It wasn’t until I took a hot shower a couple of hours after my run this morning that I warmed up. Brrr . . . winter rain, nothing like it. Rainy weather in the transition months of March and November can make for some miserable runs.
So what to wear on days like this? There is a big difference between running more than an hour in this weather. After an hour or so water repellency and even waterproof Gore-Tex begins to break down. The temperature upon leaving home at 7 a.m. was +3C with a 9K southerly wind.
This was my cold rain gear of choice: ball cap, long-sleeve wicking top, Gore-Tex jacket, 3/4 capri tights under single-layer warm-pants, ankle socks and Gore-Tex mittens. This was comfortable enough for the first rainy hour but eventually my mitts were soaked and I had to head back into the south wind and my hands got so cold that I could barely manage to unzip my pocket to find my key.
As I write this my husband reminds me that I rushed into the bedroom this morning, waking him with the news, that “It’s a mess out there!” He says I’m losing my nerve for facing the elements. And, he’s probably right. I think my diminishing resolve is due in part to the absence of a solid spring running goal but I’m working on that. I sent an email to my Saturday run pals warning them that I may only run half of what I had planned. In the end, I ran 10 miles, four miles short of the pre-rain plan.
My reward for 10 miles in the rain was a bowl of Canadian Colada Oatmeal a tribute to my favourite Booster Juice smoothie, The Canadian Colada. I wonder if anyone has ever made oatmeal with coconut milk, pineapple bits and shredded coconut, topped with maple syrup, pecans and cow’s milk? It wasn’t bad but I think I have some work to do on the proportion of ingredients.
As for Booster Juice, three cheers and hip, hip, hooray and a carrot juice toast. Booster Juice has agreed to be one of the People4Kids gala sponsors!