To Run, Or Not To Run

Having sort of a dilemma.

I’m supposed to be running the Christmas Classic 5K on Sunday morning in Golden Gate Park.

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Running this race would be difficult in the first place, given I haven’t been running much. That 5K distance is feeling mighty long lately. However, regardless of how much I’ve trained, I know I can always get through 3.1 miles. Maybe not as fast as I want to, but I can get through it.

So where’s the problem?

Here is the problem:

 

weather

It’s supposed to rain on Sunday.

It’s actually supposed to rain everyday until December 26th. Maybe it’s supposed to rain after that too, but the weather channel only has a 10 day projection.

Normally I wouldn’t mind running in the rain. I even stopped by the Sports Authority and picked up a Nike track jacket that was on sale, as well as a dri-fit cap to wear, so I’ll be dressed in a way to better fit the weather than I was when I ran “Run Wild for a Child” (which I will post about soon).  The problem is that for the last 4 days I’ve been teetering on the edge of illness. I had a horrible headache for both of my days off, then yesterday and today I’ve had a scratchy throat. I’ve been drinking lots of tea and other than these two symptoms, I’ve been feeling a-okay. I’m concerned, however, that if I go out an run 5K in a cold, windy storm, I will get a full blown cold or flu.

Few things are worse than having a cold or flu during the holidays, so I’d like to refrain if possible.

I guess I’ll just see if the scratchy throat goes away by Sunday and decide then. I’d really hate to waste my $25 though. Well, I mean, the money would still go to a good cause….but you know what I mean.

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Speaking of good causes, a couple of weeks ago I participated in Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s Holiday Bake Sale to raise money for the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I was lucky enough to win an awesome batch of Peppermint Mocha Fudge!

peppermintmochafudge

The fudge was made by Tina from Faith Fitness Fun

Tina sent me a HUGE batch of fudge…seriously, she sent twice as much as was on this plate! I put out this plate in the office kitchen (hence the plate with the chip…slim pickings for dishes in this place…) earlier and it’s almost half gone! People are digging it big time!

I kept the other half for me, but I plan on freezing most of it to enjoy at a later date. It happens to be a little too delicious for me to keep out in the open right now…

In order to distract myself from all of the goodies in the office, I’m enjoying this beauty.

grapefruit

Yum…grapefruit! Nature’s fudge…er…okay…not really…

Have you ever run a race in the rain? Was it horrible?

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3 Responses to To Run, Or Not To Run

  1. greekmelie says:

    I ran my half marathon in the rain. Cats and dogs, pouring down rain. And on the golden gate bridge as a matter of fact. Talk about a coincidence!

    If you are feeling well enough I say go for it! And contrary to popular belief running in the rain will not make you fall sick as long as you change into dry clothes directly after the race and get into a warm place with a roof over your head. Hot coffee will not hurt either… Let us know what you decide and how it went! :-)

    • girlinchucks says:

      Oh, I wouldn’t be worried about the rain at all except for my head cold. Though running in the rain won’t make you sick…if you’re already unwell, it’s probably not that great of an idea.

      That being said, I’ll probably run anyway….

      • Jharna says:

        The hardest part for me is going out into the cold whteaer. I dont mind the rain, hail or snow (not that we get it here in WA) its just leaving the warmth and hitting that first cold spell going out the door, the first 10mins of the run hits hard but once I start warming up with the run it becomes very invigorating. A light weight rain jacket keeps the wet and wind at bay and the thought of a lovely hot cuppa and hot shower makes you run faster to get home! James is right, its better to keep running through winter and have a better body for the summer to come.Keep up the good work James

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