This week is looking like rain, rain, and more rain here in the Big Apple. I have to say, rain is my least favorite weather. I think I didn't have this bad attitude until I moved to New York and had to walk to work. But there's just something about being wet all day long as a result of it that makes me a bit surly. It's also why I tend to wear skirts when it's raining (so my pants don't get all wet). I might complain about the cold, but it just doesn't seem like as big of a deal to me as rain.
Which is why it was crazy that I excitedly woke up at 5:18 this morning to get dressed and go running in the pouring rain. I will say, however, that I did drag my feet a tiny bit while getting ready to head outside. Not because I didn't want to go, but I didn't want to be standing around waiting for the workout to start. I pretty much wanted to get there and just go to the back of the line and if I missed a stride or two, it wouldn't be the end of the world!
That's exactly what happened. I arrived just a minute or two late, but I think I only missed one (at the most two) strides, so I still got a decent warm-up and didn't have to stand around in the rain. There was a very small group of Terriers this morning (not surprising), but the majority of the people who were there are part of the specific marathon program, so even though I'm not part of that group, I guess it shows that marathoners are probably the only people crazy enough to get up and out there!
Because we were such a small group today, Spencer had us all do the marathon plan workout instead of having just a few of us do the regular Terrier workout. The "beginner" marathon workout today was 4 x 1000 meters. I have to say I wasn't overly enthused about this, but I know the speed work stuff is good for me and it's a nice change from "regular" running, so the only thing to do was start running.
I ended up doing the intervals with another girl on the team and it was actually really nice to have someone there at my same pace. We chatted a little bit, but mostly it was nice because it gave me a reason not to drop my pace. I felt like I had to keep going and I definitely pushed myself a bit harder than I would have if I'd been doing it on my own.
The rain definitely let up as time went on and of course by the time I was heading home, it had stopped completely. I don't mind. I figure there could be rain the day of the marathon, so I might as well get out there and practice a little bit. After getting home I promptly took my orthotics out of my shoes and stuffed newspaper in my shoes so that they'd dry out quickly. I'm hopeful they'll be all ready for tomorrow morning!
Running (Run There / Strides / Run to the S)
Distance: 2.50 miles
Running (4 x 1000 meters)
Distance: 2.50 miles
Total Distance: 5.00 miles
So, since the threat of rain is still out there, although it wasn't actually raining on my way to work today, I wore the grey skirt and purple shirt. With purple heels. Yup. That's right. I actually think it works okay, too. Which might mean that after only 9 days of this challenge, I'm off my rocker a bit?
They really don't look all that purple though, so it's probably not quite as bad as you were imagining in your head!
I'm also wearing my elephant hair earrings. Drew got them for me in Namibia. The left one is what they look like from the front, but I took a picture of the back so that you could see it better. I have a matching necklace, but that just didn't work with the neckline of the shirt today.