Monday, February 22, 2010

Rainy Running

(Sadly, when I typed in that post, I got the song Summer Lovin’ from the movie Grease stuck in my head. Damn you John Travolta will you ever stop invading my brain!)

On Saturday I did a 12 mile run that was WAY too fast. I did 12 miles at 8:01 pace. Not exactly my recovery pace (~8:20). My excuse was that it was raining.

Now, this wasn’t some sort of Arizonan “my bangs are limp and my hair is all frizzy” kind of rain. Oh no. This was a “Whoa, I need to start finding animals 2 by 2**” kind of rain. In fact, for a lot of Sunday, it rained long and hard***. Really hard. Quite honestly, I wanted to be out there as little as possible. If that meant kicking it up to MP+:10, so be it. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite me.

Rain in the desert is funny. People are totally unprepared for it. Shoot, I was unprepared for it. When I had my car oil changed about a month back, they told me that I needed new windshield wipers – and that they would install them for the low low price of 80 bucks or something, blinker fluid included. Well, I passed thinking to myself “Ha! This is Arizona, it doesn’t rain here. To spite you, I am going to refill my free coffee and put this 2 year old ‘Car and Driver’ magazine under my shirt.” Well, yesterday I drove around town squinting out of rain streaked windows. Touche mechanic dude. You got me.

On a side note, I printed off a few pace bands for my race this weekend. You’ll just have to wait to see what pace they are! (See that, that was what people in the biz call a tease. Nailed it.)

Summer days driftin' away, to uh-oh……. those summer nights. well a well a well a....

**I am pretty sure that this blog biblical reference cancels out the fact that I ate meat on Friday, right?

***Yeah that innuendo was just a little bit too easy. I’ll leave it alone this time. (I’m on a morality roll!)

16 comments:

aron said...

thank you, i now have that song stuck in my head :)

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
I am a huge John Travolta fan!! I just happen to love the movie Grease!! Summer loving who doesn't want to sing along to that song:) Sorry to hear about you passing on the windshield wipers!! If it makes you feel better, I would of probably felt the same way:) Good job on the run!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Just catching up! Great job on your training, I continue to be amazed at how fast you've recovered from your stress fractures, I'm still struggling and mine were in May. Good luck this weekend!! :)

Mc Allen said...

annnnnd now its stuck in mine too, thanks!! ;) cute blog! xox LA

Rio said...

Are those unicorns?
That's a long time to run that fast! You are more than ready. There's plenty of time to recover before race day. You may have streaky windows, but at least you didn't get ripped off by those mechanics- ha!

Ace said...

I'd love to read what I'm sure is an excellent blog post, but I'm stuck, mesmerized like those mechanics by the oceanic unicorns....ahhhh pretty unicorns....

inspiREDtorun13 said...

So "Rainy Running" can be sung to the tune of "Summer Loving?" Or am I missing something?

Anyway, nice work taking advantage of the resources at the mechanics' location!

Jamoosh said...

80 bucks! That's like the entry fee to select marathons.

RunningLaur said...

Good thing you ran quickly though. It's a guaranteed thing that if you're outside in the rain in Phoenix Metro that you'll be nailed by a car. People here can't drive in rain. At all. Ever. Maybe it's all those bad wiper blades...

Morgan said...

"Rainy Running had me a blast... Rainy Running made me go fast..."

LMAO!

Ok settle down stallion and rest up! You've got a Marathon to run on Sunday and I need you to run a kick ass race!

Christy said...

"Tell me more, tell me more! Like does he have a car?" Yes he does, but apparently the dude has shitty windshield wipers.

I, too, hate running in torrential downpours. Light sprinklings, I can handle. Monsoon, you best be believin' I'd pick up that pace, too!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Dag Blasted Scientologists!

Colin Hayes said...

Add me to the list. Thanks a lot for sharing your own private hell. I've been whistling that stinkin' tune ever since reading this. That aside, great blog!
;-)

Jill said...

I'd love to see a pic of ya with limp bangs and hair all frizzy.

RunnuRMark said...

those were the gold plated windshield wipers, right?? (every pimp has to have some rain-whisking bling).

and ooooooooo...look at you teasing. I guess you've got me hooked...I'll come back to find out how this weekend goes.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I always find that my pace is faster if it is raining...and the harder rain makes it even faster. (Florida is similar, as we don't get much rain either.)