Yesterday my daughter, running for our high school winter track, finished her run soaked to the bone.  I had to lay out blankets in my car – they were just drenched.  But I asked them how their run went and they said that it was actually not that bad.  The rain picked up as they went along and it didn’t bother them so much.

That is what rain should be to a runner – just a bother.  Tough luck, man! It’s rain!  In the summer, I just wear a hat.  In 34 degree weather, I wear extra layers and then I have my secret plastic jacket and, though I eventually get wet, it protects me that first mile or 2.

Appreciate the cooling effects of rain – the puddles – the pure enjoyment that you are just out there.  Usually you are by yourself because everyone else hides at the gym or takes the day off.

The runner’s life may not be indefinite.  You get older and are more injury-prone.  The runs may become more infrequent and shorter.  So enjoy the rain – enjoy the snow for that matter (but be safe, of course!).

Very short today – for those who celebrate, Merry Christmas!!!

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Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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