Today is my rest day. Sometimes I do some easy yoga, just to work out the kinks, but I try not to do anything strenuous. Normally, Monday's are spent driving. I start on the road with my kids in tow around 11:00 and get home close to 10:00 at night. Monday's are long days. But today I stayed home. We've had rain/ice/snow all day long and everything was canceled. I thought about yoga this afternoon, but decided that it was a rest day and I should rest. So instead I read a book.
I started Murakami's book Saturday and finished it today. It was a good read. I now have the urge to run a race, and may even consider a full marathon one day. I've only done half's, but who knows. I haven't run a half in over a year and a half. I don't really care for races. I just love running, and the last race I did I felt so much pressure, that when it was over I was burned out. But now I'm thinking that maybe this fall I could give it a go. The last race I did was a spring race. I like that one, but I hate trying to train all winter. The kids' schedules are too crazy, and combined with the weather, it's hard. But I think if I did one in late October or early November it would be good. I may go for it.
On other matters, Lent is starting on Wednesday. I haven't practiced Lent in a long time. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I am not anymore. I attend a Protestant church. But I'm feeling the need for Lent. Lent is supposed to be a time of afflicting the soul, repenting of your sin, and seeking the Lord. I believe I'm in need of that. Growing up, Lent meant giving up something for the 40 days (Sunday's don't count), and not eating meat on Friday's. I think I will do close to the same. I think I will give up alcohol (I love my evening glass of wine) and sweets. Friday's will be a true old, fashioned fast day (Pre-Vat II), with no dairy, eggs, or meat. I've picked some books for Lenten reading. The first up is The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen
I had thought of starting another blog just for my Lenten contemplations, but this blog is about the journey to me; the journey of me finding myself, and peace. It's about me becoming stronger, and this is a part of that. So for the 6 or so people who pop onto this blog, I hope you're not offended, but this is my space. :) I plan on using it to get my thoughts out about running, kettlebell, yoga, maybe my kids and homeschooling, and about my spiritual growth.