Good morning from a very rainy DC!
I was up early this morning for a soggy track workout. My track buddies are all hardcore and always show up in the rain, which is good motivation for me to do so, too. ðŸ™‚
This morning the coach had us do three 1200â€™s (3 laps around the track) at a fast clip, with a couple minute break in between each. I had a great workout, running and chatting with one of the guys in my track buddy group. We ended up doing about a 7:15 pace for our 1200â€™s, which was great! My watch below also includes my warm up (about 1/2 to 3/4 mile) and my cool down (about 1 mile) as well. Whew! Good thing the Garmin 225 is waterproof. ðŸ™‚
It rained steadily the whole time we were out there, so it was a good thing my outfit was waterproof, too! My friends at Brooks recently sent me some new rain/cold weather gear to test out as part of my Run Happy Blog Ambassadorship: the Seattle tight and Seattle shell jacket.
I have been wearing the jacket around to/from other workouts on rainy days, but this was the first time I wore it while actually running, and itâ€™s great! Waterproof, windproof, but still breathable, too, which is a problem Iâ€™ve had with waterproof jackets in the past. Itâ€™s relatively lightweight but still has some structure, so you can easily wear more layers under it on really cold days or less when itâ€™s warmer, although you probably would be too hot in it in weather over 50/55 or so degrees. For reference, it was 44 degrees this morning, I wore a tech tee underneath, and that was perfect.
The jacket did a good job keeping me dry â€“ my arms started to get a tiny bit damp by the very end of my walk home after being out in the rain for over an hour, but I was still impressed â€“ better than other jackets Iâ€™ve tried for sure. Another thing I really like is that the neck isnâ€™t too tight when zipped up, and the fabric on the neck is very soft and cozy. Also, it hangs down a little in the back and keeps your butt dry.
The Seattle tights were also great â€“ they have a wide, cozy waistband and are lined with a nice soft material. They kept me dry, too! These would be especially awesome in the snow, I think, since they are warm. The coolest thing about them is this strip of waterproofing on the thighs. I hate having cold, wet thighs when I run in rain or snow, so this was genius.
Iâ€™m working from home today with miss Zara, who was very happy to see me and Matt when we came home last night! (We had a cat sitter come in daily when we were gone, donâ€™t worry.) Sheâ€™s currently keeping a vigilant watch out the window while I work. Itâ€™s a tough job, but somebodyâ€™s gotta do it.
Iâ€™ve got some AnneTheRD client calls on the agenda today, plus some blog work, email catch up, and a serious grocery store visit. Better get to it!
Have a great day, my friends!
Anyone else run in the rain this morning? Running in the rain always sounds terrible when Iâ€™m inside and cozy, but once Iâ€™m out I donâ€™t mind it at all! I always wear a visor or hat to keep the rain out of my eyes, which helps. ðŸ™‚
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