Last week was a rest week. I know. Most people have rest days not whole weeks off, but I find I need them from time to time. It’s not something I generally plan for, and they usually happen because I’ve been over-doing the training and need to take a break. But not this time. This time I was just being a bit lazy, and a bit of a wimp, if I’m honest about it.
You see, the weather is a bit rubbish at the moment. It’s cold and wet and very windy, probably too windy to run on the seafront (for me at least), but I’ve never really been a fair weather runner. OK, so there have been times when I’ve re-scheduled, re-routed or shortened my run due to bad weather, but generally I get it done. So what’s going wrong this time?
I think the problem is that I haven’t really got myself into a proper running routine since I started training again. I’m only running once a week, which was absolutely the right thing to do on my return from injury, but now it feels like I need to take things up a notch and try to get back to two or three runs a week.
So, despite the howling winds that have been waking me up at stupid o’clock over the last few days, I decided to stop making excuses and get myself a run in. I thought about staying away from the seafront and doing parkrun instead, but as I was up and ready by 7:30 it seemed silly to wait around. Besides, it wasn’t raining and who knew what the weather might bring later in the morning.
My Garmin took a while to find a satellite as I made my way down towards Hove Lawns. That and the fact that the closer I got to the seafront, the windier it became, made me wonder if this was really such a good idea after all. But as I was up and out I figured I might as well at least give it a go. No excuses, right?
The plan, as far as plans go at the moment, was to run 4 kilometres or 25-30 minutes, depending on how bad the wind got. I figured that if I ran into the wind on the long stretch out, I could take advantage of it on the way back. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite work as the wind was more southerly than south westerly, so I took a good battering for pretty much the whole run.
Still, once I got going I was determined to go the distance and, even though I had to take a short walk break when the wind became a bit too much, I managed to complete 4K in 25:34. That works out at an average pace of 6:23 minutes per kilometre, which is pretty good for me at the moment.
Tomorrow, I plan to do a longer run to build up my endurance for the Brighton Half-Marathon in February and the full Brighton Marathon in April. I’m a bit behind with this but the way I see it is that it’s better to go out and get soaked and blown around for an hour than to have to endure hours of misery in a race that I haven’t prepared for.
How does the weather affect your training? How bad does it have to get before you skip, adapt or re-schedule your run? Please share your thoughts in the comments.