Yesterday at the 11th hour, Bloomberg’s soda ban was shot down by a judge. It was supposed to start today.

I wrote about this a few times since it was proposed and honestly, I am happy that the judge shot it down. For the city (and state) to spend so much money on a ban that was so ambiguous (while 7-Ellen could still sell its Big Gulps or whatever drink it sells, bodegas wouldn’t be able to sell 20 ounce sodas) and truthfully, it’s not the most effective way to get people to stop drinking sugary drinks.

There’s a thing called education that seems to go quite far. I think this is on Bloomberg’s agenda so he’ll try to push this through, but the coming months should be interesting…

Anyways, this morning was two 3 mile sprints — yep, you read that right. I’m not sure you can count three miles as a sprint. I ended up rounding up to 5K distance and ran just over 26 minutes for each. I have this problem with super long sprints where I start daydreaming in the middle of them and forget that I’m well, supposed to be sprinting? I think this is one time where a coach would come in handy.

This morning was also a nice and wet one. I used to never run in the rain. Seriously, if it was a 40% chance of rain or higher, I wouldn’t even bother getting up. In the past year or so, I’ve changed my mentality because if you skip out on rain days, you skip out on a lot of days. And, you can never predict what race day weather is going to be like, so by running in all the elements, you can prepare yourself the best.

 

Here are my tips to make a rainy run a little more sunny:

  • Don’t stare at the weather forecast or look outside before your run. This freaks me out. All I can think about is “oh my gosh, it’s so bad out there.” Which makes me dread the run. I usually check the weather right before I run just to see what I should wear and if I see if it’s raining, I just leave it alone. Don’t look at the radar, don’t peak outside, just get ready per usual.
  • Wear a light windbreaker/waterproof jacket. I’ve tried to tough out the rain. You know, just run in my normal running clothes and see how it goes. I usually end up shivering and more angry than anything. Throwing on a windbreaker or waterproof jacket does wonders. You still feel dry against your skin even though on the outside you look like you’re soaking.
  • Avoid cotton material. This isn’t a day when you want to wear a throwback tee from a college race because it looks cool, or even to throw on a sweatshirt because you are a bit chilled. The cotton material will soak up every bit of rain in a 5′ radius of you and you will end up weighing 40 pounds more by the end of your run. Oh, and you’ll be soaked.
  • Change your expectations. Running in the rain is not ideal, and you should have your expectations reflect that. It likely won’t be your fastest tempo run or your most successful day at the track. But think of it as more of a learning experience as you understand how you work best in not-so-ideal conditions.
  • Sunglasses help. OK, this sounds ridiculous. But when I was running the Houston Marathon earlier this year, I knew that it was going to be rainy — and not just drizzling, but a DOWNPOUR rain. For someone with contacts, this is annoying and I had no idea how I was going to protect my eyes. I decided to bring my sunglasses. People probably thought I was nuts, but all that mattered is that I didn’t have to worry about my contacts being effected by the rain.

 

Least favorite thing about sprints?

Tips for running in the rain? 



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