Just as I suspected, I got the opportunity to try out my new raincoat this morning on a run that ended up being 4.7 miles. Not quite the five I was aiming for, but good enough. And, wow, I ran slow. What’s really disappointing, though, is that I thought I was running faster. But, in doing the mileage math, it turns out I was doing 12-1/2-minute miles. Bummer.
I’ve asked for a Garmin for Christmas and I feel having one will make my running life a lot easier…and maybe make me faster.
This morning, my alarm clock went off at 5:50 and when I got into the bathroom to change into my running clothes, I could hear the rain on the window. I was hot when I wore my new coat on my Tuesday run with Mel, so I decided to wear a short sleeve shirt underneath it this time. But hearing the rain and seeing the black sky, I changed my mind. I also have new capris I was going to wear, but I chickened out on those, too.
I slipped into my black tights, put on my long-sleeved REI shirt, my Wigwam socks and my shoes. I ate a whole wheat toaster biscuit with peanut butter on it, drank a glass of water and zipped up my new Cascade Rain Jacket by Outdoor Products, which I purchased in Large from the REI Outlet Web site. See what they say about it here.
The raincoat is light blue and VISIBLE — a must for dark morning jogs. It also comes in black. I like that it’s a little longer in the back and covers my behind. It has a lot of pockets, which I LOVE. There’s an outside zipped pocket on the chest, a Velcro one on the inside (for a music player or a phone), and two hip pockets, one of which has a small mesh pocket inside of it to keep keys or other small items secure. I tried to take a picture, but I’m not sure you can really see the little pocket-within-a-pocket.
The coat also has a hood. It’s a nice sized hood, too, covering my entire head and creating a nice overhang above my face.
I put the hood on and cinched it, then headed out the door. It actually wasn’t raining very hard, just a little sprinkle. But it was warmer than I expected.
I took my hood off in about 10 seconds. It was bouncing and pulling down on my head as I ran, and it was so loud rubbing on the outsides of my ear buds. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to run with a hood on. A baseball cap is probably all I need. I can see myself wearing the hood during a walk or on a trip to the store. I like the hood, just not for running. The think that the hood can be rolled up and secured, which I will probably do the next time I wear it.
It didn’t take long for me to regret wearing my long-sleeved shirt. I got hot around Mile 1. I should’ve worn my t-shirt underneath the jacket instead. Next time, next time.
Toward the end of my run, it got lighter and the wind blew in. I had my coat open a little to stay cool, but I started to get cold with the wind. I zipped up the jacket and I warmed right up. Michael Jackson came on my Zune and I kicked it in.
I think my new raincoat will be great for when it gets really cold here, like from late December to late February. It definitely kept the water out. If it’s raining for the Half on Nov. 29, I will wear a short-sleeved shirt underneath, I think. I’m not sure. If it rains on Sunday, I’ll try it out on my last long run before the race.
Good luck to everyone with races this weekend!