5:58 PM 28 October 2008 @ The ULTRA Oval Track
I knew It was going to rain yesterday afternoon but I insisted myself to have my running workout at the ULTRA Oval Track for my speed interval run even if I knew that the track will be wet and my running kit will get soaked in the rain. I arrived at the Philsports area at 5:45 PM and it was raining lightly and I could see that at least 3 or 4 runners were about to finish their run because of the rain. Instead of wearing a running kit for my speed runs, I wore my trail running outfit from TNF with a runner’s cap and my Arnuva 50 BOA. I knew that my shoes was heavy for my run but I was confident that the traction of the shoes with the wet track will not give me any problems of sliding or any slippery condition. After a brief stretching routine, I started with my warm-up run. After one lap, it started to rain hard and I was alone running on the track as the other runners ended their run.
After I finished my 6th lap, it was still raining hard and I stopped briefly for my “water break” and conditioned myself with the start of my interval run. I was prepared to do 4 X 2K (5 laps) at my 10K pace with one lap as my recovery jog in between each repetition. After each recovery lap, I had to take my “water break” by sipping water from my TNF Hydration Pack. I did the said repetitions with 2 laps as my cool-down run. My average pace in my interval runs ranges from 4:45 mins/km to 4:58 mins/km. However, I added 10 repetitions of “hill sprints” by using the stairs of the concrete bleacher at the oval track after my cool-down jog. I made sure that my “hill sprints” going up the stairs should last from 8-10 seconds. On my first to third rep, I got a time of 12 seconds. On my 4th to 7th rep, I was able to lower my time to 11 seconds. On my 8th & 9th rep, I was able to lower my time to 10 seconds. On my last rep, I made a faster “pumping” of my arms and I was able to get a time of 9 seconds! I ended my workout with one lap jogging alone on the oval track.
I ran a total of 33 laps (equivalent to 13.2 kms) yesterday evening at the oval track while it was raining.
It was a “lonely” running workout but it was fun to be running (again!) in the rain.