It's been showering all day - so much I had to run between my car and the place where I had my job interview this morning - about a twenty yard sprint! I would've loved to run late evening (about 9), but I'm going out and would probably be exhausted...
So I looked outside, saw the rain had temporarily gotten lighter, got ready, and went for it.... but not before I had planned a route that I estimated I could get round in 25 minutes. I was bang on the mark with that (well, I actually ran a couple of hundred metres more).
My right calf is a bit tense - it feels more or less just like cramp, and I'm sure the pain will go away soon. And I've got a redux of an old pain in my right ankle, which just tells me I've been on my feet too long. It'll pass
I actually quite enjoyed it in the rain
I set off wearing tights (water-repellent), cycling top (breathable and you don't really notice rain - probably because of the sweat!, old rugby top, and fleeced-buff. The buff gets taken off just before or after the run has started; the rugby top comes off as and when - today it was 12 minutes in.
I've now broken my fear of running in the rain. I don't know why I was scared. The only annoying thing I can think of about running in the rain is that the rain helps sweat on the brow to run down into my eyes.. but this was only *really* bad when I was warming-down. And i guess it can happen with ANY good work-out. Apart from swimming - (can you sweat while swimming?)
Breathing was a bit of a problem from the off, I managed a 3/3 (breathe in for three steps, breathe out for three steps) pattern for the first couple of minutes, but then it just confused me, and I resorted to a cross between 2/2 and fairly uncontrolled patterns. Maybe I wasn't prepared mentally enough. I kept on thinking about it, but my breathing never got into a good flow for much longer than a couple of minutes hey-ho.
I still managed the whole route, with a consistent and faster pace than when I started running on this program. Total distance: 4.33km
Do I enjoy running? Not really, at least not when I'm actually running. I do love the sense of achievement and surprising myself with distances or even the ability to keep going... and the warmness of a shower when I get back and dried!