Spring’s coming in style this year with a solar eclipse, Friday morning. While I won’t be able to witness the full eclipse like the UK and most of Northern Europe, I’ll be able to peek at a partial eclipse.
It’s easy to see how people freaked out that bad things were coming during eclipses. I remember the 1999 total solar eclipse. Everybody had special eclipse glasses only for it to be overcast (someone made a fortune selling those glasses. I probably I still have them somewhere, carted over 3 countries, even after major clear outs. Or I could have them confused with the early 3D glasses that came in cereal boxes that I probably still have. I’m definitely showing my age here!)! As the moon completely blotted out the sun even with the clouds, boy it did it turn cold and dark! If you do get the opportunity to see it, whatever you do, don’t look directly at the sun. Bad things will happen. To your eyes.
Rainy day Saturday and break dance burpees at the gym. I should be working on full burpees (with press up) for Spartan Race obstacles you want me to do what? (30 burpee forfeit if you can’t do an obstacle) but wheres the fun in that? Break dance burpees add spice. Perform a regular burpee. Before squat thrusting back to jump, stay in plank, roll over to your right, until you back in plank, Burpee, repeat rolling left back to start. Way more fun than full burpees and I’m sure I’ll be needing a plank roll somewhere in the race.
Cycling to the gym I got lucky with a break in the rain. Coming back a different story. Leaving the gym it started to spit. By the time I’d unlocked my bike, it got heavier. I didn’t want to wait it out as I’d planned to go to the movies (which I didn’t as I messed up the dates. I checked screenings earlier in the week and got excited as Fast and Furious 7 tickets were on sale. What I didn’t realise until I double checked while inhaling late lunch to leave on time, is that they were pre sale tickets for next month, but were listed on that Saturdays screenings. Eh? Anyways, that’ll teach me not to ignore the red saying advanced tickets. I got excited okay). Within 2 minutes my jeans were drenched. I’d packed my raincoat and was grateful I did.
Sunny skies Sunday. While I’m not training for a half marathon or full, I’ve been increasing running distance. Mostly out of curiosity how far I can run, I’m bored with 14km as long runs and building endurance for the Spartan Race. I set out for 16km, thinking I can handle 18km. Taking P’s advice of a varied play list and See Fleck Run Senior Gazelle’s advice of picking distances when you’re ready, at 8km I decided to run the extra 2km. The varied playlist helped. A lot.
New views helped too!
And what’s a girl to do when she couldn’t go to the movies on Saturday? Take her bike to the car wash on Sunday. To hose down mud from racing to see the movie that’s not yet screening. Adventures eh?
Have you ever witness an eclipse, solar or lunar? What’s your trick for getting through long runs?