Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Seattle Plan

As you know, I'll be in the Emerald City this week. And as you know, I have to run a long ways on Sunday. As in 18 miles. As in three miles longer (okay, 2.62 to be precise) than my previous longest run ever.

Am I worried? Kind of, yeah. The distance alone intimidates me, but having to run it in a city I've never been to, in a state I've never been to, well, that kind of compounds the uncertainty. But what most worries me is not the locale but rather the weather.

I've been following the weather for the last week or so and it's been fairly consistent: lows in the low 30s, highs in the upper 40s and rain.

Sunday's forecast calls for rain with a 40 percent of precipitation. In fact, the forecast says showers are possible. Now, I don't know what the rain is like in Seattle, if it's a steady drizzle or steady downpour or what. I'm hoping that it will be off and on, so that at least during part of my run I won't be running in a straight downpour.

Actually, I hope the skies clear up on Sunday morning but I know if I hope that I will only be disappointed if and when I run through the rain. It'll be discouraging.

With rain of course comes the chance of being drenched from head to toe. Not that I don't necessarily mind that but it will change things up for me. For instance, I'm not quite sure what to wear. And I'm not quite sure what not to wear. Should I take my iPod and The Garmin, for instance? People in Seattle run all the time and from what I've been reading of the blogs I've been paying close attention to this week, runners there seem to be able to manage their electric equipment just fine in the cold and rain.

Actually, one blogger suggested the following for me: "for the cold... ear covers, gloves, tights and layers. In the rain you need moisture wicking fabric and a hat."

I don't have ear covers per se but I have a beanie, and I'm going to take it with me. I have gloves and layers, but no tights. Hmmm... I wonder if Yvie will let me wear some of her tights... oh, not those kind of tights. I don't have any moisture-wicking fabric but I do have a hat. Lots of hats. I just need to find the right kind. Although, a beanie and a hat? Well, I guess it's for the best. I suppose I could wear a small hat under a beanie and then that wouldn't look too strange.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll figure it out. I've thought about a couple of things for the run. I have to fuel up of course and my hydration belt will make things easier. I've got plenty of Gu packets to hold me over. I just wonder if the bottles will be able to hold me over. I've thought about running past a convenience store or something and stopping to rest and refuel but we'll see.

Still, no matter how I picture it, I keep going back to the rain. The dreaded rain. Why must it rain? It's probably not going to be as bad as I think it will be, but still... I imagine it being pretty bad. Maybe it's the short story I read in high school, Ray Bradbury's The Long Rain. You ever read it?

Well, here's the first paragraph of the short story:

"The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains. It came by the pound and the ton, it hacked at the jungle and cut the trees like scissors and shaved the grass and tunneled the soil and molted the bushes. It shrank men's hands into the hands of wrinkled apes; it rained a solid glassy rain, and it never stopped."

That's kind of what I picture Sunday's rain to be like. It probably won't be that bad, but I have an image similar to that in my head.

I suppose that's one way to look at it, make it seem like the worst thing ever and then when it doesn't bottom out like you thought, it won't seem so bad.

But as long as I get in my 18 miles (!) I should be fine. Even if my hands look like wrinkled ape hands.


5thsister said...

I want a picture of you in your beanie and tights! :oD

Jephy's Mom said...

I'm not sure if that short story is the best thing to have floating around in your mind on Sunday, especially if it is raining. May all the hills on your run be downward and may there always be a bush where you need one!

Raoulysgirl said...

Does Yvie have tights that go with your pink shirt?

I'm sorry...I could NOT resist.

tahoegirl said...

coming from someone who lives in a place that is cold/rainy 10 out of 12 months, i highly recommend a moisture wicking long sleeve shirt, gloves, some sort of running pants (tights would be perfect but i have a hard time, too, getting myself to wear those in public) and your beanie should be fine. maybe a visor to keep the rain out of your face? (as a side note, at the start of my 10K in may in started to rain and it was a nusiance! have clothes you plan to change into afterwards sitting by the heater b/c you are gonna be cold) good luck and safe travels!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

If it means buying a load of new running stuff that you may not ever use again, I would skip running out in the rain and find an indoor track. Is this a possibility?

Lisa said...

Wait, you don't have any wicking running tops? You need to get some or you are gonna have chaffing where you don't want to have chafing.

You can get wicking tops at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and the like.

If it rains anything less that what that paragraph describes then you are in luck.

Good luck on Sunday and I'll definitely be praying for no rain.

L.B. said...

tights... ha, you ladies are funny :/

I thought about an indoor track or running underground (there's supposedly an underground part of the city up there) but figured that it would be fruitless to search for that. Still, you never know, right?

I actually have everything I'd need except for a moisture wicking shirt, and after having thought about it and researched it, one of my shirts might be a moisture wicking material. I wore it during the Mud Run in 08 and it held up greatly. I was surprised by how well it held up.

I found a few shirts online (thanks Lisa!) at some stores near my house for relatively cheap so I might run by there... well, drive, though I'd like to run there... and pick one up.

I have running pants too but I might just brave it because I'd rather be wet in shorts than wet in pants. And I do have a visor (thanks TG!) so that part is set.

Now I just have to sing this song for the next three days...

Rain rain go away, come again some other day

Rain rain go away, come again on Monday... because I'll be back in Cali :)

Willoughby said...

See what happens when you live someplace that is warm and sunny year round? You get used to that nice weather!

I hope it doesn't rain for your run. My biggest problem would be the water getting in my eyes (sorry if I gave you something new to worry about!). I'm with Tats, I'd be looking for indoor and underground tracks in the area. Did you try googling it?

Have a great trip!

Holly said...

You cannot beat the weather in So Cal, can you? Finally, I am workign on the far just on the is a start!

L.B. said...

Nice start, Holly! I do a lot of treadmill runs, since I'm my youngest is only 4 and not at school yet. Great to hear you've gotten on the treadmill!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Ok. Don't panic! You will be fine! Seattle rain is NOTHING like a midwest rain. It RARELY pelts down. I wont say it never does, but it is rare. I would say forget the beanie, just my opinion. It will be a thick wool and the water will run down and into your eyes. Ugh. you dont want that. In the rain a hat with a bill is a must for me. It will keep your face dry and your eyes clear. I have seen people put a handkercheif, like a doorag, under a hat to keep the ears warm. I ran last Saturday with my ears exposed (it was 46 degrees outside) and I was fine.

Moisture wicking is important but you can survive witout it as long as you dont wear the wrong thing. i.e. sweat pants are a no no. Have you ever worn wet sweats? They weigh about 34 pounds. think thin and light weight and tight for your legs. Since you are in beutiful socal this is foreign to you...sorry. :) But for the top something non-cotton would be good. Long sleeves too! I wear my Garmin 405 and it does ok when getting wet. I just put it under my shirt/jacket sleeve and protect is as well as I can (the 405 is not exaclty water proof, the 305 I understand is???). Also if you can socks intented for wet weather is a must. My socks were sloshing last weekend and Tall Mom was dry as can be.
The rain here is gentle, usually. It will be fine, you will be fine. I hate to tell you but running in Seattle the hills scare me more than the rain!!!! :) Any more questions feel free to ask! Good luck!!