Not too sure if I can reproof my jacket as it's supposed to be the actual fabric that's waterproof. Will try to find the manufacturers website. I only bought it last winter - and had hardly any wear out of it then due to injury. It seems to keep me dry in very light rain or showers. I've worn it twice in heavy/persistent rain - once in May in a prolonged very heavy downpour and last Sunday - both times I ended up soaked to the skin and also could feel the wind through the sleeves. I saw on Wiggle that someone had complained that the pockets are definitely not waterproof. I might try spraying water on the jacket (without me in it) and seeing if it really goes through.
Scary moment on Monday evening as I was driving to work along a very dark country road in heavy rain. Stopped in a queue of traffic at the bend just before the railway level crossing and noticed that when the cars came through in the opposite direction they were steaming/smoking. Then we moved off and straight away we were in rather deep water. Couldn't turn around as there were cars behind and anyway couldn't really see what was ahead. Water got a bit deeper and there was an abandoned car half on the narrow verge which we had to drive round. At that point the water was rushing across the road and cascading down into a ditch and then into fields on the other side . Thankfully I managed to drive slowly on without stalling, but with youngest daughter's words from the weekend ringing in my ears : 'When your stuck in a river or flood you have to wait until the car fills right up before you can open the door' .
This morning we had fine, sunny weather. A friend and I went for a 45min slow run around the grounds of Forty Hall (no jackets needed). Then we had coffee - and in my case, cake, and looked around the gift shop. Then we got a guide leaflet and spent another half hour meandering around the 'hall' which was a 17th century country mansion/estate recently restored with Lottery money. Civilised or what?
Phoenix marathon yesterday was rather 'interesting'. It had rained all night, was raining when I drove off at 7am, rained all through the race and was still raining when I got home again. Soggy wasn't the word. 4 out and back laps on the Thames towpath. The possible 'small puddles' had developed overnight into very large puddles and throughout the day they expanded into 'over the socks' lakes. No way round most of them so it was just splash your way through. A little mud in places and a knee deep dip in one muddy puddle which I seemed to find twice on each lap . Good x-country practice except that I don't do that anymore! Most of the terrain was tarmac, gravel or stony, but all flat . After a very short time as the water continually sloshed over my shoes they filled up with stones/shingle/sand but I decided not to empty them as (a) they would just fill up again and (b) my fingers were too frozen to undo the laces. I actually quite enjoyed splashing through the clean 'lakes' as it washed the stones around and stopped them digging into just one place. Good to see the faster runners dashing past, or going in the opposite direction (many had mud splashed half way up their backs). Some nice views along the route and some strange house-boats or boat-houses - were they on stilts or were they floating??
As there was a water station at the turnaround and another at the lap end I had decided not to carry anything with me. They had jelly babies and gels - which were ok for proper runners, but as I don't eat either I had to go hungry. I shall put in an order for biscuits - preferably custard creams - for their next event. Good that there was also a proper public loo near the turnaround. With all that water sloshing around I needed a quick loo stop on each of the last 3 laps . The 'quick' stop became longer each time as I struggled with my soaking wet clothing. My jacket - Ron Hill, expensive, windproof and fully waterproof - turns out to only be 1 of the 3 . My sports bra got so wet that the top edge rubbed against the bones on my chest - which I only discovered when I stepped in the shower at home . I ran steadily with pretty even splits of 1:07:15 / 1:09:30 / 1:10:28 and 1:11:29 - remember I stopped for the loo after the first lap, and the last lap also included rescuing 2 fat worms, and I was pleased with a final time of 4:38:42. Soaking wet and by now rather cold, I jogged straight back to my car afterwards and once it had steamed up I got changed and then drove straight home. Took an hour with the heater going full blast before I really thawed out.
At home I took my insoles out of my shoes and discovered thick lumps of stones etc on the top of them (ie between the insoles and my feet!). The right insole had developed a hole between the cloth part and the foam part. This was stuffed with more stones making a large 5cm by 3cm V shaped lump which was about 2cm deep and just under where my toes join my feet. I hadn't noticed this when running with all the water and because my feet were numb! This morning the joint just below my big toe on the top of my foot is swollen and stiff . I'm hoping it's just a bruise. Despite all this I quite enjoyed the event .
Big G - I think that group is a great idea. They will know how you feel without the need for any words. Well done for getting back into the running. I take it that the achilles is ok now?
I love my Injini socks. I've worn them for races now for a few years and they stopped any blisters where the toes rubbed together. They tend to wear out quickly if anything (eg.toe nail, sharp stone) rubs them - I have half a dozen right foot ones without their partner . I now need something to stop blisters/ hard skin on the tip top of a couple of toes - I have 'curly' toes and I think I have a tendency to 'claw' them when running.
Brilliant sunshine here at the moment - after below zero temperatures last night and torrential rain all day yesterday!
mamafox - what a fantastic race report - descriptive, emotional and humorous and a pb to boot . I chuckle to myself at some of the things you get up to .
Big G - good idea with the dog as long as you have someone to mind it so that you can go away if you want to. Be careful though - my daughter was given a rescue dog (left outside a pet shop in a cardboard box and only about 6 weeks old) with the words 'We think he might be a Jack Russell'. He grew and grew, now the consensus is he's a lurcher/German Shepherd cross .
LDWA Shillington Shuffle for me yesterday. Met up with lots of the usual suspects and ran/walked with a couple of them. Relaxed atmosphere, lots of chat, good off-road terrain and a little bit more walking than I'm used to but I really enjoyed it . Great aid stations with a gourmet buffet at each . Very foggy - we could see the path ahead but very little of the countryside around. At one point it looked as though the sun would break through but the fog quickly thickened again (good job the instructions were spot on). The temperature was ideal for running though and I was comfortable in a long sleeve top with a vest over. Then just over 2 miles from the finish the heavens opened. I was rather wet before I managed to get my jacket on, but at least it kept me warm and stopped me for getting completely drenched. From then on it was head down and a determined run/march to just get back. Finished in 6:38 and happy with that. After changing into dry clothes and having 2 mugs of tea, beans on toast and bakewell tart and custard I felt cosy. Drive home only 50 mins although it was still foggy. LDWA are always fantastic value for money, well organised, friendly and enjoyable .
mamafox - Fantastic pb . I'd be interested in seeing the splits too.
lily, KK and sk - more parkruns ! and getting faster and faster. They sound like such fun too - I'm annoyed that I have to work Sat mornings (can't really justify using my holiday time if I'd be back home for lunch ).
I actually have a day off today - well, apart from the housework which desperately needs doing . I have an excuse as I did the Kings Forest 50k in Thetford yesterday. There were 4 laps - out round a lake and then through the forest - and on the first lap I almost DNF. We were following a forest path which rapidly deteriorated into knee high brambles. I was reduced to gingerly stepping over them and I could feel myself getting very anxious. Decided if it got any worse that I was going to pull out. Then all the runners in front stopped as they had 'lost' the markers. Finally we all trooped up a wide path until we found a marker again and carried on. Very shortly after we were passed by some very fast runners - one of whom demanded to know what race we were doing. When we finished the first lap we found out that we had taken the wrong (brambly) path and had missed out about one and a half miles, which we could make up at the end. The other 3 (and a bit) laps were much better - found the markers this time - there were still a few narrow, uneven paths but also some good running ones. I ran and walked with a friend, who was really good company and we chatted most of the way round. Weather stayed fine (and even got rather warm), we saw a herd of (big) deer and some cute black & white sheep (Jacobs?). Duly did the extra bit and finished in about 6:20. Stayed chatting to various peeps while I consume a lovely cup of tea and then soup and a roll. Heavens opened as I was driving back. Not one of my favourites, but I wouldn't rule it out again .