Maybe, I could have waited, but if I show up to my marathon on October 31st and it was like today... I cannot wait. I will have to run in it... so I decided to do that today.
I broke out my leggings and a long sleeve race shirt (the shirt from Parks Half Marathon that I did not run) and my Brooks green coat from Saturday... which I am going to name Green Machine. Also wore my green visor to keep the rain out of my face.
It was so cold. I thought my hands would fall off (Bob said I needed to get some gloves on Saturday). The kids got on the bus and I took off. The bus was heading in the same direction and it was fun to see the kids on the bus at a couple of intersections. I decided to run to the school to see if I could beat the bus. The school is 2 miles from the house. I ran the same path as the school bus (well, I was on the sidewalk), I waited at every cross walk (like the bus had to wait at every light), and guess what? I BEAT the bus to school.
Mile #2 Split: 8:34
I stood in front of the school and when the kids got off the bus, I said, "what took you so long"! They were so excited and said that they saw me from the window and were cheering me on. I LOVE it.
I had not plan to run to the school, so I had to quickly figure out how I was going to get 3 more miles in. I decided to head into the neighborhood near the school and then back onto the trail along Gude.
Mile #3 Split: 9:17
Mile #4 Split: 9:19
I like to finish my runs with a negative split, so with a huge downhill in sight, I decided to see if I could beat mile #1 time. I got to the bottom of the hill with .7 miles left and was on track. I had to wait a tiny bit at the light, but then took off for my house. I was practically sprinting.
Mile #5 Split: 7:32 - wow... that is fast... faster than I will ever run at the marathon (maybe for the last .2, I will be able to run that fast... just maybe after 26 miles, I will have it in me.)
When I got home, I stripped off my wet clothes and took a LONG HOT shower. I debated about getting back into bed with Dolce, but decided, I should make the most of this day.
What do you do when it is raining? Hit the treadmill? Skip your run? Or just run it like me?