Rain, the pity party and PNTF XC Champs

Seattle just broke the record for rain in October. By the end of last night, we recorded 10.05 inches of rain for the month. As a point of reference, the typical month of October sees an average of 3.48 inches, so we almost tripled our suffering. And while rain will always trump heat in my book, I’ve had it. This pretty much summed up my feeling this morning as I headed out the door for ANOTHER RAINY RUN.

Rain face

Between the rain, morning darkness, and a couple of intense weeks of training, how does anyone stay sane? I mean, do you know how hard it is to keep this guy clean in weather like this? It’s like trying to dry off a dirty mop.

bailey

Yep, I’ve been throwing myself a big ol’ pity party lately. Last week was a big week of workouts. Almost all of them involved some combination of rain, mud, and running in the dark.

But today I discovered something good in the rain. This morning I tried out my new Brooks Drift 1/2 Zip and found the perfect rainy day top.

Brooks Drift 1/2 Zip

The yellow part of the shirt is windproof and water resistant and kept me dry for the entire run. It’s the perfect layer for days like today, fairly warm and definitely wet. I could stay dry without overheating and the bright color and reflective stripes provide needed visibility on dark, rainy roads.

By the end of my run things cleared up a little, at least in my head and attitude. Which is good because I need to get my head right. With Club Nationals on December 10th, we’re only halfway through cross country season. I’ve been flagging a bit since the weekend. But sometimes all you need is a good race. Luckily Sunday is USATF Pacific Northwest Open & Masters Cross Country Championships at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. Interested in running? Sign up here by Thursday 11/3.

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