It has been rainy and cold here the last few days, making for some miserable runs yesterday and today. And, both days, I could have run in drizzling rain or no rain had I not procrastinated. When I was finally ready to run, the rain was pouring down.
Yesterday, I ended up putting the run off until about 5:30 pm. It was still raining but not quite as bad as it had been earlier. I left the house thinking I'll run seven if it gets really bad and if my back starts bothering me. Surprisingly, I ended up having a fantastic run with relatively little back pain because I was using my core to keep the right side of my lower back stable. I got to the point where I would have to turn around to complete seven and decided to keep going. I finished the 10 mile tempo run with an average pace of 8:55 per mile!!! Finally!
Now today was a different story. Once again it was pouring when I opened the door to leave the house. This time, I gave myself 15 minutes (mostly because I had a small window of time to get the run in or it wasn't going to happen today). It kept on raining so I hit the road. It was miserable. My back bothered me a bit, my hands and legs were cold, my shoes were squishing with each step and the back of my right ankle felt like something was pushing into it. I got to 6. 4 miles of what was supposed to be 7 miles and had enough. I didn't even look at my average pace because I ended up doing a lot of walking trying to clear up the ankle issue.
Now it is 10:45 pm on a Friday night. I'm ready for bed and feel like the cold that I have been trying to put off with Airborne all week is going to take over. Probably the cold, wet runs. Time for more Airborne...