Today was one of those days where a boat may be more appropriate than a car. I wish it were to say go sailing, but I am referring to commuting in the rain. The rain started last night and kept on falling. The clouds stayed even when the rain stopped. As much as I wanted to stay in bed, I got up to go to the gym and run. My ankle held up very well since I iced it and have kept a brace on it. Running speed intervals is one of my favorite things to do. It is like injecting endorphins right into my system. When I finished, I was happy I didn’t stay in bed.
For me, the weather can impact my state of mind. Or at least enhance or suppress it. After the frustration of yesterday, waking up to the rain and a few other hurdles just did not create a cheerful atmosphere. By the time I finished my run, I was both happy I did it and also disappointed that it was over and it was only 7:30 in the morning. With the rain falling outside, I knew it was not enough of a fix to last throughout the day. With the half marathon on May 20th, I am tapering a bit and not lifting for the next two weeks. The reduction in workouts also contributes to my mood. So when I got home this evening, it was cooler than it has been, cloudy and the 10,000 Maniacs are singing About the Weather in my head. I looked up the video and the one I have linked really struck me. The song talks about someone in a state of depression who doesn’t want to get out of bed on a rainy day. But watching and listening to the song, it is just the opposite. It is a very up beat tune and Natalie Merchant (in 1987) is dancing and hopping around the stage. That combination “woke” me up.
I am still a bit down, I am going to have those days. But I am not staying in bed and I am not giving up. I was reminded this morning to be strong and not give up. Sometimes the strength comes easy and I run my 400 meter repeats with ease. Other times the strength is just in getting up, getting through the workout facing the day. Today was a little of both. Just like the song, it may be a cold and rainy day but there is still something up beat and something to dance about. If anything, the fact that I woke today. As for where on earth is the sun anyway, I think I see it peeking through the clouds. My reward.