I was absolutely itching to get out for W8R1 tonight. I was feeling really worked up and annoyed about recent life events which are entirely out of my control unfortunately, and wanted to use my run as a destressor.
Well I thought I had run in the rain before, but it was nothing like tonight. It was emptying down! I almost hesitated, but knew I would regret it, so off I went into the dark, rainy night.
I welcomed Laura back tonight as it was the first run of the week and I must say, I didn't get annoyed at her. The tunes weren't too bad and she provided just enough encouragement.
I did a bit of a mixed route tonight - usual area but different residential streets which held my interest.
To all those who are apprehensive about running in the rain... I. Had. An. Absolute. Ball. I really enjoyed myself and was grinning from ear to ear like a mad woman, splashing through the puddles. I had so much fun and the technical top and tights i had on meant I only felt slightly damp. My face and hair were soaked but it was really lovely to get cooled down. I must admit that part of the appeal was feeling like a "hardcore" runner and imagining people in their cars thinking "wow, she must be keen, running in that!". I was and am so keen; I really enjoyed myself tonight and the 28 minutes whizzed by! I felt like my "inner child" had been reawakened and I cannot believe I found so much joy from being out in the rain.
I actually ran out of street, so had to run down some cul-de-sacs along the way so I wouldn't reach my house before the time was up. This made it difficult to calculate distances, but rudimentary measuring suggests around 4.34km in 28 minutes. Off the pace for 5k in 30mins for now, but I don't mind. It's something to work towards.
While having my post-run shower, I realised all being well, I will graduate next weekend. This thought made me feel very sad, as I have enjoyed the process immensely and don't feel ready for it to end!