Dopey Challenge Training - Week Four
by, 09-29-2013 at 07:46 PM (293 Views)
"There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."
-Emil Zatopek, Olympic distance runner
As I write this Iím sitting in my home office listening to the rain knock on my window. We have had impressive rainfall in the past two days as major storms have been blowing through the area. I was supposed to run a half marathon this morning, Girlfriends to be exact, but with wind gusts to 50 mph and the rain pouring down in sheets, I bowed out and went to the gym instead. Bad I know. Iíve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life and have run in just about every weather condition including snow (which oddly enough I love) but to this day Iím not a fan of running in the rain.
Actually, the only time you can get me outside to run in the rain is if Iíve traveled for a race and it would be absurd to stay indoors at the hotel. 2002 Bay to Breakers 12k Ė was so soaked by the time I finished the Parc 55 Hotel thought I was a street person and locked me out. The inaugural Rock n Roll Providence in 2012 Ėmy bag was several pounds heavier as I couldnít get all the water out of my clothes and shoes before I flew home. 2013 Rock n Roll Nashville Ė rained so hard we were soaked before the race even started. 2013 Cincinnati Flying Pig Ė dodged the rain bullet during the race but was drenched by the time I got back to the hotel. But if Iím sitting at home and itís rainy and windy, nahÖIíll wimp out and bag the outdoor run.
For those of you who are brave enough to face the elements no matter the weather, Iíve found a few tips that might make your run a little less wet and wild.
- Wear a hat with a brim to block the rain from your face (especially important if you are like me and wear glasses).
- Dress in layers with the layer closest to you of the technical variety. Finish with a light and water-resistant jacket. Avoid waterproof jackets as they tend to trap moisture and heat which will make the run uncomfortable.
- If you run with electronics, make sure they are in a waterproof container. I canít tell you how many iPods and phones I saw ruined in Providence by runners who either a) didnít cover the device or b) the cover leaked. I actually own a waterproof wireless Walkman which has been through two of the worst rainstorms Iíve run in and is still working great.
- Make sure if you are out running in the rain that your clothing is reflective so cars can easily see you in the dark lighting conditions. One of the worst scares Iíve had as a driver was coming dangerously close to a runner who was dressed totally in black and running with traffic on a non-lighted stretch of road.
- Even if you donít normally chaff, it may make sense to apply Vaseline or one of the anti-chafe products to those areas where irritation and/or chaffing could occur just in case. And if you know you do chafe (The Penguin John Bingham infamously said his thighs could spontaneously combust from all the rubbing they do), make sure to lube up before you head out the door.
- Water can hide hazards such as potholes which can easily twist an ankle. Take extra care in watching your surroundings including the road.
With the Dopey Challenge just 14 short weeks away, I know Iím going to have to push myself out the door to run in the rain or Iíll end up doing most of the training on the indoor hamster wheel. Who knows what the weather may hold in Walt Disney World this January but I would rather have more distance experience in inclement weather than be a fair-weather runner caught in a storm.
Hereís to continuing the journey to Dopey and to a successful training week!
Training Week Four Ė
Monday September 30th Ė rest / Barre3 (travel day)
Tuesday October 1st Ė 3 miles / Upper-body strength training
Wednesday October 2nd Ė 6 miles (travel day)
Thursday October 3rd Ė 3 miles (travel day)
Friday October 4th Ė rest
Saturday October 5th Ė 8 miles in plan / 13.1 miles actual (Happy Haunted 5k Trail Run and Tower of Terror 10-Miler)
Sunday October 6th Ė X-train (travel day)