Time: 67 Minutes
Distance: 9.0 KM
Yesterday it was raining all day. Slowly throughout the afternoon it started to clear only to start drizzling with rain again by 4pm. When I got home, I desperately wanted to run outside. I had spent the good part of 5 minutes planning my route on google maps. But the rain?!?! How does one run in the rain?!!?
The question sounds stupid but it isn’t. The main problem I foresaw was the lack of the ability to carry my iphone which both plays my music but also monitors my time, distance etc through my various running applications(More on those later).
As I stared out at the rain, I said loudly “STUFF IT- I’M GOING”. I put my mobile in a snaplock back with only the cord coming out then put that in my armband that normally holds my phone. By placing it upsidedown, the tiny open section of the bag faced downwards and thus wouldn’t really get any water in it.
I also now take a bottle of water with me when I run. I am surprised by the lack of people I notice doing this. I need to drink during exercise. If I don’t, I get very dehydrated. So running outside with a 800ml water bottle filled with either plain water or an isotonic blah blah blah, I find it helps me greatly. Also if there is a bit of sugar in the water, it does give you an energy bounce.
Anyways, the run was great. I live in the Inner West of Sydney. My entire run consisted of running around Blackwattle bay and over the Anzac bridge and back home. It was lovely and although the pace was only just over 8km/h, it was tiring and made me feel awesome.
The only part of me that didn’t feel awesome was my knees. I have to admit in the last week or two(cause I have been running outside) I have been getting stiff knees when I sit down for a while. Yesterday on my run, my knee ached ever so slightly. It wasn’t that bad and I fought through it…
However, when I woke up in the middle of the night I knew something was wrong. My knee was sore from lying on it and today it has been sore and stiff. Any runners out there had something like this happen? Any suggestions? Is it just my body slowly getting used to harder surfaces? It'll probably stop me running today although I may try go for a power walk instead.
Finally, as mentioned previously, I use GPS running apps on my phone. I am always amazed that on some runs, despite using two apps, the distance etc given by each app is different. Although there are some reviews out there, I thought I would review 3 of them over the next few days by running the exact same route each day and seeing how they go.
Until then- pray for my knee and have a great weekend!