Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Saturday is Almost Here!

All of a sudden, the Disney Half Marathon is almost here. If you want to track me here's click here to sign up. **If you need my last name it's a part of my email address on my profile page** Let me know if you're tracking me. I would love the support!

I've been checking the weather and I have some concerns about the potential rain. The forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms on Friday and a 30% chance of rain on Saturday with "few showers".

It got me thinking that I may need a "RAIN PLAN" And if I don't, those running on Sunday including Marathon Chris, Leana and Cheryl.

I found the following information on here

Wear a Hat
A hat with a brim can be your best friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face.

I'm going to bring a hat. I will still wear my pink camouflage bandanna and hope I won't need the hat, but at least I will have it there if I need it.

Dress in Layers
If it's cold and rainy, you may need to wear a couple of layers. The most important layer is the one closest to your body. Make sure it's a technical fabric such as polypropylene or CoolMax, which wick water and sweat away from your skin. Your outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest for an outer layer. Don't wear a waterproof rain slicker because it will trap moisture and heat.

The forecast is a low of 62 degrees and a high of 77 degrees. Not exactly cold. I am going to scour the stores for a light weight water resistant vest or something. If you know where I can find one, please let me know.

Don't Overdress
This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you're running with an umbrella over your head, you will definitely get wet. If you have tons of layers on, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.

I'm going to get wet if it's raining. I won't overdress. That's not my thing.

Use a Garbage Bag
If you have to wait outside before the start of a race, a big trash bag with armholes cut out can help you stay dry before you. You can take it off and throw it to the side once you get moving.

I am going to bring a few contractor bags with me. One to sit on and one to "wear", should I need it.

I ran four miles today and felt really good. I could have gone father, but I am trying to take it easy this week so I can recover and be ready for Saturday. The plan for the remainder of the week is to take it easy and still get some runs in tomorrow and Thursday.


At 11:09 PM, Blogger Runner Leana said...

Maddy, I can't believe it is this weekend! Best of luck to you. I hope I see you at the start as well. I believe that I'm in wave about you? Thanks for the rainy day tips! Fingers crossed for now rain though...

At 11:20 PM, Blogger akshaye said...

Good luck for the race! Look forward to your reports.

Btw.. it needs your last name and first name in the tracking form.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Bev said...

Good luck Maddy. I'll be tracking you and wishing you no rain and lots of fun.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger TNTcoach Ken said...

Good luck and how can anything pink be camouflage?

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I am tracking ya, babe!!!! Wouldn't miss it. You are going to tear up that course!!!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Good luck Maddy!! Rain often causes extra chafing so I like to put on extra BodyGlide when the forecast is calling for rain.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger P.O.M. said...

These races are coming up way too quick. Where is teh time going? At least you are prepared. I, on the other hand, am not.

Good luck!!

At 10:05 PM, Blogger David said...

Good luck there Mads.

If it rains, you'll run faster. Guaranteed.
And forget the layers. In those temps you only want the tech top. The rain will be fine. You'll like it.
A hat with a brim would be nice but make sure it can breathe too.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger CewTwo said...

You know that this fat and lazy runner will track you. My problem with the registration was the first name. Only ever referred to you as "Maddy."

You have the skills and I don't think you need the luck, so run long and taper!


At 7:41 PM, Blogger CewTwo said...

Maddy! I just listened to AnotherRunner! You made the 1,000! Congratulations!

At 8:03 AM, Blogger IrishBlue said...

Good luck Maddy girl!!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger MarathonChris said...

Great rainy day tips!!! I'll be tracking you tomorrow :-)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger CewTwo said...

2:16!! Great time today! What a runner! I am so proud of you!

At 9:04 AM, Blogger peter said...

A 2:16 is really a great time. That's hard to do two Half-Marys in two weeks. Congrats on knocking them both out of the ballpark. two long races already in this short new year. What's next?


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