With an alien woohoo!! sound coming from me (really, is that you?!!!), I completed week 9, run 3.
I have coped with snow, ice, fog, wind, mud, puddles, embarrassment, shyness, secrecy, leaden legs, aches, headaches, and nausea, but today of all days it had to rain! The very second the five minute warm up was complete, it started to chuck it down. By half way, the wind had picked up so much and the rain was lashing at me, I could only just hear Laura say 'stay calm'. I couldn't hear what else she said. STAY CALM!!! Well madam, it's all very well for you to say stay calm, but you aren't here trying to stay on this wild hillside! Let alone run! I swear at one point the side of my neck froze, all feeling left and I tried vainly to hold my gloved hand up for some protection. (Make a note please, get one of those buff things...)
Oh, and then, blow me, I pass another runner! Are we mad?? I've seen her once before (on the one spring like day we've had so far). But today was special. She called out 'hello', and I said 'good morning'! It was special because today is my graduation day, and it was the fact that we were doing something that was truly ridiculous in hideous weather, and the moment of empathy was magical!
Then, in the last 5 minutes, I spot two people walking ahead of me. All snuggled up in their cosy waterproofs, walking boots and hats. And then!.......I start to catch them up!...... ...............and then!..............they move aside so I can pass!...................and then!.....................I OVERTAKE them!!..................blimey.............I really must be a runner!
With thanks to all out there who have encouraged me, made me laugh and shared their experiences. I couldn't have done it without you.
Thanks also to my doggie, my running partner, who has looked after me. Her 'which way now?', 'can't you go any faster?', 'oh, is it time to go home already?' faces have never failed to entertain me.
This has changed my life, hope it changes yours.