It’s been incredibly rainy lately, in true Spring fashion. This has been excellent for thesis writing – I’ve gotten just over 11,000 words down on paper and have absolutely no desire to distract myself by prancing around outside in the frigid May showers.
The sudden turn in the weather has been less conducive to running. Tuesday’s track workout turned into a bit of a battle for survival. Fish & I had a tougher workout planned (2×800 @ 5k pace – 10 seconds/mile [200m jog recovery], 2×600 at the same[same recovery], 2×300 at mile race pace [100 m recovery]) + about 800m worth of strides sprinkled throughout) and we were both keeping an eye on the sky since there had been thunderstorms predicted. However, it was about 60 degrees and looked pretty decent when we started.
By the time we got to the 2nd 600 the temperature had plunged into the 40’s and it was raining so hard that we both abandoned our long sleeves since they were more water than shirt at that point. The track was flooded and we spent each lap squinting and dodging each other’s foot-splash.
The battle for survival started when we finally got back to the car & I realized my hands were too frozen to grip the key. Yay for Raynaud’s 😛 I finally figured out a nice (and ridiculous looking) two-handed substitute for the usual single-handed pinch-grip for turning the key and we rejoiced in the fact that we were not going to be forced to suffer the indignity of dying of hypothermia right outside a nice warm car. We survived, got to feel tough, and even managed to hit some of our splits!
Allright, enough reminiscing about the week’s runs – I have a thesis to write! And lots of hot coffee to drink…just thinking about that workout makes me shiver!