Originally posted August 22, 2011:
To be straightforward, most of us are just plain busy. Between work and other commitments with friends and family, we tend to forget that we all need time to relax. That’s the toughest pill I had to swallow this weekend. The good ol’ mom recommended chill pill accompanied with steroids and antibiotics prescribed to me from the emergency room doctor. Okay, my mom neither the doctor prescribed me the chill pill, but advice from friends and family made it evident I need to step back and take a breather. The past six months have just been go, go, go for me. Right now, I find myself four weeks deep into training for my first half-marathon in November. In the meanwhile, I am currently working a full-time job and a part-time job, while trying to spend time with Eli, stay faithful to my LifeGroup, attend to a garden, begin prepping to facilitate Financial Peace University at work, run at least three days a week, play on an outdoor soccer team, and all of this while keeping commitments with dear friends.
I think it was only a matter of time the God finally said, “Krystal, you are not superwoman.” So, this week, I am taking a break from just about everything to relax, catch up on some books, and bake.
Besides the fact the my Saturday morning run ended disastrously. Katie and I have found some fun ways to liven up our run. I am almost hesitant to share them, because I feel like they are such hidden treasures. First, if you are looking for a running app for your iPhone or smartphone, check on RunKeeper.com. It is pretty cool. You can add your Facebook friends that already use the app to your street team, that way you can cheer each other on, as well as track your miles/kilometers, calories burned, speed, and so on. You also get “badges” for longest runs, fastest runs, and what not. Check it out if you are looking for a new app. It also maps your run, so you can check it out on your phone or log in on your computer for all your stats.
Okay, so the hidden treasure. Check out RunningAlphabet.com. The goal is to run in EVERY letter of the alphabet. You can map out your runs prior to running them and then let the fun begin. If you are better at navigating you can try running to letter as you go. You can submit your completed letter to RunningAlphabet.com. Just follow the guidelines placed by the site creator on your letters.
Next week, after a little R&R I should be back to my training again. I will keep you all posted. If I have time. 🙂