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Rain, Rain Go Away

macukby macukFeb 17th 2014
I must admit I'm not a fair weather sportsman. I suffer in heat and still have nightmares of running through the cauldron that was made up of the high rise buildings in the City during the London Marathon and staggering through the heat haze during last years Welsh Half Marathon in Tenby. I love running when its cold as I tend to over heat and I really enjoyed my marathon training last year when everyday was bitterly cold and sometimes snowy. There's something quite magical when your breath is leaving a trail of fog behind you as you look over white fields that are glistening in the winter sun, my perfect running conditions.
This year has been different. Every run I've done has been in the driving rain and heavy wind, each footfall landing in inches of water and mud. My trainers are constantly wet even though I try and rotate their use and my sports bag has taken on that horrible musty smell of wet kit that I thought I left behind in school. Usually I train early in the morning before work but I'm finding it harder to make the effort of getting out of bed as I listen to the rain lashing hard against the bedroom window. Even when I do bite the bullet and hit the road I find I'm like a middle aged boil in the bag as I start to cook in my running jacket in the very wet, windy but seasonally mild weather.
The last straw came this week when my first event of the year was wisely cancelled as it was a duathlon along the welsh coast and with the high winds and rain it would have been dangerous for competitors and marshals alike. The annoying thing about the weather on the day of the race was it turned into the best day of the year so far with clear skies and warm sunny spells .
So if your like me and your fed up of basket loads of wet muddy kit or wading through ankle deep puddles that always seem to be at the start of your run or you just want to climb on your bike for a ride that's not like being in a wind tunnel then maybe you too could recite a few lines from the kids nursery rhyme to help the training gods get back on track.
Rain, Rain Go Away
 
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