Set off for my second 10k run this morning. Thankfully decided that a fully waterproof jacket and fully waterproof cap were essential - along with shorts, as there was less to get wet!
Back along the Chester Greenway from the gym again, I headed for a simple out and back on smooth tarmac. A bit of messing around after my warm up walk - as I tried to start Runkeeper then seal my phone into a ziplock bag. Still took my hydration bladder with 500ml of water in. I’m realising I like to sip on longer runs, and my tongue wasn’t long enough to collect drips from my cap! 😂
As I hit open fields and a head wind at 4k, the waterproof jacket got fully zipped up to provide protection. I think it would have been pretty unpleasant in my more breathable running jacket, as I doubt that can offer much wind resistance once it’s soaking. At this point, as the rain became fairly torrential, I passed a lady walking her dog in wellies and a full length coat, and carrying an umbrella. She seemed desperate to keep away and avoid eye contact - I think she was worried being a soaked running idiot was catching! 😂
The rain did ease for a bit, but then turned to a deluge with 2k to go. I was going slower than for my first (dry) 10k last week, but think my pace of about 7min/k by this point must suit me, as was really starting to feel as if I could run forever. 😃😃
A bit more fumbling around at the end, as I took my phone out of its waterproof bag to stop the app again. Sadly I now found out there was a casualty - my Bluetooth ear buds no longer had a working on/off switch (clearly “water resistance” only goes so far...)
Decided not to go to the gym after for a workout this week, as I’d not taken any dry gym stuff to change into and was leaving rather large puddles of water behind! 😳
I now realise we Panther cubs are tough, and can run our 10ks whatever the weather - but I’m not so confident in my tech surviving. So if anyone else is after a Garmin Forerunner 35, I’m no longer waiting for the next Amazon sale. I’ve found Decathlon are currently selling them off for £109.99, and mine’s ordered! 😃❤️