I do love running races but running in the rain isn’t something I like doing.

We ran Varsity Kudus 15km this morning from Wits University. It’s the first race of the new year in Gauteng, and this was the second time I’d run it.

I must say I was a little worried. It’s the furthest I’ve run since my injury, but it went really well. I’ve got a slight niggle but not too bad. I shaved 3 minutes off my time! I’m very pleased about that!

The rain however didn’t stop. It was freezing cold and we had light drizzle for most of the race. Well, until I got to about 10km or so, and then it started pouring! The rain was pouring off my visor and I was soaked to the bone. By the time I finished my socks were soaking wet and I sloshed my way back to the car. I’m hoping my shoes don’t take too long to dry out!

So apart from these photos I took at the start, I didn’t use my phone. I was trying not to break it.

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I ran the race on my own. My normal running buddies have got a marathon really soon, so they’re clocking up much more miles than me and didn’t do the race.

I pondered about quite a few things while trudging up those crazy Westcliff hills, but most importantly, I thought about a few things I need to remember for Two Oceans Marathon. In 2016 we started the race in the rain, and if we have weather like this race today, I’m not going to enjoy it. I can only imagine the crazy blisters after running 56km in wet shoes.

I think these things will make life a little more bearable if we have to go running in the rain:

1. Get a few throw away ponchos from Dischem. I keep forgetting to buy them, and rubbish bags are really awful to use (and they don’t cover your head). It’s mostly for waiting for the race to start… at Oceans you walk for miles to get to the start and to get soaked before the race even starts is the pits! 
2. Pack a full set of clothes to change into after the race. I only packed a spare t-shirt and tracksuit top, but my pants were soaking wet so I was cold all the way home.
3. Pack a fresh pair of socks and another pair of running shoes. I only had a spare pair of socks, which was pretty useless with soggy shoes.
4. Remember the sun visor… this was a lifesaver! Thankfully I didn’t have the rain in my eyes while running.