I’m 5 weeks into my 18-week marathon training plan and today I ran 12 miles. While not a half-marathon in the classic 13.1 mile race sense, I ran 12 miles so I think it’s fair to call myself an almost-half-marathoner! I won’t lie, it was brutal. 80 degree heat. 90% humidity. Total time= 2 hours 9 minutes. But I’m proud of myself for doing this. 12 miles is definitely out of comfort zone. I am amazed at how much my endurance has grown these past few weeks. 26.2 miles still feels like a far-off accomplishment but hopefully I will get there. I’ve also learned some things over these past 5 weeks.
1. I can now call myself a runner: I constantly struggle with defining myself as a runner. Runners run a few times every week. Runners love to race. Runners are constantly trying to become better runners. I am none of the above. I go through months without running. I certainly don’t love to race and I would much rather content myself at becoming a stronger Physiquer or Refiner then a runner. Now I can confidently call myself a runner.
2. I love running long distances: As part of my training I run two shorts runs and one long run a week. Surprisingly, I much prefer the longer runs. After about 6 miles, the runner’s high kicks in and it carries me through the remaining distance. Funny how that works.
3. I am no longer afraid of running in the rain: Last week, I got caught in a thunderstorm during my 11-mile run. I could have run home but I wanted to finish my run so I continued. I loved that run! I was wearing a cap which kept the rain out of my eyes. I was wearing dry-fit apparel so I didn’t feel too uncomfortable as I ran. My only concern was my IPhone. I wrapped it in a sandwich bag and kept it in my pocket. I wouldn’t recommend this because it doesnt work for everyone but it did for me last week.
4. Fueling is important: During my first long run I did not carry any fuel. Big mistake. At 7 miles my head started to hurt, my muscles began to cramp and I felt as if I was going to faint. I learnt my lesson. Now for runs over 6 miles I carry mocha-flavored Clif Shot Gels. They are delicious!
5 weeks down. 13 to go!
On another note, I just transferred my blog from Blogger to wordpress and I seem to have lost lots of IntenseDebate comments. I am hoping to restore them within the week, in case anyone was wondering.
Question: What are your tips for running in the rain?