Here we are - days away from the largest 10 miler in the country. Naturally, the pre-race jitters start to set in. What should I eat? Have I trained enough? Do I have everything I need for race day?? Of course, there's one more dreaded question that is always asked (and don't act like you didn't check) - What if it rains??
Listen, we totally get it. Nobody wants to slosh through puddles. You can expect that you'll be soaked, and that crowd support will be lower (because let's be real...who is waking up to cheer their loved ones on IN THE RAIN?), but is that really a reason for forfeit the privilege of making the lottery, or all of that training, or the immense amount of accomplishment you'll feel when crossing the finish line??
According to Cory Smith's training plan in BeWellPhilly - even the beginner training plan tackles 10 weeks of running/crosstraining topping out at 200+ miles. That's quite a bit of distance. At the very worst, you've gotta run 10 of them in the rain on Sunday.
You've got this.
It's natural to be worried about weather, because it's uncomfortable to run when it's crappy outside. Understandable. You know what's gonna be way more uncomfortable that a morning sprinkle? Running 10 miles at 8:00am on a Sunday morning for fun. If anything, a little rain is a GIFT when you're sweating your butt off at mile 9.
Runners, we've been seeing the bibs piling up on craigslist. We've seen the worried posts on RUN215 about the weather. We want to assure you that unless you have a health risk where running in the rain could cause significant injury, you'll be just fine.
Suck it up. Grit it out. Run your race. Personal growth isn't supposed to be comfortable. That shit hurts.
See you all on Sunday!
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.