When the BBC weather forecast has pictures of clouds with little yellow zig-zags coming out of them and the words “thundery showers” you know it’s not going to be the ideal running day. What this kind of forecast means is that one moment everything can be dry and clear, the next, rain comes down so intensively that there might not even be gaps between the drops because it feels like solid water.
Now I know we macho runners are supposed to not be concerned in the least about a bit of rain, protesting that our skins are waterproof and that it can actually be quite enjoyable to run in the rain. While this is true, I have never known of someone who waits until it starts raining before going out!
I’ve done running in the rain to death over the last few weeks so my plan today was to go out in the early morning when the forecast was dry and let nature do its worse for the rest of the day. The result was that I had a great dry run at 5 AM, legs a bit sluggish after yesterday’s jaunt around St Aidan’s but at least another 10K is done.
Later in the week it’s supposed to be getting warmer and warmer so that will present a whole different set of problems.
“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance”
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.