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Why we run in wet, dark and cold

mrrun
mrrunGraduate

Water is good for your skin, darkness makes you invisible and cold preserves you, are some of the reasons why people go out no matter what. And run, no matter what!

I warned some guys back in August when they complained about summer heat and told them that what’s following was winter cold, and look at it now.

Let’s just break this down. You may think that running out there while everyone is hiding in warm places is bad for you. It’s not. Your body will appreciate it, just leave your brain out, don’t listen to its negative messages, pleas and excuses. You boost your cardio, burn calories, stretch muscles, go places...get wet...

You think it’s difficult. Again, don’t think, this is not about thinking it’s about feeling great during running (very often) and afterwards (always). Don’t analyse, don’t compare, don’t delay, go and do it.

You think (there we go again) that there are not many good results coming out of winter running. Ok, trust me on this one too. Do this 3-4 times per week, get stronger, run longer and then after a year or two tell me there aren’t any good results.

I can hear the stubborn one over there who claims there’s not enough time in the week to squeeze all those runs in, especially in this darkness. Make time! Find it. I do it when travelling, working, when other people are sleeping, I set time and work around it.

Injury? Fix it and come back. Sulking is illegal here.

In other words, simply ask yourself what’s better. Feeling good, physically and mentally, being positive and proud or simply dropping back on the sofa, walking in circles and feeling sorry for yourself?

Everyone can do this, we are designed to do it, so put the shoes on and burn that rubber!

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Apparently running in the winter makes faster runners too... not that we’re overly concerned with pace.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

It’s easier to inhale cool air then gasp for oxygen in 30 plus temperatures. Cold can also make you speed up a bit especially if you’re feeling, well, cold. However, most of it is down to what you want to do and how you want to enjoy yourself. Mine this evening was just a slow 5K and l got soaked to the bones but there was something calming in that rain and lights in the puddles were beautiful. Fair enough, my meditation was broken at times when a car splashed me all over but, hey, it’s a small price to pay.

jayval70
jayval70
in reply to mrrun

I quite like running in the rain and don’t mind getting wet but I don’t like squelchy feet and always seem to go straight into the first puddle. I am sure my trainers have water magnets in them!

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to jayval70

Try deliberately aiming at puddles, that way you’ll avoid them all.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to mrrun

Bloody drivers 😂

Sounds perfect. I do love the rain

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

From their perspective my high viz frame was a must get target.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to mrrun

Yep... I have to say that would be hard to resist from behind the wheel. Once I saw a girl running towards me, then saw the puddle, car in lane next to me, so I braked hard and somehow that just seemed to add to the wave I made. I was gonna get out and offer to help her out of her wet clothes, but I thought better of it.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Wise move.

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate

Nothing worse than running in the heat! Give me rain and snow any day!

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Tasha99

Never, ever run in high humidity/heat during daytime sunshine. I mean, try and see what happens. That’s pre dawn and after dusk business only. Cold? Anytime. At least you’re guaranteed to get warm at some stage so what’s not to like?

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate
in reply to mrrun

My worst run ever was the local 10k in 28 degrees. Horrific.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Tasha99

At the next Olympics they are looking at starting the marathon really early in the day. You don’t mess with high Celsius and low oxygen. Even those guys. 28 in the sun overheats your body in no time.

jayval70
jayval70
in reply to mrrun

I saw an interview with Haile Gebrselassie once explaining why he had dropped out of the marathon due to the heat. He said he wouldn’t put his body through it and it would take him weeks to recover. So a mere mortal like me would have no chance.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to jayval70

Well, he would at least recover. I would be carried in a body bag.

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate

I loved running in the summer, I hate being cold and thought I would hate going out in the rain and wind .... but I'm actually enjoying it.

I can't help but laugh when I turn a corner and the wind stops me in my tracks. I grin like an idiot when the rain is streaming down my face and my feet are squelching. What must I look like? Doesn't matter, no-one else is around to see me.

My name is Tartancat, and I am an addict.

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate
in reply to Tartancat

I’ve always hated winter until I started running! Now I appreciate it!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate
in reply to Tasha99

Same here - it has its own unique charms!

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate
in reply to Tartancat

Maybe as I started c25k during the beast from the east last year 😂

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Tartancat

You’ve got all the right vibes there and then. It’s gains through fun!

Plus, it’s fun! And training in harsh conditions better preps you for race-day, when weather surprises can sometimes pop up. You’ll be all like “Yeah, I’ve seen worse” and then you’ll smash it.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Decker

And to think that some pity us thinking we are insane, eh? ;)

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate
in reply to mrrun

Insane? Us? Why would anyone think that? Oh sorry, must go, the nurse tells me it's time to put my straitjacket back on

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate

Thank you for this post. I’m doing w5r2 very early tomorrow morning and was about to check the weather, at the moment it’s torrential rain!! I won’t now I’ll just get up and go out regardless. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

Way to go!

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate
in reply to Shelley2310

Do it! I love rainy running!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

Hoorah, another convert!!

Yeah I enjoy running when it’s lightly raining or cold/frosty, cools me down. Started on week 7 tonight & managed it 🏃‍♀️👍🏻

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Gillian1970

Don’t forget to time it right and go straight into warm shower. If you get drenched in near freezing temperatures and stop running you could cool down more than you bargained for. I aim to run either straight into my home or in the car where l will have a dry jacket or a blanket. The moment you stop running your body temperature will be dropping fast. You want to be on top of that. ;)

Gillian1970
Gillian1970
in reply to mrrun

I’ve always managed my pace & breathing good. I have a warm bath after my runs 🏃‍♀️

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Great post my friend... and so, so true...thanks you... :) x

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Oldfloss

You’re more than welcome, dear Oldfloss. The post was composed while running this evening. The mix of rain, lights, wind and cars splashing me, all added to a very comfy run! One of those where things work out.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to mrrun

x

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsAmbassador

Running on dark, cold winter mornings makes me feel like a super hero on an important life-saving mission. The rain is a special effect. 😁

mrrun
mrrunGraduate

For many it’s unusual, against perceived ideas of comfort and common logic which prompts you to stay indoors and warm. I was galloping near your parish, around hilly parts of Crystal Palace!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsAmbassador
in reply to mrrun

I’ve yet to run in hilly Crystal Palace, but it’s on my list of places to explore now I’m getting bolder! That and every Royal Park in London. Come rain or shine. 😁👍

Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate

I ran a five k in the dark wet cold tonight.

I emigrated Northern Europe to be warm, dry and able to see.

Another fine mess I've gotten myself in 😂😂😂😂

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Irish-John

That reminds me of guy l knew, a construction worker who wanted fair weather so he emigrated to Australia.

He didn’t like assembling scaffolding in Melbourne heat so he moved to Canada. Now he’s having issues with Vancouver winters. Hahaha......oh dear, oh dear....

Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate
in reply to mrrun

Canada - WAY too cold in winter :)

Trobo29
Trobo29Graduate

I have only ever run in the winter. I love the cold dark nights. I don’t fair so well on a slightly warmer daytime run. I’m hoping my fitness will improve before spring and summer arrives so I can cope a bit better.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Trobo29

Nothing wrong with Summer (any weather really) as long as you come prepared. Hang in there and we’ll have similar conversations in a few months time. ;)

CrimsonMama
CrimsonMamaGraduate

I definitely achieve my best pace time when it's colder and wetter! I've always loved the rain. Not so much ice or snow though. Too worried of injury so tend to do fast walk instead.

lollytwist
lollytwistGraduate

Good positive post mrrun! I dread the winter every year for all of the above reasons, I’d normally prefer to hibernate. However since taking up running I have really enjoyed the cold dark mornings. Still not loving the rain, but the feelings of satisfaction and achievement when I return from a run make it all worthwhile 😄🏃‍♀️

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to lollytwist

That’s the whole point. Hibernation, unless you’re are a bear, does nothing good to your body and mind but it’s perfect for self loathing which might work for Woody Allen but we should focus on our own practicalities. Keep it up!

And here was me thinking that I was crazy! I learned from being out all day fly fishing in all weathers. So long as you have the right clothing, and there is so much to choose from now, you can run outdoors in most UK weather conditions. Being a bit crazy helps though🤪 🚣‍♀️🏄‍♂️🏊‍♂️

mrrun
mrrunGraduate

A long time ago l worked with a fisherman who simply set there rain or shine, fish or none and seemed very content. I thought there was some wiring issue in his head but now I’d like to get in touch with him to apologise and beg for forgiveness.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate
in reply to mrrun

To be clear, I am usually standing in backside deep running water, so a bit of wind and rain on top doesn’t really matter. But the guy sitting serenely on the bank? don’t worry mrrun.....he won’t care; he has found peace 😊

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate

❤️ I ran with the dog yesterday rather than just do walkies, and I jogged in all my normal clothes and a long coat for over a mile back to my car from Olympia horse show last night - and I wasn’t out of breath - it was a fantastic feeling! I’m starting to fear the cold wet and dark less now. Good Gym group runs have helped me enormously. Thanks MrRun 🤗

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Equi-geek

It's little things as well, like talking to people while going upstairs fast (l do it on purpose). Seeing them lose their breath is heart warming.

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate
in reply to mrrun

🤣 yes, the stairs hold no fear for me now!

And my mummy always called me in from the rain so it's great to rebel

Bassman999
Bassman999Graduate

Good post. I ran week 6 run 1 in the rain yesterday and loved it!

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Bassman999

The best stuff is still ahead of you!

Jazzyjeff11
Jazzyjeff11Graduate

I logged on feeling sorry for myself and this was the first post I read. It is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you so much 😊

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Jazzyjeff11

No probs, l'm glad you like it. Before l started running l was often anything else but a bundle of laughs. Now l've got this weird perma grin.

Pink-Floyd
Pink-FloydGraduate

Glasses!! This the reason I hate running in rain. Hoods are ineffective when running into rain, and that’s if they stay up. The most effective solution has been a cheap plastic visor but I still often resort to holding glasses and hoping I don’t trip up over something I haven’t seen.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Pink-Floyd

I wear them and that's part of the reason why puddles look so magical. You can't see clearly. Like running clean but high.

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator
in reply to Pink-Floyd

I wear them but stop every so often to clean them, a good excuse for a little rest...

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to ju-ju-

There was no way l could do it yesterday. I faced the wind and it carried the drops, so l just went on admiring those mad light contrasts on the wet ground.

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

I dont often visit this one but saw this pop up in the news tab and i LOVE it... so so true. Lets make 2019 a year for running in the rain and no sulking :)

I've only just started. On week four in my next run. Sometimes I think It's mad that I've started this journey in the cold and rain but then I think its gearing me up for tougher stuff.

What I'm more nervous about then the cold, is running in the heat. I think during summer I may have to start 6am runs or something to avoid the daytime heatwaves!

I like this post. Its encouraging to learn actually that running in the cold IS good for you.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to BirdyRose

Don't worry about heat for now, we'll all cross that bridge when it happens and there will be lots of talk about headgear, hydration, correct stretching and such. You will be in fine shape by then! :)

BirdyRose
BirdyRose
in reply to mrrun

Excellent!! I'll keep an eye out for those discussions in the summer then!

Mrrun you are so inspiring, I’ve been ill and should go to my running club tonight but was thinking of all sorts of excuses not to go, but your post has really made me want to go so thank you for that. You were totally right in everything you said and I feel it was fatethat your post came on today. Happy Christmas to you Mrrun.

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate

Well, I went out whatever the weather and it had stopped raining. It started again after I’d been back about 10 mins. I actually feel cheated 😂😂😂

mrrun
mrrunGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

I’m sure you’ll get a few nice surprises down the line. Between now and, say, late April there will be some right belters. A few weeks back l waited, and waited. Then waited. It was coming down majestically. Then l thought, oh what the.... and went out. :)

Mrun1
Mrun1Graduate

I was going to skip my run today! After having a whole week off running because of being unwell. I was feeling much better health wise but feeling super lazy mentally.

But then I read your post. Got up off the sofa, got my trainers on and off I went for my run. And I'm SO pleased I did :)

Thank you for this much needed push!

JT489
JT489Graduate

Interesting, I’m on week 7 and have yet to run in daylight! Like running in the rain too, it makes me feel free! 🤗

mrrun
mrrunGraduate

The point is, simply run. Day, night, shine or wet. Or hot. No difference at all. You want to do it, you come prepared, the weather will just be the weather and you’ll come along with your own thing. :)

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