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Advice Needed Please

Evening All,

I'm hoping this is only a minor set back; attempted my Week 3 Run 2 tonight but it was pouring with rain and I slipped and jarred my back. I couldn't continue with the run so had to walk the rest of the circuit. :(

Question: If it feels OK again tomorrow, and I really hope it does, do I repeat run 2 or do I still take it as my usual rest day and repeat it on Friday?

Also what's best to wear in the rain? I was far too hot with a waterproof jacket and my trainers were full up with water, yuk!

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Shorts and a running top. jackets and tights are for winter. You can get trainers that are designed to drain water out quickly.

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OK thanks will have to go shopping at the weekend, fortunately my birthday is approaching :)

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I would probably not run tomorrow, just to give your back time to recover. As for the rain, I don't wear anything different and just choose to get wet. Best to have more than one pair of comfortable trainers as running in wet shoes is not the best idea.

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Agree with this I did the same as you with the jacket this morning and was sweltering. Unless it was absolutely throwing it down I wouldn't bother again. Wet trainers can be a nightmare as they can rub your feet to ribbons. Hope back improves with rest.

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Thanks, I hope it does too.

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Ok I'll have a gentle walk with the puppy tomorrow instead.

Appreciate the advice thanks.

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I ran in crops and a running top this morning.. got soaked... wonderful! Slightly squdgy trainers are quite good fun too! :)

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I would take the extra rest day........there is no rush.

I wear as little as possible when it is raining, but preferably, I don't start a run in the rain. Weather apps are your friends and can generally indicate which days or parts of days are going to be driest.

If you are off road, most trail shoes drain well.

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Ouch! Well definately rest up tomorrow and see how your back is - you may need an extra day or two before your next run - listen to your body and of course it is up to you whether you repeat today's run or move on to the next one but remember there is no rush to get to the end of the programme.🙂 As for what to wear in the rain when it's warm - probably what you would wear when its dry if I'm honest! I have a 'breathable' waterproof jacket but I only tend to keep it on if it is very cool. Or maybe start in it and just tie it round your waist when you get too hot. (I hate getting too hot when I run!). As for feet - same again! I do have waterproof socks (yes, they do exist) which I sometimes use on wet muddy trails in the autumn and winter but normally I am not averse to just ploughing through puddles and drying out on return home (of course I may be odd?!😮). I hose off mud and then stuff my shoes with newspaper to help them dry. Oh, so many joys ahead of you with this running game! Hope your back settles soon - you have my sympathy as I have just recovered from a bad back and sciatica myself. Ice is great to take down inflammation. 🙂

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Thanks I really appreciate that. I've had a bath and now have a cold pack on it, fingers crossed it eases quickly.

I still feel very self conscious out running, being a larger lady I want to keep covered up but guess I'm just going to have to try and get over that.

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If you've got it, flaunt it!!! I do.... not largeness..but the fact that I am Old Snail :)

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note reply below from me - I am no way small or medium. Most people are really not interested in looking at you and I know a lot who do notice think "good on you"!

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Sorry to hear you jarred your back. Sounds like you need a long soak in a warm bubbly bath! Hope it eases up soon.

Many moons ago when I used to run regularly, I used to wear a baseball cap in the rain, as the peak kept the rain out of my eyes, and my long way hair off my face.I

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Oh, yes - a running cap is perfect in the rain!Good tip🙂

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I just ordered a new one :)

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I'd give yourself another full days rest, then repeat the run the following day.

As for clothing, it really is best just to get wet, as the longer you run the warmer you'll get. It's actually quite refreshing to run in the rain.

I have a pair of brooks running shoes, they get very wet in the rain, but my feet are not too bad.

Good luck

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Excellent thanks. I will look out for the Brooks shoes when shopping 👟

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Have your normal rest day but keep active tomorrow, so you don't stiffen up.

I run in a swimsuit with shorts over the top and love it when it rains and hate the heat. I prefer wet skin to wet clothes:)

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OK Consensus is just get wet so I'll go for this next time.

Thank you 😉

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