Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Virtual Running Date No. 3

Good morning Crushers!

Welcome to this week's virtual running date. Grab your sneakers and at least two layers of clothes because it's still snowing! I can't believe it, but I think it's because my brain is all "Hey weather, it's Holy Week. Little kids don't want to hunt for Easter Eggs in the snow." My rational self remembers that this is Wisconsin and it can snow at anytime for any reason.

If we were running together this week, I might be a little frazzled. My weekend was packed with volunteering for the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation on Friday, going to a family wedding shower and then having dinner with friends on Saturday, and then brunch with my husband's family on Sunday. It was crazy, but we still managed to sneak a 4-mile run in on Saturday.

This week is going to be crazy again. Joining Christians all over the world, we will be participating in many Holy Week services. For those of you who are not sure what Holy Week is, here is a brief description:
Holy Week is the last week of the season of Lent from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter) including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. During this time, Christians commemorate major events including the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with palms strewn on the ground before him (Palm Sunday), the institution of The Lord's Supper or Communion (Maundy Thursday), and Jesus' betrayal, trial(s), crucifixion and death. Many, but not all, Christians may also celebrate Holy Saturday or Saturday Vigil. The brand new week is begun with Easter which celebrates Jesus' resurrection.
It's not all Easter eggs, bunnies, ham dinners and lamb shaped butter. Yes, we will have a big party with Steve's extended family on Saturday and then my extended family on Sunday, but we are also a part of almost every service this week with choir. We'll be busy! How about you? Are you celebrating this week?

It is going to be hard to keep up with running this week with all of our obligations to be here or there, but that's the nice thing about running: the road will be there when you can get there. Flexibility is a necessary part of training for a race. You can move around some of your runs. Just so long as you keep running you'll be fine! I'm not saying you should skip two weeks and then run 10 miles. That could hurt.

Speaking of flexibility, if we were running together today, I would tell you about this beginner yoga routine that I found online. Anyway, the series includes just a few moves, but it feels really good after a long run. Added bonus: I can reach my toes, and almost reach past them to the floor. Whoo! I haven't been that flexible since I was a high school cheerleader.

If we were running together today, I would share this new product I found thanks to my friend Hannah. It's a wonderful lotion that as tea tree oil and peppermint oil. This company, Earth Therapeutics, makes a whole line of products for happy skin and happy feet. Not only do those things promote circulation to make achy muscles feel better, but it just plain smells awesome! I love it!

How about you? What would we talk about if you were my running buddy today?

Coming soon: baked meatballs

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