Chuck surprised me a week ago by ordering a Garmin Forerunner 305. Holy mother-of-all-running gadgets, Batman! This thing does everything but make you coffee in the morning. I still haven't even learned what all it can do. I know it will do laps, splits, intervals, customized workouts based on speed, distance or heart rate. There's really so much. The darn thing will even race you against a previous workout. It's really quite amazing. It also comes with a heartrate monitor.
Wednesday I needed to get out there for my C25K Week 9 day 2 run. It was supposed to rain later in the day so I figured I better get out there. Plus I had my new toy to play with. I'm one of those people who would prefer to just figure it out than read the directions. I usually end up frustrated and in the arms of the directions anyway.
I figured out just enough for it to tell me my time and pace and distance. Beyond that I was clueless.
Got my warm up done and started running. Half a mile into it I started feeling some raindrops. This thing is water resistant right? Sure wouldn't want that bad boy shorting out on my arm.
The sprinkles of rain turned into something a little more substantial within a couple of minutes. Picture raindrops hitting your eyeballs like shards from the sky. Yeah, something along those lines. But I was committed.
Actually, the whole experience had me feeling like a running bad ass. "That's right, folks in the cars driving by. This is your chance to see a real athlete train in the rain. Just look at those raindrops flying off my hair! Look at that big mofo of a gadget strapped to my arm. I'm so elite that I have to track every single step. What's that?? I'm having trouble hearing you over how awesome I am." LOL We must build ourselves up when we are really penguin runners waddling in the rain. :)
While slogging down the street I noticed a man standing in his garage. He says, "Whew! You're one dedicated walker." Darn it!! Can't you see I'm running here!!??! Way to deflate the whole Olympic athlete imagery going on here, mister! Walker. I'll show you walker! Just ticked me off a little bit. Think it's time to pick up the speed a wee bit.
It was a lot of fun to do a run in the rain. The worst part (besides an insulting comment from an obvious non-runner) was the rain/sweat mixture running in to my eye. It only seemed to want to run in one eye which made me close it because of the sting. The result was a cyclops running slowly in the rain effect. Whatever. I did it!
Couch to 5K week 9 day 2 done. 2.98 miles in 40 minutes. LOL Yeah, it was slow. 4.5 mph or 13.25 pace. I had fun and felt terrific afterwards. I don't think I'll ever be a fast runner. That's ok. I just want to be able to earn some tee shirts, maybe a medal or two, and have fun.
One more day of C25K then I graduate. Yeah!!!