Scenario 1: Boulder in August. A 10k, the third part of an Olympic-distance triathlon. I hit the run portion around 10 a.m., I'm guessing, and the sun was already blaring in the cloudless sky. The temps must have been in the low 90's; the ice I stuffed down my tank--something I'd never done before and haven't done since--hardly registered. There was more shade in the Sahara, and I melted in more ways than one.
Scenario 2: Denver in January. A 12-miler, getting ready for the Austin half-marathon. Katherine, a total sport who did my entire training plan without running the race, meets me at 7 a.m. Temp is probably 15. The sky is dark when we head out, and the cloudy sky never really brightens beyond a dirty-water gray. Our noses freeze, our toes go numb, my tights feel too thin. The only extraneous body part that doesn't go frigid are our hands, because she, the kind soul she is, brought a pair of hand-warmers for both of us. I felt strong and, although I was psyched to see the car at the end, I could've run for a few more miles.
I'm a fresh, crisp air girl. (Ask Grant, who moans every time I open the window above our bed when it's 20 degrees outside. Can't.stand.stagnant.air.) While scenario 2 is a bit extreme, I'd rather run in snow than heat, under clouds than sun, when it's chilly rather than crazy hot. Like SBS, I've run a marathon in the rain (NYC 1997), I've run through thunderstorms and I've even been hailed on, but I replay scenario 1 run often in my mind and shudder when I do; it's the worst race I've ever had, both mentally and physically--and I attribute quite a bit of that to the weather.
So this a little Al Roker-ish, but runners love a good race report--and a good chat about weather as it relates to running. What's the worst weather situation you've ever run in? Let us know and you could win a pair of Keens of your choice. Bumper-toed Keens, the jackknife of the shoe world, can tromp through water and mud; keep you upright over roots and rocks; repel water; keep your feet toasty; protect your big toe if you're flip-flopping; make you look cute at book club; and on and on.
So what has Mother N. served up for you at a less-than-ideal time? If you don't have a go-to answer, no worries: let us know what weather you prefer to run in: hot, cold, humid, frigid?
p.s. The random winner of the day-glow, awesome Saucony jacket and tights (good for all kinds of weather) will be announced on our Facebook page today. So that's a subtle way of saying like us, if you haven't. Gracias.