Having put off W8R3 yesterday, I felt obliged to go out in the rain this morning to complete it. After all, I won't be able to run over the weekend as my husband is going to be away.
I can't say I was exactly raring to go this morning. I had a late night last night (I've recently started my own business as an independent Pampered Chef consultant and I had a Show last night) and didn't get to bed until getting on for midnight. My darling little boy, however, has no concept of lie-ins and came toddling through to see us at some time before 5am. He got into bed with us, which meant no more sleep for me. At 6am I decided that enough was enough and, anyway, I had better let the chickens out. So it was a little after 7am that I went out for my run in the rain.
I would quite like running in the rain if I had some decent wet-weather running gear. But I don't. My coat is, correction: was, showerproof but not very breathable. I have nothing remotely showproof for my legs. And despite it being a wet morning, it's still quite warm and I would have preferred to dispense with the coat altogether. Maybe that's the answer.
I put my headphones in and turned on the podcast and nearly deafened myself. OK. Turn the volume down... That's better. And off I went, forgetting my bottle of water, which I had carefully filled and put down. Did I mention that I didn't get enough sleep last night? I realised about halfway through my warm-up walk that I didn't have my water and decided that I could probably manage without it as I don't drink while I'm actually running (I'd probably either choke or spill it).
Once Laura told me it was time to start running I set off. I kept a reasonably steady pace and still had breath to greet the local dog-walkers with a cheery, "Good morning!". Last time I ran I got almost 9 times round the rec. Today I thought I might manage to make the full 9 times round. In fact, I managed just over (and I do mean just). So that's Week 8 done and dusted.
I've got two days off now. Week 9 beckons. I know I can do it, having done the Race for Life on Sunday. I'm glad I decided to keep running for the duration of that as all the runs I have left on this programme are of shorter duration than the 5K I did on Sunday. At some point I hope that I will be able to cover 5K in 30mins but I don't have to do it next week. If I keep pushing for the final minute I should gradually manage to pick up my speed for the whole run. I have seen such a huge improvement in my ability to run in a few short weeks that I am sure that if I keep doing what I'm doing it won't be too long before I can run 5K in 30mins.