Last night was week three of the 5k running clinic I am leading at Running Room. We have all started to recognize a pattern on Tuesday nights; it rains… a lot! Last night was no exception but it didn’t dampen any spirits. Check out the smiles at the end of the run:
This picture doesn’t really do justice to the actual rain we were running through. Last night was one of those small-creeks-running-down-roads, little-water-fountains-coming-out-of-the- mesh-on-your-shoes, waterfalls-running-off-your-hat-peak type of run. And this group did it with smiles on their faces. So to my 5k group – no matter what you pace is, or how long you can go before your walk break, you are now officially RUNNERS in my book. Wear the moniker proudly!!!
As for me, yesterday was an eclectic day of running, perfect considering I want to change up my training a bit while still maintaining the fun factor. Over the course of the day I ran about 17 km but it was done in four different runs. Since my car had to be dropped off for a couple of hours of servicing in the middle of a car dealership no man’s land the logical thing to do seemed to be go for a run. I planned a 4k route to the nearest Tim Horton’s so I could have lunch. Of course, it being lunch time meant running in the midday heat and humidity (not a cloud in the sky at this point) on a route with little to no shade. I surprised myself with the first leg of the trip as I ran faster than I anticipated in the heat. Mostly that was just because I was desperate to get out of said heat. The route back was less pleasant. Apparently running with a stomach full of bagel, kettle chips and frozen lemonade just isn’t a good idea. I’m not even going to pretend that I enjoyed that run. By the time I made it back to the dealership I was a sweaty mess and I am sure they were happy to just hand me my keys and get me out of their office.
The evening of course was the 5k group run. Once I was done that I figured I was wet anyways so I might as well take advantage of the cool evening and go for another run. My goal was to make it a fartlek, which it was to a point. I discovered though that trying to do speed work in squishy wet shoes is not as easy as you would think. In the end it was just a fun 6k run and a nice way to complete a running day.