This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
A little rain never hurt, especially after a pretty damn hot day yesterday. Actually, I love running in the rain - at least the kind we had this morning. That nice, steady rain, but has a bit of warmth to it.
Time of Day:
9:39 & 10:21 AM
5 mph N
Planned Distance: 3.0
Type of Run: Easy Recovery
Ran with: Bennie
Course: Home 3.0 Miler
6:59 - 6:40
Planned Distance: 0.0
Type of Run: Unplanned
Ran with: myself
Course: Philbrick Laps
6:59 - 6:40
Notes/Observations about the run:
I knew we were going to go slow no matter what this morning. Last night Bennie and Elliott (THE cat) got into it pretty good in the kitchen. When I got up to break up the fight, I pushed off HARD with my left foot and my Achilles immediately told me, I was being stoopid. It hurt like a...well, this mostly R rated, so I will leave the rest to your imagination, but it hurt like hell and I had to ice it down after the combatants retreated to their respective corners.
This morning it was a little more sore than it has been for a couple of weeks and I wasn't sure about how it would do. So I stretched, bottle-rolled it, golf ball message, did squats, squatted, hung upside-down for a while and generally just tested to see how it would hold together if I was to run on it. It did fine and actually felt a little better after all the prodding and stretching.
A run was going to be attempted, after all I couldn't disappoint Wonder Dawg.
I got him all ready and I opened the door.
He stopped for a second and looked at the weather...
We both looked at each other and...rain. Well at least we wouldn't sweat to death like yesterday. The truth be told, we both like running in the rain, especially if it is a fairly warm rain and I consider 66*F and very little wind to be a warm rain.
So we headed down-back for the run.
Now there are a few problems about heading down-back after it has been raining for more than a couple of hours...especially this week. Mud (the LG7's are next to useless in it), the rocks (again my LG7's are not equipped for that kind of running), foggy glasses (seeing becomes a major issue if I don't wear them or if I can't see through them) and finally horseflies (the nasty little bastids swarm on you when you stop (there will be Bennie stops) and pack a helluva whallop when they bite).
Based on what I knew was going to happen, I chose to wear my PI H3's, a little more grip and definitely a lot more sole between me and the rocks than my LunarGlides. Plus I was too lazy to go out to the truck and get my N1 Trails (probably should have in retrospect).
Yep, it was an adventure, first the mud and rocks.
It was just squishy enough that I always felt like I was gonna slide and toeing off was more slip-off than push-off. Plus having the spastic pup doing his thing, we went slower than usual on purpose.
The glasses fogged up as usual so running took on some new adventures and landing on the rocks every so often cause a certain amount of cursing from an old fart. Every time we stopped (yeah all 9 times) I got to do battle with the evil horsefly horde. 13 of the little bastards died an ignominious death and seemingly hundreds of others were beaten off.
I turned around at the 1.0 mile point and decided to get back on the tar and civilization where at least I could run a little more comfortably and not be attacked by quite so many of the little bastards.
We finished drenched and tired.
So what did I do?
Like any self-respecting runner, who wanted to match last week's total, I went out and ran more miles. Yes, I did change into dry socks and put on the LG7's since i knew I was going to stay on top on tar.
The run itself was an inconsistent mess, I was getting tired, my leg was sore, but it wasn't changing the stride and I was losing focus way too often. I had thought about doing 3-4 more miles, but coming back down by the speed limit sign that second lap, I decided enough was enough at 2.0 and and just brought it home.
The runs were not spectacular, but I did them and didn't injure anything, so it was a good day.
Eventually, the rain cleared, the sun came out and I got to do more around the yard (like mowing), instead of relaxing and napping the afternoon away.
Aches and Pains:
Left Leg - a little more sore after breaking up the critter fight last night, enough so that I did ice it after running and again when it cleared and I mowed the lawn, not hurting too much right now.
Hamstrings - same as usual.
Shoes Used:Pearl Izumi H3 v2
Nike LunarGlide 7
They have a lot more tread and cushioning for running down-back in this kind of weather. They felt comfortable and I should probably wear them 1-2 times a week just as a change of pace from the LG7's.
They did fine on wet tar and were comfortable even after they were soaked. Just have to use the right shoe for the right conditions.
I finally, got the PI N1 Trails out of the truck tonight for running down-back, until the mud and rocks calm down a lot more.