Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.
– Jim Fixx
That’s exactly what this weekend was about: PLAY! And I love how in the quote above trying hard and putting forth effort is still connected with play because you’re taking a break from the day-to-day events. What a great thought! It started with a BBQ dinner and video games (play, anyone?) after catching up with friends on Friday night, involved sleeping in on Saturday and a long run in the sun and ended with a Mother’s Day celebration of good food, fellowship, kite flying and biking around the river.
I was so excited for Saturday’s long run because the schedule was 19 miles, it was supposed to be beautiful out and because my husband agreed to bike with me as I ran! With a backpack full of a few snacks (a GU, an orange each, a bag of 5 sour patch kids + some cereal and 2 water bottles) and the trails before us, we set out for this long training run before the Banff Marathon is upon me! A few thoughts on the run…
It.was.hot. Like, smokin’ hot! And while I’m not complaining about the temperature, I did wish we’d started a little sooner than 11:30 am. The good part of that? We got some good Vitamin D on our skin and in our blood and shared the trails with MANY people taking advantage of the good weather. I always love that!
Mikey was a great supporter. He checked in with me to give me water and see how I was doing and snapped some pictures – more than I anticipated (see below). It was fun to have another person along for the trek and hearing him hum along to songs from his headphones made me smile (most the time. On the hills sometimes I found it annoying). 😉 I couldn’t believe he agreed to go with me seeing as I am WAY slower than a bike, and I cannot express my thanks about that enough.
We had mapped the run to his parents’ house – and then some to make the total distance of roughly 30 km or 19 miles that I needed – and somehow along the way I thought I would end up going further than 19 miles. The run, in the heat of the day, took me 3 hrs 24 min, which at first I felt great about but after mapping it noticed it was “only” (I know, I know – it’s all relative when you’re training for a marathon!) 19.57 miles, not the 20 or 21 I thought I’d for sure run. In other words, my pace was even slower than I thought. A bit discouraging, but I’m banking on an early morning cooler-weather run and the excitement and adrenaline rush of race day to push me a little faster.
All in all I felt great about this running adventure, despite it being crazy-hot (27*C or almost 81*F) and my time being slower than I anticipated. What an accomplishment! The longest I’ve run to date…that’s pretty exciting.
But instead of talking about it, check out for yourself what 30 km of running around Calgary actually looks like (I have Mikey’s creativity and patience to thank for this one!):
It was all about play, even in the hard moments and slugging-it-out times on those pathways, because every run helps get me closer to my goal of crushing my first marathon! That’s #whatsbeautiful – #iwill keep pushing forward and doing so with joy as I find the play in these moments.
Sunday was beautiful! Not only the weather (we’re on a roll out here!) but mainly the people. Church was great followed by a BBQ at our place with Mikey’s parents and our friend Donna for Mother’s Day. [Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the incredible moms out there – it’s perhaps the most thankless but powerful “job” in the world! We love you guys and are so thankful for you!] I’ve yet to snag the photos from the in-laws’ camera, but here is a glimpse of our time playing today after some good food:
Biking together, flying kites and just enjoying one another’s presence and the good day – it was wonderful! We came home and Mikey and I got a TON of work done around our place: laundry, dishes done, changed over our winter to summer wardrobe, sorted through more GoodWill clothes…Love that accomplished feeling!
It was a great weekend of play and accomplishments and enjoying people – so thankful for days like that! How was your weekend? Any long runs or times of play of your own this weekend?
Have a great start to the week! Live well & be well,