As I stood at the window this morning taking in the grey and drizzly weather, clasping a big mug of Earl G , it occurred to me I could just skip the running today,put the kettle on again, feet up....but I didn't . You see the lure of a run in the rain was too great.
I began C25K on 1st July and I've run 3 times a week without fail through the hot French summer,leaving home earlier and earlier to avoid being fried before 9am and until today I'd never had a rainy run day. So I donned my new Capri length runners (thanks Lidl, a great bargain from a few weeks ago) as shorts just didn't feel right today and off I went.
After the first 15 minutes my brain finally got the message through to my legs to quit complaining and just get on with it.That coincided with turning round and running into the wind and rain....oooh ,lovely to get that cooling breeze on my face,as I was starting to feel the heat by then. Wet and windy it might have been,but the air was warm and claggy ( is that a real word I wonder ?).So there was some splashing through puddles and some mud ( like being a kid again) and much sidestepping of slug life -where possible .
Was I glad I didn't give it a miss today ?..... oh yes, with knobs on ! The second half was lovely
When I got back I checked my distance-just 4.3km...well,I'll need to tweak my usual route a bit, maybe a few laps of the sports field by the little campsite( once the last of the die-hard campers pack up and leave) its right near the end of my route and would be quite an easy way to get up to the 5K target.
........and was I disappointed that I've not achieved 5K yet ? Well, yes momentarily - then I remembered I've come a long way since that first day of July and if I'd been told at the end of W1R1 that I would be capable of running 4.3km in just over thirty minutes I would never have believed it.
I may not quite be ' panthering' yet ( mucho respecto to you Juicy Ju! ) though that's something I can aspire to, I hope.
Meanwhile, I'm more like the reluctant tabby who needs a bit of a boot up the bum to get out the door on a wild wet morning and then is very happy that she did
Happy running cool cats !