I made the fatal mistake this morning of delaying my run in anticipation of more favourable weather conditions. I kept looking outside the window and thinking, ‘Oh, this rain will stop, or ease up etc and then I’ll go for my run’. The earliest opportunity to go was just after I dropped the twins off at the childminders – and it wasn’t even raining at all then! – just cold and cloudy. I was weather procrastinating and deluding myself. Instead of improving, the rain just got heavier and heavier and I became more and more inefficient and frustrated, waiting and faffing and not getting shit done as quickly as I ought because I was allowing my day to be dictated by the weather.
By the time I had to go running or I wouldn’t be able to at all (obviously a totally unthinkable prospect?!?), it was literally bucketing it down. Soaked to the skin within a millisecond of leaving the house, I ran and thought about all this, and smiled to myself remembering the ‘weather excuse’ in my own book!!! It is such a classic, and one we all use and fall foul of, forgetting that it rains in this country most of the year and if we use it as an excuse, we are going to miss a hell of a lot of workouts…
On the plus side, running in the rain does feel amazing afterwards, and during in fact, once you get past the awful first 10 minutes or so. The inner bodily warmth generated contrasts against the outer wet and cold and is a pleasant change from sweaty summer runs. Plus the fact that you are the only person doing it so can feel uber smug! Having the woods to myself, alone with my thoughts accompanied by the gentle pleasing patter of the rain. Gritty yes, but so worth it.
The Grit Doctor says:
Never use the weather as an excuse. The rainy season is upon us once more so best make friends with it.