Friday, December 02, 2005

Dark, Cold and Wet

The cold snap seems to have ended, the forecast for today is a balmy 7C/45F, but it’s still quite cold at 6 o’clock in the morning. Unfortunately, the clear sky has gone too and has been replaced by a blanket cover of clouds bringing heavy rain.
I got up just before 6 this morning (managing the intellectual feat of setting the alarm for the correct time for once) and, after one look out of the door, decided to ditch the long sleeves and wear a t-shirt with a rain cover on top, plus shorts rather than long tracksuit bottoms. For once I got that right, I was neither too hot nor too cold, just too wet.
I managed the 10 miles that I didn’t do 2 days ago. After 3 miles the legs were very heavy, as always after an hour of draining soccer the night before, but they felt better as the run wore on. I was a bit anxious about my headlamp because the light seemed to get dimmer and dimmer, but I think it was just the fact that the rain got heavier, because towards the end, when the rain eased a little, the lamp seemed to become brighter again.
I finally realised why there are no running clubs here in the vicinity of Killorglin, and why I always have to run on my own. I’m clearly the only idiot around who is stupid enough to do 10 miles in conditions like this at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Fair enough.

2 Dec: 10 miles, 1:23, 8:18 pace


  1. I seem to be a minority in my area too, the most runners stick to weekend daylight runs - at least those that work all day.

  2. Don't feel bad - I have trouble with my alarm clock too - they are so fussy.

  3. Well -- I wouldn't say you were the only idiot ... there are a few more of us scattered around. Although I'd always prefer it to be drier and a little less cool at 6 a.m., so I feel like at least part of my brain is still functioning.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Don't you feel better when you've run in adverse conditions like rain? I feel so full of myself when that happens:)

  5. Well, bad weather/10 miles/06.00 a.m. are a terrible mix for a work-out! But you did it. However I like to run under the rain (if it is not too much!!!)