Know what’s happening this weekend? Ragnar DC and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.
Know what else is happening. Rain. Lots of rain. Because Hurricane Joaquin.
I don’t mind running in rain. I don’t even mind torrential downpours. But here’s the thing: I’m volunteering. Yep, 6 hours for Ragnar and 6-8 hours for WW. I’m pretty sure I will have gills by the end, assuming of course the winds don’t blow me away. At least I know how to dress for a rainy volunteer stint. Number 1 rule: If you think you need another layer, you need another layer. Volunteers don’t warm up like runners!
On the sunny side of things, one of my favorite runner friends is coming in for the race. It feels like forever since I last saw Kim, but really it was just in May. Poor girl – Virginia likes to throw weather extremes at her. Pretty soon she’ll refuse to visit me.
In other news, I used the “rescue inhaler” before my run on Wednesday night. Wow! Running with oxygen is kind of an awesome thing! I mean, running 3 half marathons with bronchitis at altitude was pretty badass, but actually being able to catch a full breath while running was a huge improvement. I actually ran 3 miles at a 9:30 pace and didn’t feel like I was going to cough up a lung. I may also have been a bit jittery and hyper, but a good beer from Mad Fox at the end of the run balanced things out.
Speaking of running, I ran 127 miles in September, which was far short of the ~200 I was aiming for. 80 of those miles happened in one week. I swear one of these days I’ll run my *A* race and then NOT immediately fall off the running wagon. I mean, recovery is good, but I seem to take it to the extreme.
This weekend could be interesting. Shoo already had one soccer practice in the pouring rain and it looks like tomorrow might be more of the same. Saturday may be canceled because it’s not on turf. Beer Geek will be prepping the house/yard for the hurricane so as not to have flying lawn chairs. Jones, on the other hand, will be volunteering with me for Ragnar. Yeah, I believe in throwing my kid in the deep end…
I’m linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for this random bit of Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
How’s your weekend looking? Is this weather affecting your running plans? (I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that I actually have hurricane as a category for my blog posts LOL)