cold. I got a green light, but I could not find my rhythm again when I continued running. The wet clothes felt a bit heavier to run in, too. So, instead of going for the 7.5 mile course I went home and came in at roughly 6.5 miles. It was not a bad run. I had a lot of fun and as mentioned I enjoyed myself running leaving all those little worries and pains behind. I was also very happy with the pace. I am 2.5 weeks away from my race and things seem to come together nicely.
I had a nice, long hot shower after my run and that definitely felt good. The Mrs. had bought some freshly baked bread at the store and it was still warm when we had dinner. Since I work out twice per day I need to make sure I am eating the right type of foods for recovery and to help my body to build up muscle and strength. I had veggies for lunch yesterday, so it was mainly bread with some honey-smoked Salmon and deli meat and cheese + I had a large cup of Kefir followed by a cup of Honey-Lemon Green tea. I really like the Lifeway Kefir because it is 99% Lactose free and I am lactose intolerant. My stomach can handle that 1% of Lactose with no issues.