Friday, 12 October 2007

An Abundance of Issues

The weather forecast has changed. Pretty drastically. I can deal with 49 degrees and rain, I just don't know what to wear! I talked to a couple of women at the expo tonight and they were still planning on wearing shorts. Shorts I can handle, but short sleeves? That doesn't sound good to me. Any advice from anyone? I am thinking of wearing my nylon jacket, and if it gets too hot, I can wrap it around my waist. I have done it a million times, it doesn't look great, but it isn't terribly uncomfortable.

I have decided to show up on Sunday morning and just try my best. My foot still isn't exactly right, but I can try to run the race. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. The world will not end. But if I sit at home, it will hurt me terribly.

Any advice about running a race in 40 degrees and rain? Especially what to wear?

6 comments:

J~mom said...

If it was me I would do shorts with a short sleeve shirt and then two layers over it. Probably a long sleeve shirt and then the nylon jacket. I ran a 10K last January in almost exactly those conditions and I wore the outfit minus the nylon jacket. I was very comfortable once I got moving.

Randy said...

Mind you.....I'm laughing entirely at myself...40 degrees and rain....I would be in my winter weight stuff, including long pants, but then I'm a true southerner....

I like Lisa's option....shorts if you can handle the cold on your legs until you get started....your normal short sleeve wear, then maybe a long sleeve that you can afford to "drop" and if you need it for protection against the rain and/or wind....the jacket you mentioned....you can lose the long sleeve shirt and tie the jacket around your waist if you have to later on....plus you can always change things slightly at the time of the race depending on the last minute observation of the weather....

We are heading out in an hour for our half marathon in Southern OK and it's supposted to be in the low 60's or high 50's, and I will bet there are people there in long sleeve shirts....

Mary....just listen to your ankle and your body and do what feels right in your mind....there isn't any need to cause further injury....if you need to walk do so...if you need to stop....just know that's always an option too....

Good luck.....I'll try to check back later after we get back home....keep icing today with the ibuprophen tho....after the race tomorrow you might want to consider an ice water plunge for your ankle...and maybe your legs.

Debbi said...

I just read a couple days ago that in cool weather you should dress as if it's 10 degrees warmer. For me, after two miles I'm warm as toast.

I wore a long-sleeved wicking tee Thursday for an eight-miler and was waaaay too hot. It was 60ish.

I'd probably wear shorts and a short-sleeved tee with a throwaway sweatshirt over it. I'd also wear a garbage bag over everything waiting for the start. Cheap protection from the weather and easy to toss.

Wes said...

I love my Nike running in the rain jacket. It's light and adds a little warmth to the equation, allowing short sleeves underneath. Since its raining, I would stick with the shorts.

Have a good time, and be careful out there :-)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

shorts, short sleeve shirt, and a nylon jacket that got tied around the waist is probably how I'd dress. I have a light pair of cheap gloves that I might wear at the start as well.

The problem is always that when you start moving you warm up. But with rain, I'd want something a little water proof as an option (nylon jacket) vs. just another layer because when I get wet all the way through, I can get shivery.

It's supposed to be that temp tomorrow when I go for my run, without the rain, so in that case, I'm putting a long sleeve technical t on over my short sleeve shirt.

I often end up running with all kinds of things tied on my waist. It's not a fashion show, though, so I figure it doesn't matter.

HAVE A BLAST!!!

Jess said...

Do you have anything you'd be okay throwing away? You could start with long sleeves over somethign short sleeved and then toss the long sleeved shirt once you get warm.

Keep in mind that even though it will be 49 -- it will feel more like 69 to you as you run.