Wednesday, June 02, 2010

How I celebrated National Running Day

I only found out about National Running Day yesterday when it appeared on the C25Kapp twitter feed. I had been planning to do a run today anyway and check off the Week 5, Day 2 workout in my Bridge to 10K program, but it seemed fun to think I would be celebrating something.

This morning I got up and got a little bit of a slow start, but was ready to leave at 9 a.m. to go run. There were storms predicted all day today, but I hoped I could get done before it started.  I planned to run at the park, which seemed a little safer than running out by the quarry in the open.  Lightning strikes the tallest thing, after all.

When I pulled into the park I heard a rumble in the distance. I pulled out my iPhone and saw a big red line of storms headed our way.  "I can get at least some running in before it starts," I thought.  And I did, about 3 minutes, enough to get caught in a heavy downpour and be one of dozens of soaking wet people sprinting for their cars.  I got home and closed my windows because it was raining in.  Just as I changed into non-running clothes, I realized that the rain had stopped and the birds were singing outside.  I changed into dry running clothes and shoes (luckily I have multiple pairs) and got to the quarry (as I didn't feel like driving all the way back to the park).  Well, my headphones were not working right on my iPhone and I hadn't brought a watch with me. I was also worried that the phone might be damaged from my run in the rain earlier.  I didn't have a watch so I couldn't time my run.  I walked a brief loop around the quarry (about 20 minutes) and then headed home yet again. I changed and got ready for a meeting on campus.  I fiddled around with my iPhone and figured out that I had somehow turned the volume all the way down on the headphones (probably while clutching the phone in terror while sprinting for the car). I thought that I had tried turning up the volume, but apparently not. 

I got home from my meeting and asked my husband whether he had a chance to run yet.  He hadn't, so we both decided to go out.  I did a very hot but triumphant Week 5, Day 2 Bridge to 10K workout.  Today was two 25-minute runs with a 1-minute walk break in between, plus the usual 5 minute warmup and cooldown.  Third time was the charm today, I guess.

I was wondering after the whole iPhone fiasco whether a better case to carry the phone would help avoid similar problems. I'm also concerned about the thing getting wet and not working if I get caught out in another downpour. I have an armband and I don't love it.  I was trying to think of how else to carry it. Most of my summer running clothes don't have pockets. I would die before wearing a fanny pack -- besides the whole dork factor, there is the fear that it would create unflattering bulges and draw attention to my not-so-sleek physique.  Any great cases you've found?

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