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As I write this, towards the end of week 3 of marathon training, the rain is pouring down and I know that in 4 hours I will have to run 9 miles in this downpour. Also, it’s cold. Wah!
However, it occurs to me that if it were bright sunshine and roasting hot outside, I’d be saying it was too hot to run.
And if it were REALLY cold, it would be too icy/snowy to run.
And if there was a storm coming in… well it would be a horrible wind I’d be running into.
There are very rarely perfect conditions for running. I was extremely fortunate to wake up on the morning of my target race last year, the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Half Mara, to blue skies, nicely cool temp and not a breath of wind. THIS DOES NOT OFTEN HAPPEN!
So, given our lack of control over the Earth’s weather systems it’s probably easier if we just accept the weather and embrace it.
Hot and sunny? Great, I’ll just put some sunscreen on and carry extra water. Windy? Brilliant, Mother Nature’s very own resistance session. Raining? Excellent! Perfect chance to up the tempo and try pushing myself a bit without the worry of overheating or getting dehydrated.
We spend so much of our lives as modern day humans putting a barrier between ourselves and nature. You go from your nice comfy, centrally heated house, into your air-conditioned car, to your heated workplace and back again. Even going out for a walk it’s “waterproofs and boots on!”
There’s something very liberating and refreshing about stepping outside in shorts and t-shirt (ok or leggings and long sleeved top) and just getting soaked. Even more fun when it’s off road and muddy.
Running into a gale, in torrential rain dressed only in shorts and t-shirt is when I feel most alive.