Last Saturday morning I ran in the rain for the first time. I tried out the “hydration belt” that Mary bought me. I ran for about 6.4 miles on a brand new course. I ran from our house to Black Creek Park and back. It wasn’t hot out, the sun wasn’t out, and it was raining gently. I was expecting an easy run but it wasn’t. It wasn’t difficult either but I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. I finished in 56:00 which is actually really pretty good now that I do the math. That’s an 8:45 pace which is much better than I am accustomed to for a distance of that length.
On Monday night I went out for a short run. My plan was to do the 3 mile loop, and I did. I didn’t want to run but I forced myself to go. Once I got out there it wasn’t bad but I almost turned around at the beginning because my knee felt strange. I continued though and my knee loosened up. The run turned into a speed run of sorts. I finished 3.2 miles in 24:48 which is a 7:45 mile. That is, ny far, the fastest I’ve run that distance. I still am surprised that I ran it at that pace.