It’s been a little damp the last few days here on Cape Cod, and it started to get down right chilly today! While everything is up in the air (pun intended!) with Joaquin, we will undoubtedly see more moisture from the storm early next week. We actually really need the rain here, and since it’s been so clear for a while, I didn’t mind a little rain this week. I saw this meme on Facebook, and I think it’s so true:
Getting your butt out the door for some wet, windy miles is the hardest part. Once you’re out there, it’s really not so bad and can actually be kind of fun! I took William (17 months) with me the other day when it was gusty and rainy, and believe it or not, he fell asleep for the whole 4 mile run! I checked the radar and we ducked out in between bands of rain. I get stir crazy if I’m stuck inside for too long and I thought Will might enjoy it too.
There are a few things that make running in the rain (with a toddler) a bit easier: waterproof shoes and a good weather shield for your jogging stroller. My go to running shoes when it’s raining or snowing are my Saucony Ride 7s with Gore-Tex, which I got last year while training for the Philadelphia half marathon. They are a great training shoe, with the added bonus of being water proof. Last year at the Philadelphia marathon, Gore Tex actually had shoes and tubs full of water (to simulate puddles) that you use to test the shoes.
The BOB weather shield has also been a sanity saver for getting out for a run on a rainy (or cold and windy) day. My best running friend is actually my BOB Revolution PRO, since it’s pretty much the only way I get out for weekday runs while the kids are at school. Thank GOD William likes to ride in the BOB and usually takes a nap, because I would REALLY miss my week day miles. 🙂 The BOB weather shield is super easy to put on and has a see-through front (see pic), so that your child can be protected, while also able to see what’s going on during the ride! It was windy with on and off rain on our run the other day, and when I removed the weather shield, William was passed out and completely dry.:-)
I am planning on running the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon on Sunday, and I’m crossing my fingers that it will be dry. I really think if we get any rain from Joaquin it’s looking like Monday or Tuesday. It’s still looking pretty windy (~20mph out of the North forecasted), but as long as it’s not torrentially raining with that wind– GAME ON! It looks like a scenic course that provides views of the water and a nice cranberry bog. It will be fun running in an area I haven’t explored on foot yet. Even though Harwich is on the Cape, I’ve only been a handful of times.
When you live on Cape Cod, everyone thinks that you travel around the Cape all the time. It never ceases to make me laugh when someone will ask me if I know their friend who lives in Yarmouth (a town 45 minutes away). Alternatively they wonder if we all went to the same high school (there area actually 8 different public high schools on Cape Cod). Believe it or not, lots of people live on the Cape year-round– it’s not desolate in the winter! 😉
Are you racing this weekend? If so, will Joaquin affect your racing plans?