I have ran 5 marathons. I have done 3 marathons in the rain. My first experience was the Twin Cities Marathon in 2008. The temperature was in the 40s and it poured for the first 16 miles of the race. I hit the wall in the race, but had nothing to do with the weather. I did fine. Honolulu Marathon 2008 was again in flooding rains for the first 13 miles. We are talking rain that the elite athletes had to run around because it was so deep. I survived again. The second half was harder as the temperature was in the 80s and sun came out strong. The only sun we saw on my entire vacation to Hawaii. Again, I endured, rain will not set me back. Finally, the Vermont City Marathon 2009. It rained for a good majority of the race. It wasn't flooding rain, it was more annoying than anything, as the forecast was supposed to be perfect marathon weather. I PR'd in that marathon, I loved it!
So now we come to June in Massachusetts. I swear it hasn't stopped raining. I am not totally complaining, as we are having cool weather unlike the rest of the country where summer has begun in a hot way. It has been in the 50s and rain, rain, rain. Today I set out to do my 14 mile medium-long run. I again laced up my old shoes, that are killing my ankles, as I didn't want to ruin my new shoes. I hit the trail and the heavens opened up. I was soaked within the first mile. The miles went by pretty quickly, even though my shoes were sloshing and my clothes weighed a ton. I finished in 2:09 which was a decent 9:17/mile pace. My battle scars are much worse. My arms and legs are so chafed and I did use Body Glide. The rain was TERRIBLE! I am not going to pray for sunshine, because I know I will complain about my hot runs, but come on, can we have a lighter rain?