Sunday, April 23, 2006

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Today was the Adidas Run For The Parks 4 Miler in Central Park. I also needed to work in my last long run in anticipation of the Queens Half Marathon. What to do…?

Well, combine them of course!

I figured that since the race didn’t start until 10:00AM that I would be able to get about 8 miles in prior without having to get up at some utterly ungodly hour. Harry, our alarm clock, er, I mean our Yorkshire Terrier was good enough to wake me up with time to spare. Thanks buddy.

Unfortunately for both Harry and me it was pouring rain this morning but I am happy to say that a little precipitation wasn’t going to deter us. Oh no. I have a personal record to set in Queens and Harry needed to ah, sniff, the neighbors’ fence.

After fortifying with a little breakfast, consisting of toast, I was off into the rain again. This time bound for Central Park, by way of the Queensborough Bridge. And oh the rain kept coming. First a drizzle, then a downpour, then a drizzle again, but never once did it stop.

As I got into Central Park and began to do a couple laps of the lower loop, I noticed that it seemed to be raining harder on the West side then the East. I’m rather certain that’s impossible since Central Park is probably less than a half mile from east to west but it did seem that way.

10:00AM approached and it was time to line up for the race. I cut through the park near the Mall to the start at Bethesda Terrace - 8 miles exactly. Nice.

8 miles into a 12 mile run I had no intention of running all out, so after getting around the masses I settled into a comfortable, if quicker than I anticipated, pace of 7:21. My last mile was sub-7 minute (I just can’t resist picking up the pace at the end of a race!).

And the rain kept coming… At this point, I was soaked. My lightweight technical gear and expensive shoes probably added a good 10 pounds. So after chatting briefly with some teammates I headed to the Subway. I left a huge puddle on the floor of the subway car. The upside? Nobody wanted to sit next to me…

After a hot shower, lunch and a nap, Harry and I went outside again…In a mild twist of irony the rain had left and in its place was a beautiful day.

I suppose I could have looked at the weather report and waited out the rain. I could have enjoyed the morning, warm and dry.

My run in the rain was harder mentally and physically and thus more rewarding. Hopefully it’ll pay off in Queens.


DebbieJRT said...

You're a better runner than me. I bailed on the race today. Prepaid and everything and I just couldn't talk myself into making the trek into Manhattan. Ah well, at least I'm not planning a big race - they'll be plenty more runs this spring!

ShoreTurtle said...

That's commendable to run 8 miles before a race to get in a full workout. That you did it yesterday in the pouring rain is nuts! Good for you.

Lisa said...

Glad I found your blog, I was kinda wondering who might've written about that Sunday race. BRRR! I know what you went through, because I was there. Similarly left puddles on the subway going home! Teeth chattering! Shoes turned to boats! But I'm glad I forced myself to get out there, because it turned out I got an age-group award. Maybe due to the lighter than usual turnout. The speedy women in my age group stayed home. (By the way, you're a darn good runner!With all those miles before the race, you ran faster than I think I ever have for a 4-miler.) Good going! Now, stay dry...

Just12Finish said...

Thanks for the tip on the Queensborough bridge. I may have to try that one day.

Did Harry do the entire run with you? That's quite a feat!