Thursday, January 21, 2010

Big Girl Panties

All day long I debated to do my long run today or not because of the rain.  I reasoned I could do it on Monday but I knew that I would be thinking about it all weekend long and then that would throw off my next weeks mileage and runs too.  The rain would let up a little but the forecast showed it was going to continue.  Around 2pm there were road closures, flash flood warnings and even tornado warnings.  What to do?

I want to thank everyone who commented from my post yesterday. I got great feedback regarding my shoes and  running in the rain.  Tina  said "Running in the rain is good practice in case it rains on race day"  and Kathy said " I have done a 20-miler after working all day; it's not fun, but when that is your only option you just put on your big girl panties and go for it.  As for the rain, it is a staple here in Oregon; I learned a long time ago that you can't let the rain keep you from doing anything - otherwise you would never do anything. You have to have the right gear though, it makes all the difference in the world. "  I loved the "big girl panties" and interpreted it as quit your whining and get out there and do it.  That was exactly what I needed to hear.  So I pulled on my big girl panties and headed out the door at 3:45 for my 20 miler.

Stepping outside the door I was hit by the wind.  Did I really want to do this?  At this point I was dressed like a Cyndi Lauper reject and there was no turning back.  

I started off too fast in an effort to get away from the office before anyone saw me dressed so tackily.  In my defense I had to dress this tacky.  I had to wear my SKINS, needed to wear the running skirt for the pocket to put my phone in and the neon night vest to be seen in traffic and the cap (that I had to hunt for in the office because I forgot one).  Later, I topped out the outfit with a headlamp too.

There was a lot of traffic running up 44th street and I had to wait at a number of lights and watch for people trying to make turns.  4 miles into the run I turned onto the canal.  I had the entire canal to myself.  There were no other crazy people out there.  I did end up setting 4 walkers and 3 kids on bikes.  A far cry from the busy runner/biker highway it often is.  

The rain wasn't too bad.  You can see in my splits where I slowed when running into the wind or through the mud.  The rain puddles were the best as I splashed through them.  Running through the puddles and mud I have solved the issue of when to retire my shoes.  They are now retired! The wind did have me wigged out some when I heard the wires above hitting together.  During a big wind storm a couple years ago one of my friends had a transformer come down into his backyard so I didn't want to run along the power lines and crossed over to the other side of the canal.  At mile 17 the lightening started and that helped me run faster (or so I splits were progressively getting slower.  Shortly after that I saw John.  He was running to meet up to me to run with me the final couple miles.

I am so very happy that I did the run and didn't talk myself out of it.  The weather was never that awful, it went well and my overall pace was pretty good.  I know that if it does rain on race day I can do it.  I don't have to be afraid of the weather.

8:59 (turned onto canal)
8:46(talked to John.  He asked if he should come pick me up. No way!)
8:40 (John showed up and I started running quicker)
9:20 (heading to corner store to get gatorade)
8:40 (.47 mile)


Natalia said...

Congratulations! What a great post, and I love the title! Running with flashes of lightening? Good on you for sticking it out, I will come back to read this post next time I feel like wimping out of a run.


Yay for getting out there! It's always hard to get out in the rain, but once you do it's always worth it.

And there is nothing wrong with looking like a Cyndi Lauper reject!

Teamarcia said...

Nicely done! I call runs like those 'character builders'!

Johann said...

Well done! I see running in the rain as conditioning. So you've done some great conditioning while getting in that long run. Great stuff!

RunKathyRun said...

WAY TO GO! Congrats on getting the run in the books and braving the elements. You are a rock star.

Carol said...

I have a hunch that you are going to do very well on your marathon and will qualify without a problem. You have your head in a very good place and you know, that is the hardest part. BTW, have you ever considered getting a spibelt to carry your phone? There are imitations out there but the real spibelt is the best (better quality & lighter). I bought one and have had it awhile. It is PERFECT for carrying a phone, also holds your bib, and best of all, you can't even feel it. They're available at most expos and online. Congrats on the long run - you're a rock star!!!

Lisa said...

Those are some nice looking splits girl. Glad you didn't talk yourself out of running. I've always found that the runs I really don't want to do turn out to be some of my best runs after all. You don't look like Cyndi Lauper, you look HARDCORE!!!

Running Through Life said...

Glad to hear you put on your big girl panties and got out there!

I often need motivation to get going and once I am out there I am always glad I did.

Libby said...

Wow, way to get out there and do the 20 miler! Your splits look great too congrats!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Look at all of those fast miles you ran! Yeah, you started out fast, but it didn't tire you out too much because you were able to run fast miles later, too! Just don't start out too fast at the marathon like I did. : )

Anonymous said...

lol - you crack me up. And you look so lovely. Now I know where that comment came from when I was whining. Great run. I like the way you gutted it out. I have no excuses anymore