Wow - I got sunshine. There are flag poles opposite my house. When I open the curtains I take a look at those flags - they're a really good indicator of wind-strength and direction and enable me to work out which circuit to run and in which way round - I hate finishing a run into a strong wind unless it's really hot and there ain't much chance of that at this time of year! So instant conclusion this morning - windy, cloudy and very wet - but hey ho - I'm looking forward to this run anyway because my previous one was so brilliant. So I sets out with a big smile and I'm trying out C25K + Stepping Stone which I haven't done before and involves increasing and decreasing the pace. The idea was that I would run a little faster... didn't happen - I managed to up the number of steps per minute but they must have been shorter steps because they sure didn't get me any further than my normal 30 minute runs. I confess to being disappointed but then I thought - hey well I ran for 30 minutes and the empasis has moved from 'can I do 30 mins non-stop' to 'how far can I run in 30 mins' - no question whatsoever about not completing - and this cheered me up and I smiled again and as though on cue the rain stopped, the sun came out and I looked out across the sea and thought - I am sooooo lucky and so glad I took up running - which only goes to show that if you smile then the sunshine will follow you and spread all the way down to your running shoes - which it did and I ran all the way home at a pretty decent trot So to anyone starting out on week 1 (which I was just twelve or so weeks ago) and if you are running outdoors, do not be put off by the weather, dark mornings or evenings - go for it, stick at it and it will change your life.
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