Tomorrow I am supposed to do four miles and strength train, but I am going to have to switch that work out with Friday (my day off) and take tomorrow off because I have to drive to Utah to take my youngest to Shriner's to get his wheel chair. Wish us luck!
Ok, two quick questions and answers. :)
On Sundays do you run before church or after church?
Josh and I believe in honoring the Sabbath. We don't shop on Sundays, we don't work on Sundays and we don't eat out on Sundays. Sunday is always a family day and unless someone is sick, we all go to church every Sunday.
When I first started training for longer races and had to have a long run day each week, I quickly realized that Sunday was the only day that it would work for me. It is the only day that Josh is always home, and the only day I can get away with going out on a 2-3 hour run. I do have older kids that are usually home when Josh is gone, but I just don't feel good about being out of the house that long, especially with Noah's special needs. Some people may consider running on Sunday as breaking the Sabbath, but I don't. I have talked to Josh about it and prayed about it and feel good about it. Running is my mental "rest". I get up early and am back by the time Josh and the kids are having breakfast. I shower, we go to church, and we spend the rest of the day resting together. We go to bed early. :)
As for the timing, right now our church meets at 1pm (we share the church building with other wards so our time changes each year) so it is easy for me to get a long run done before church. Last year we met at 11am and I was still able to get my runs done before church (I get everyone's church clothes and everything else ready the day before). If we end up going to church at 9am next year I'll have to come up with a new plan. :)
Do you and Jenny still run together?
For those of you who have read my blog(s) for awhile you know that Jenny is my neighbor/best bud/running partner. We started running together when we signed up to be on the same Ragnar Wasatch Back team last spring, and through all of those days of getting up early and all the hours and hours and hours of conversation, we built a really great friendship. After Ragnar we kept on running together every day and decided to train for a half marathon, and then after the half we kept on running together every day and decided to train for a full marathon.
Pretty early on in the marathon training Jenny knew she wasn't going to be able to travel to Vegas to run the marathon with me, and yet she still trained with me to just about the bitter end. Unfortunately on the last 20 mile run of the training she hurt her knee, and between her injury and our nasty dark, icy, cold winters she hasn't been running much the last few months. She still lives next door but I miss her like crazy. She is an awesome friend and a wonderful person to be around, and there is nothing like starting off every day with a dear friend, running and talking.
She has been logging some miles at the gym the last few weeks and has some new shoes coming, so hopefully she will be back to running with me soon. We are on a Ragnar team together again this year (call me Captain!) and as spring gets closer and closer I get more and more excited about heading out on morning runs with Jenny again.
So for this marathon training I am on my own, but I am hoping Jenny and I will be running together again soon.
She says I will have to "be nice" to her when we start running together again because I have been training so much and she hasn't... BUT... I vividly remember the days when I was fat and slow and she would blow me away, so we shall see. Maybe I'll be nice, maybe not (just kidding Jenny!!!) :)
As much as I miss the company, especially on the long runs, I have to say that I think doing the marathon training on my own has brought a new level of mental toughness. This week was the first time I went on a really long run all on my own, and those 17 miles ended up to be great (COLD but great). I was pleasantly surprised. :)
Here is Jenny and I at the top of the mountain pass we like to start our long runs at. This was in October, one Sunday morning around 5:45 am. :)
|Me in green, Jenny in pink :)|
How about you? Do you run on Sundays? Do you run with a friend? A group? By yourself?
And let me just say, if you have never run in a Ragnar Relay you are SO missing out. Seriously, it is the most fun you can have in running shoes (keepin' it PG here people). :)