These are my shoes. Soaked.
There's been a rain cloud over Toronto for a few days now and it's staying for the next 5 days or so (thanks to this creatively-named "Frankenstorm"... seriously?). I've been feeling quite hardcore lately as yesterday I biked to work in the rain and I was proud I didn't bail and take the streetcar.
It's sunday which is the day of the long run for most runners. And again, it's pouring. No big deal. The first step out the door is the hardest. The first step into the cold rain and away from the warm coffee, blanket, couch, and magazine (which is Runners' World. I am a nerd, I know). I looked out the window and saw a group of 6 people go by - running. In the rain. I thought, if they can do it, so can I. Which is really the whole purpose of this Challenge Blog.
I don't mind getting wet at all when I know it's going to happen. I can actually enjoy it. A hat keeps me from squinting and feeling like I'm getting defeated with each raindrop in my eyes. I think I actually ran faster today and even added in 5 - yes 5 - hill sprints in the park near the end of my route. I will admit that if it was sunny out, that definitely would not have happened.
But the best part about getting out in the rain is the puddle jumping. You know you're tempted sometimes to just sink right in the middle of that little pond to let your inner kid shine but it's not really practical when you're on your way to lunch. Now, if you know you're going to get wet, accept it, and embrace it, you're in for quite a treat. I chose the bigger of the two right outside my front door and loved every second of it.
I challenge myself... a lot.