Now that we’ve been back in the good ole USA for just over a month and successfully made the move up here to Portland, I’m out of excuses for not getting back back into exercising regularly. My last A1c was atrocious after three months of traveling in Asia, and I’m committed to getting that number down. Plus, with our wedding just a few months away, I want to make sure I’m looking and feeling tip-top for the big day. On Thursday of last week, after a week straight of packing boxes, loading boxes, unloading boxes, unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, sweeping, cleaning, hanging clothes, hanging pictures, and being generally consumed by the hell that is “moving,” I was ready to get outside and go for a jog to clear my head.
But then I realized I live in Portland now, and it was raining outside. Hhhhm. Well, this just got a little more difficult. I nixed the run that day and instead settled in for a
Real Housewives History Channel marathon.
Ok, ok, before you start commenting about what a wuss I am and that it’s just a little rain, let me tell you that first of all, I don’t mind running in the rain, and second of all, I was well aware of the weather change we were getting ourselves into with this move to Portland. My issue with inclement weather comes with not being prepared for it.
The biggest advantage to San Diego weather isn’t the fact that it’s generally sunny and pretty mild. It’s the fact that you never really have to plan ahead for it. Because there’s so little variation in the weather there, you can just decide to go running any time of the year. You might put on a long-sleeved t-shirt versus a tank top, but that’s about it for decision-making there.I didn’t have a summer and winter wardrobe there, I just had the one closet and some jackets for October through April. Here in Portland though, you need to be a little more prepared than that. It’s time for a trip to the nearest REI to get a little local advice (and gear) for running in the rain.
Any tips from you guys for this San Diego wuss on rainy-weather running?