I finally did it! I went out for a run despite the weather. During my Couch to 5k training, Thursdays became a traditional running day for me. I typically don't have other commitments and I have no classes to teach so it's a perfect day to take care of myself. The weather hasn't been on my side lately and every Thursday evening, I found myself indoors (two weeks in a row). I didn't want to let another week go by without a Thursday run. After much research last week and help from some of our readers, I finally felt prepared to run in the rain. My five-minute warm-up walk was brutal. Every step I took was a step further away from my comfortable bed and my mind almost won the battle. I just kept thinking, "turn around, this is crazy, GO HOME."
But I didn't. I thought about everything I read and about the millions of other people who run in the rain - some who I know personally - and I said "what the heck, you're going to finish what you started."
Sure, it sounds dramatic NOW but I was totally being dramatic in my own head.
You're going to get wet and it's going to be cold but I can see why so many people say they have their best runs in the rain. Perhaps its the sense of accomplishment . . . I don't know. Today, I ran two miles instead of three because I let my mind get the best of me but I will say that my breathing and my stamina has improved tremendously since my very first run and I want to keep this up. I can't imagine slowing down now. WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO? Oy vey!
When I returned, I immediately changed out of my running gear and into comfortable clothing for a stretch. I decided to finish off my exercise with 50 sit ups, 50 push ups, 50 squats, and two one-minute plank sets. As soon as I laid out the mat, the cat came out to "play." She tortured me throughout the workout. See for yourself:
This cat is relentless. She only does this kind of thing when you're busy.
And she's bossy too! My boyfriend didn't catch a good shot of her laying under my chest as I did push ups BUT she was there. Trust me.