Wednesday, July 8, 2009
What Is Not Fun About Running Bradbury In The Rain?
Well it was track night and honestly I could not force myself to run around the track in the heavy rain. Somethings just suck in this kind of weather and a track workout is one of them.
As I watched the rain barrel out of the sky, I was hit with the vision of the Bradbury Scuffle last summer. The weather sucked....the race was excellent! It got me thinking about the Scuffle this weekend. I suspect it will probably rain. I base that on the Law of Averages....let me see 22 days of rain in the last 25 days....yeah it might rain Sunday.
Now I hate to miss a chance on some well needed sprint workouts, especially with the B to B coming up in a few weeks, but Bradbury East in the rain and mud at a somewhat race pace is a great substitute.
In the beginning I was looking for a core workout and used the dodging of puddles, mud and branches for the legs and core. It is a great way to work in plyometrics and my legs can attest to that this morning.
After a couple miles my focus changed to speed more than core, plus the fact that my feet were completely soaked anyway, I paid very little attention to the puddles and stomped right through them. There is something from my childhood that surfaces when pounding through puddles and mud......kind of a tranquil feeling.
It's funny, once you accept and embrace the rain, it no longer proves to be a hinderance and actually helps me as I run cooler. The one thing it doesn't do in the muddy woods is cleanse......boy was I muddy!
After the 4 plus mile run, I walk/jogged up Bradbury mountain and gained a vision of mostly fog at the summit. I then ran a cooldown for about a mile back to the parking lot. I guess it wasn't really a cooldown as I ran pretty fast and utilized a decent kick at the end. How could I not with the force of gravity pulling me down the hill.
After this run, I am looking forward to the Scuffle race this weekend. I just hope I don't end up with schedule problems. It seems to be a struggle this year, I have had many unforseen and quick changes with my time management.
4.5 miles trail @ 44:54 (9.28 pace)
8:12 (decent kick)
.4 mile hill climbing (walk/jog)
1 mile cooldown/really too fast for a cooldown run (10:01 pace)