Woke up this morning to rain, the forecast for the next two days was for heavy rain and gales so I decided that today was going to have to be the day for my first run in real rain. Feeling confident after lots of supportive messages on this forum I decided to go for it. Extra warm up exercises before I left the house just in case I got too cold on my usual 5 minute walk warm up and off I went. I got wet very quickly. I was lucky this morning because the temperature was quite mild. I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not at the beginning. I wasn’t cold which surprised me. Big puddles were avoided at the beginning but then I thought sod it, I am wet what’s a bit more. I usually do a there and back run. I got to 2.5k was still feeling good so I continued running. It was so quiet, I could hear my feet squelching through soggy wet leaves🍁, big rain drops falling from the overhanging trees and my feet crunching over the fallen acorns. I didn’t see any of the usual dog walkers, there weren’t even any cyclists. I did see my usual rabbits, squirrels, a couple of bull finches and three voles. I haven’t seen voles before whilst running so they must like the rain. On and on I ran. Running looking through rain drop encrusted eye lashes was really nice and running in the rain was not as horrible as perceived it would be. Checking my watch I realised I had run 4k, if I had run this far I might as well go for my second 10k. I managed my 10k 5 minutes faster than my first which I was pleased about even though I walked down the slight hills as I was worried about slipping on the wet leaves. Back home for a hot shower and some homemade brownie straight out of the freezer, delicious. I then spent a stupid amount of money on new running shoes, leggings and a long sleeve top as I only have one of everything. This running in the rain is expensive 😂 Despite my running shoes being by the fire all afternoon they are still sodden so I definitely needed that second pair. Spent the afternoon sewing two of my Granddaughters a Christmas dress. All in all a very good day. I definitely won’t try and avoid running in the rain again. 💪💪💪🏃🏻♀️
Running looking through rain drop encrusted ... - Bridge to 10K
Bridge to 10K
Well done you! What a run and what a time too. I'm so glad you went for it. The warmth and feeling after is so lovely too. I ran over the morning too and it was so heavy but like you I just adored it. Well done again though because now you just go out when you need and this'll really help consistency.
You really have come a long way. The new running bits are richly deserved and will really be needed in the months ahead. Have a great evening 😀
Thanks, I forgot to write about the after glow. It was really good. Curry , wine and a FaceTime quiz with friends later. Hope you have a good evening too 😀
Beautiful posting MoliJ 👍 felt like I almost ran today..........
Those soggy trainers not too near the fire, you'll melt the glue holding them together..... Pack them with newspaper and just sit them in a warm room replace the newspaper after a hour or so... Good to go again 👍
Thanks, they are not too close. I have put newspapers in them. They are really sodden.
Don't forget to change the newspaper occasionally.
My shoes go in the washing machine after each run, then I hang them up to dry in the utility room or put them on a shelf in the airing cupboard (that has the hot water tank in it).
Are your feet that smelly 😂😱 I haven’t washed mine yet 😷 in over 6 months. Good advice to change the newspaper.
I do have sweaty feet, but the problem is more that the shoes get very wet and muddy. They're not in the slightest waterproof. They have washing instructions printed inside them.
I will have to wash mine more 😂😜 I didn’t know you could wash them.
It depends. Mine definitely can be. I put them in a zipped wash bag with the rest of my kit.
If you do, either a wash bag or secure the laces, not much detergent, a gentle cycle and no hotter than 30°C. Not all shoes will be suitable.
Never tumble dryer or any direct heat.
Great run, so glad you decided to go for it and enjoyed it!
That’s a very positive write up
Great run well done, yes it was mild this morning, I was definitely overdressed!
What a lovely day you’ve had, one to be savoured.
Good stuff 🙂Not nearly as bad as you feared, and a great run time 👍
Congratulations on your 10k in the rain! Sounds like a lovely way to spend a wet miserable day!
What a lovely description! Thankyou 🏃♀️
Fantastic MoliJ now I’ve read your great post even I’m wondering if I could learn to love running in the rain, sounds wonderful albeit expensive 😉🤗🎃
Great to hear you had a good one and hitting 10k with ease by the sound of it. Slippy leaves give me a few worries but you go girl.
Oh no! You have gone over to the rainy side! Thought I might have retained at least one fellow dry type! Glad you enjoyed it though. I’m struggling with running from home in our Wales lockdown because the only way is up from here, and pretty steep up too. Looks like it will be dry this afternoon so I’m planning a run/walk up and a run down. At least when you are coming down it feels like flying! And if it keeps raining like this I will have to have another go at running in the rain!
I don’t think I have completely gone over to the rainy side 😂. I am very very lucky because I live about 500 metres from an excellent cycle track and opposite another. They have some uphill sections but they are not too steep. We can drive to exercise I believe in the current Welsh Lockdown. Is there not a track a short distance away that you can go to run? Wind is awful here this morning 66 at the moment, the rain is not as bad as was promised. I think it would be dangerous to run under the trees incase if flying branches. Enjoy your run today. If you do run in the rain I wish you luck 💪💪💪💪💪
We don’t have any tracks close by so you are lucky with yours! Looks from the wales gov website as if we are meant to start and finish our exercise from home. Normally I do most of my circuits from our nearest village having driven down off our hill and combine that with going for a paper or doing some local shopping. It’s only a couple of miles away but it’s varied, up and down running territory as opposed to super steep! Never mind, halfway through the Wales lockdown now. And I loved the pictures of your rainy run!
Thanks, just think of the muscles you will get 😜. I am hoping we don’t get combined with the English lockdown at the end and that it is actually 6 weeks. What worrying times we live in. 😢
Oh gosh. I hadn't even thought of that possibility! I think I'm doing rather a lot of monty pythonesque always look on the bright side... 😊 Really hope that doesn't happen but, hey, no doubt we'll make it work if it does!
I go from moments of hope to moments of despair. I haven’t seen my Grandchildren much this year which breaks my heart. My youngest daughter is supposed to be moving within England in the next few weeks. Running and cycling helps enormously with my mood. I am so grateful that I am able to run. Singing to myself at the moment “always look on the bright side of life”🎶🎵🎶🎵 🤗🤗🤗
Yes, we are the same with grandchildren. We have four adult children, only one of them local, and ten grandchildren. Our older daughter lives in south wales with her family and, while we talk several times a week on facetime, we have only spent two half days with them in six months. Running helps a lot as does any outside time for me. Looks like the rain is clearing up here so I might get my dry run this afternoon!
Wow 10 grandchildren, how brilliant. We have three. Our three adult children all live in England the youngest 4.5 hours away. I spend a lot of time outside too. We have quite a big veg plot that needs looking after. Have a fabulous run this afternoon 🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️
I'm glad you enjoyed your run MoliJ. And with lots of wildlife and a faster time it was quite an achievement too.
My trail shoes have been on the radiator for 2 days and were still damp when I put them on this morning but at least they were warm. 😊
How wonderful. A convert to a rainy run - me too. Sounds idyllic quiet and peaceful with just the rain and the wildlife - perfect!
Lovely photos Moli - you look really happy. Rain isn't so bad really, is it? I prefer dry weather but a run in the rain makes me feel so smug and virtuous 😇😇.
Well done on your second 10k as well!!
Thanks Fiona, how are you? You haven’t posted for a while. Have you had a nice week off work?
Didn't do much and was feeling a bit grotty for most of the week - but it was still good to get a break. Managed a 9k one of the days but have hardly run the last couple of weeks. I've got various niggles going on so I really must do some of those exercises and get vack to it. I wanted to consolidate the 10k then start to increase slightly.
I am sorry you have not been feeling your best. I had loads of niggles when I started back after injury. My daughter tells me repeatedly that I am to expect niggles at my age 😂. I am still Jeffing and I am convinced that has really aided my recovery. I am not going to increase my distance for a while. I am quite happy with what I am doing. Sometimes it’s good to not do much. After the rest you usually feel more determined to get out there. Take care. 🤗
Great story 🎉🎉🎉 Worth getting up for !
Thanks Alan 😀
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