Last night I left work dressed in running shorts, a tshirt and a long sleeve. As I dropped off some items to get dry cleaned it started to rain. The air was getting cooler and I didn't have running pants with me. And most importantly, I wasn't feeling the running in the rain thing.
So, instead of stopping by the store to go on a dark run with the group, I turned around and headed to the gym. I cranked out 4.5 miles on the treadmill and spent 10 min doing weights. I spent my time wondering if maybe I could get by an entire winter doing my runs inside.
Deep down, I don't think it's possible and armed with the right gear, those wet rains are just fine. But being prepared is the key. I suppose winter is almost here and now I just need to get mentally prepared for a series of soggy runs with a baseball cap, spandex pants and gloves.
Are you a fair weather runner? Do you mind using a treadmill during the winter? I don't love the treadmill, but I can manage. I even did an 11 miler once for a training run when the weather was craptastic out. Now THAT took some real dedication.