Sunday is a ‘chilled’ kind of day in our house. No alarm clock. When my son wakes up he tries to get as much ‘I-pad’ time in as possible before we wake up so he is as quiet as a mouse ( and much quieter than our hamster). When I do wake I take a cup of tea and maybe a bagel to nibble back into bed. Only when I’m fully awake do I start to rifle through my drawer and think about what I want to wear on this run, look at the weather, think how many layers I want to wear.There’s time for all this because it’s Sunday. Sunday runs are the most comfortable. Maybe I review old routes and see what best fits my planned distance, the weather etc or take the time to adjust the settings on some electronic gizmo, choose a playlist or whatever. (Maybe another cup of tea?)
Then I set out. The great thing about Sunday runs is that they are almost invariably done in daylight. The weather may be rubbish but I can see where I’m going and go where I like. Sunday is often a long run, and short of a lunch engagement there is no pressure to be back ‘on time’. So I follow my nose and off I go. It’s usually quiet, but often there will be other runners or cyclists also enjoying the early morning. If it is early morning there are pale skies and clouds to enjoy, watery sunlight, birds, deer, rabbits for company, unbroken icy crusts on normally muddy routes. No worries, do what I like, maybe stop and take a few pictures on my phone.
And then when it’s all done, time back home to catch my breath, drink my chocolate milk, put my glasses on and squint at my numbers. Then I like to drink tea and think about it. Think about my pace, my distance, progress, calories – yes I get a sense of satisfaction from having had breakfast and still being in negative calorie balance! Or less often noticing a slightly faster pace than before. A hot shower, time to bumble around messing with my hair and clothes, or maybe not, just slouching around in my joggers and playing with joe.
Nice relaxing Sundays. Nice relaxing runs.
Would those Sundays be so great if you didn’t work so hard for the rest of the week?
what makes a good run for you?