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Weather or Not



Back in the days when I coached cross country one of the first things I addressed, at the start of the first practice, was weather and the cancellation policy. Basically the policy went like this: If the weather is bad enough to cancel a meet, then practice is cancelled. I left the parents an out (we're talking about fourth through eighth graders), but in five years of coaching I never cancelled a practice, and I only remember ending one early once.


The point: I was going to be there for whoever wanted to practice. In secret I always hoped for one bad weather day early in the season, just to see who showed up. Those were gonna be the ones I could count on when needed, the ones who would do whatever they had to to succeed.

This week I got the chance to apply the same reasoning to myself. I'm finally making a comeback after a couple years of injury, indifference, and other life stuff, and so far things have gone well. I'm in week ten of a fifteen week half marathon training cycle and have been hitting mileages and speeds I haven't seen in a while. Then came Wednesday: speed work, which as many of you know is my favorite something I wish I could live without. I also knew the weather forecast called for showers later in the morning, but if I went out now I should be able to get the workout in. Sounded like a good plan.

Someone didn't check the radar.

I ran a ten minute warmup, then launched into the first of the speed segments, 5 minutes at 5k pace. About a minute in I felt the first drops. By three minutes in it was raining pretty heavily, enough so that the rain drops that were getting in my mouth were causing me to cough. I finished the first segment and just about called the workout when I had several thoughts at once:

  1. The nearest possible shelter was about half a mile away, the dugouts at the softball fields in the park where I was running
  2. I'm already soaked

So I finished the workout. I even hit the proper times for the speed segments.

Thursday I had a couple short slow runs on the schedule for recovery, managed to get rained on during both of them.

Today, fourteen miles...in the rain.

Tomorrow is a day off to drive to Georgia for a college visit where my son wants to go to school.

I'd like to get a run in Sunday to take a look at the campus. The forecast says....

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My sons cross country coach only canceled once in 4 years.  6” sloppy wet fall snow storm and he was worried the kids would be twisting their ankles constantly. Nice job getting it done on the rain!  Safe travels to Georgia! 😎

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Good job pushing through. I always get mad at the kids who win (or make varsity) who don't put in the work. It doesn't feel like they 'deserve' it. I assume the lack of work ethic will catch up to them sooner or later. My girls get up and run every day rain or shine! They are so dedicated I have to FORCE them to take breaks in the off-season as the coach suggests. (He doesn't want them to run 'every day' for about a month after xc season and again after track season.)

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As long as there is no lightning and no ice, it's good enough to run. (or flooding, or deep snow) A couple coworkers complimented me just today on my dedication. 

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The forecast says: Looks like a good day to run ;-)

My boyfriend told me I had finished my run just before the rain came. 

I told him rain doesn't matter. 

Speedwork is my favorite too.  

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Had the same thoughts before my ride today.  I am already wet so who cares if it is raining.  Where is your son looking at in GA?

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Getting  out the door when it is rainy is hard for me, but once I am out there, rain doesn't bother me.  Way to get your speed work done!

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