I ran today. Week 2, Day 2 of Couch to 5k.
Sidenote: I think the reason I never completed C25k before was that I never thought of it as actually running. I refused to think of myself as a runner while I was doing it because I wasn’t running the whole time. So it was just something I was doing in order to maybe become a runner. This time, regardless of how long I’m running for or how far I go, I am running. It’s not almost or maybe. It is.
Back to today’s run though. It sucked. I woke up to rain and it wasn’t entirely surprising as they had forecast for it. But by the time I got up, it had stopped and the sun was out. Yes, the ground was wet and it was a little chilly I thought this would be perfect exercising weather. You know, sunny but not too hot with a bit of a breeze to keep you from exploding. The sky was clearing and I laced on my shoes and headed out.
I could feel my heartrate climbing pretty quickly so I decided to increase my warmup time to get me to the flat for running sooner. I thought this was a smart idea. As I hit the first running interval, it started drizzling. Lightly, not enough to annoy me too much. I ran through and started walking and wondering if I should turn back. I decided that it wasn’t raining enough to be a problem and I should be more hardcore.
The heavens heard me. The heavens were upset that I didn’t consider their rain hard enough.
It started to rain harder.
Then it stopped.
Then it started again, even harder.
Then it stopped.
And then, then it POURED.
I gave in for a bit and stopped under a shop awning to wait it out. Please consider that I was not in rain gear – I was wearing yoga campris and a white t-shirt. Luckily, it was a thick white t-shirt.
Eventually it slowed down again and I carried on running. It was still raining until I got to my cooldown. Then it stopped and the sun came out.
I struggled through every single one of the running intervals today. It was not fun. But I’m really glad I did it. I’m proud of myself. And I’ll go out again on Thursday and maybe it’ll be good and maybe it’ll be tough but it’ll never be bad.