Friday’s Workout:
The Plan: 4 Miles – Slow
The Actual: 4 Miles @ 9:54 (With my 6@6:00 crew – always starts the weekend right!)

Saturday’s Workout (flipped with Sunday)
The Plan:  Rest Day
The Actual: Rest Day!

Today’s Workout:
The Plan: 11 Miles – Steady
The Actual: 9.52@ 9:15

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Really, Allison, 9.52?  You couldn’t squeak out 1.48 more?”  To answer your question, no, I could not.  Physically, yes, although my pace probably would have taken a nose dive, since 6 has been my longest distance in like 3 weeks, but time wise I could not as I had to be home by 6:45 and 4:30 was the earliest I could bring myself to set my alarm for – so there!  Normally the weekends work perfectly, I run early on Saturday’s and my husband plays soccer Sunday mornings.  However, my son had other plans Friday night and decided he wanted to keep us up from 3:30 – 5:30 (AM!!!!!) so Saturday morning did NOT happen for me and so we both were on the docket for this morning.

Juggling our “activities” is sometimes difficult but we make it work.  There are multiple reasons we “make it work”, but the crux of it is, it makes us both happy, we get some “me time” and therefore are much better parents and partners.  Our desire to be outside DOING something is one of the reasons we love each other so we support it.  And by support, it means that your husband send you links to articles like this “Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen” with the body of the email saying nothing more than, “You need to do this.”  LOVE THAT MAN!  And because I love him, I did it, and am now telling YOU, you need to do this.

As the article mentions, our phones give us a very false sense of security.  We think, “I’m running with my phone, if anything happens I will call for help.”  Well friends, what if you’re unconscious?  What if you’re in a car accident and they take you away in an ambulance and someone finds your phone afterwards? What if?  In essence, yes, the cell phone has been a great tool in improving our security/ability to call for help, but it’s not the end all be all.  If you haven’t clicked on the article above, in essence it recommends two applications for your phone that allow you to save emergency contact information, and additional medical information if desired and/or needed, in a format that you can then set as your lock screen wallpaper so without knowing your passcode, someone could quick garner the information they needed to reach your emergency contact and/or any special medical condition information.  I ended up using the $1.99 ICE (In case of Emergency) application from Minute Apps, LLC but my husband, he’s cheep and smart (dangerous combination!), just made a quick graphic in PowerPoint and it definitely gets the job done.

screen shot of ICE app - from Minute Apps LLC
screen shot of ICE app – from Minute Apps LLC

Medical ID bracelets are good too, but I really like the amount of information you can have at your fingertips and share really quickly in case of an emergency.  If you have a more complicated medical condition, this form of storing your information is especially good for you.

It’s easy to get a little too comfortable running our normal routes, but remember, they don’t call them accidents because you plan for it to happen.  Stay safe out there and in the words of my ever wise husband, “YOU NEED TO DO THIS!”

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