So each new year our family sits down and makes "goals" for the year, family goals and personal goals. One of my personal goals was to exercise more this year. In my mind, this goal meant trying to work out 4ish times a week instead of the two times a week I am currently doing. Not amazing, but for me this was a goal that would be hard, but manageable. Oh, and it should be noted, that for exercise I go to the pool.
So a random little fact here, all of my husband's siblings and most of their spouses were and are runners. Their father is the High School Cross Country coach and has been since their first child was in High School. A lot of them still get up early each morning to run. Even my kids love to run. I am the odd ball in the family when it comes to choice of exercise . . . can you see where this is going???
Back to the story. Unbeknownst to me, my Brother-In-Laws were making similar goals. Their goals were to run a race this year. Well, my husband's older brother took that goal and went to the extreme with it. After a few emails and some gentle prodding, the family is now preparing to run the Redrock Relay. A 187 mile, 36 hour, Relay Race with 12 members on a team that run from from Brian Head to Zion. Hoolay!!!
When I first contemplated this idea, I was excited. I figured this was a great way to meet my goal and have a ton of fun in the process training with my BIL's and SIL's. So I was all "I can totally do that". Sure, I have never ran a 5-K (I have swam that far, but never ran) but I can run 3 of them in a day and a half. Then I looked up the actual course and found it is a lot more like running 3 10-K's. What have I gotten myself into?? My excitement is turning into some serious nervous excitement.
So here I am . . . a blank page when it comes to running. So, all of you quilter/runners, do any of you have any great running training methods???? I don't think I could run a 400 without getting winded so I am talking like super beginner training. Do I just go out and start running??? Should I start now????
I think this means I will have to adjust my "schedule" some more, I wouldn't want running time to interfere with quilting time ;) Maybe I can convince everyone that our team name should be something quilty related like "Running with Scissors" or "A Running Stitch". We could even wear cool patchwork shirts. Look how cool this patchwork shirt from Oki-ni is. I could totally make 12 of those and maybe use Riley Blake neon's so we won't have to worry about getting hit in the middle of the night ;)
Have a Happy Quilting (and possibly running) Weekend!!!