A big thanks to all the kind comments, tweets and messages I received from you all regarding my cruddy day at CIM. I’m still not over the emotional sting, but the big virtual hugs I’ve received certainly help with the healing.
One thing I wanted to touch on about that day is the rain factor. I’ve always run in the rain–that will never send me to the treadmill. But I’ve never raced a full marathon in it. Choosing clothing for the day was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t want to overdress and be too warm, nor did I want to underdress and end up shivering for more than 3 1/2 hours. So after lots of debate, here’s what I came up with: Shorts, a singlet, and arm warmers. On top of that, I layered a throw-away shirt and a garbage bag, plus a pair of acrylic gloves.
I have to say, this was the perfect combo for me. I actually kept that stupid garbage bag on for about three miles, until we turned into a tailwind and hit a roller. Before I ditched the garbage bag, though, I managed to maneuver out of my long-sleeved throwaway. So by around three miles, I was down to just the singlet and arm warmers on top.
This was a really great choice, I think because both were tight to my body. In drenching rain like that, anything loose is going to get soaked and then heavy. The closer fitting clothing, however, didn’t hold onto all that much water. So I never felt chilled (until my final shuffling miles) and I never overheated. The gloves were also the perfect choice–anything heavier might have been too hot, and plain cotton throwaway gloves would have been soaked, heavy and cold.
So while I may have flubbed on nutrition, I at least got the clothing factor down. Something to smile about, I guess. And something that might help one of you someday should you find yourself facing torrential rains and winds during a marathon!
What works for you in the rain?