And....WHAT rain....and wind...and horizontal hail...! I hate being out in any sort of rain. I'm the least "out doors-y" person I know - or was - so how come I loved my wet run?! I didn't even find the first 10-12 minutes hard today (the banana I'd eaten between breakfast and my run?) despite the rain getting heavier each minute... I'm still very slow, but my pace was better today, too... Then at around 13 minutes it started bucketing down...but I didn't want to give up when I felt I was doing so well, so struggled on as the rain turned to horizontal hail, obviously, coming straight at me... I was so cold, wearing my completely inappropriate everyday leggings and baggy top (both cotton jersey) that I could barely hold my iPod...which was stuck on one track (luckily my favourite!) presumably through a mixture of shock and cold... At 20 minutes I suddenly realised I still had 10 minutes left to do, and my enjoyment started to wane - just a little! I actually wondered if I was being really foolish - should I stop and try again tomorrow? However, I have managed every single run without having to stop or have a second attempt, so I didn't want to stop part-way through today's either... I was literally soaked to the skin by that point and my feet were soaking and squelching, and my glasses were so wet I had to take them off...but my hand was so cold I could barely hold them...but it was SUCH a pity to stop... I still don't understand why I was loving it so much, and didn't feel as tired as usual even though the wind was against me. Not the last 5 minutes though... I actually thought the rain had stopped my TomTom watch because the seconds seemed to be going soooooooo slowly and I really was frozen. The last 2 minutes was a real challenge for me - I don't think I ran so much as staggered - but my watch finally showed 30 minutes and I realised that (yes, still far too slow) I'd ran faster than I've ever done before! So here I am, with just one run left before I complete this programme, and so excited about it all. Ridiculously excited that even drenched to the skin I felt exhilarated, when in January I'd do anything to avoid going outside in even a shower, and with a coat and umbrella, too!