#Janathon Day 17 – Weekends = Daylight Runs… right?

weekendAahhhh… The weekend. So many great things can be said about the weekend. Did you know, that in America – the first 2 day weekend from work that we have documented was in 1908 in a New England Cotton Mill? I found this out on wikipedia, which is on the internet so it MUST be true.

Wikipedia goes on to say  – “In 1926 Henry Ford began shutting down his automotive factories for all of Saturday and Sunday. In 1929 the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union was the first union to demand a five-day workweek and receive it. After that, the rest of the United States slowly followed, but it was not until 1940, when a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act mandating a maximum 40 hour workweek went into effect, that the two-day weekend was adopted nationwide”

There is your history lesson for the weekend 🙂

wpid-wp-1421589815499.pngSo back to other reasons weekends are so great – the time off work is pretty much covered above.  As a working-runner, the nice thing about weekends – is that I get to go running in the day light hours.  However, as my car has sprung a leak, so I spent a huge chunk of the day pretending I could do something about it.  This combined with the day’s shopping (Whole30 requires at least 3 stores for good prices…), meant it was dark when I decided to go running.


8:30 last night I strapped on my shoes – and headed out the door.  (I love the person who invented the headlamp.)  I decided a quick 15 minutes out, and 15 minutes back would do- as my wife worries terribly when I run at night.  My body was in to it.  I mean very much so.  The legs were tired – but sooooo ready to go!  I’m not sure where it came from, but I was cruising along compared to the previous days.  It felt good.

Surprisingly, I did see another runner out there at that hour…. And I missed an opportunity.  See, there are always these runners High-Fiving each other in ads and commercials.  I have personally NEVER seen or had this happen.  This runner coming toward me raised her hand as if in a wave, her left hand – the one toward me.  I raised my right to wave back.  As she went by me I realized she had left her hand up for a high-five.

Damn.. It would have been just like a commercial.

wpid-wp-1421589851590.pngI didn’t pull negative splits the whole way this time.  I was really cold for the first mile (hadn’t gotten my audiobook/gps tracker up and running before I left the house as I normally do), so I think I tried to get my body heat back!   Still, what a great run.

Legs are feeling my pushing from last night though!


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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9 comments on “#Janathon Day 17 – Weekends = Daylight Runs… right?
  1. You’ve inspired me….i am going to get a high five from another runner!!! Love a challenge!

  2. I barely get a smile from other runners I see, let alone a high five! My resolution for the week: smile at every runner I see 🙂

    • Robinson says:

      I try to always make a point to smile and wave… though at the end of a hard run, it may be a head nod and a grimace…. I figure we are all out there together, even if we run alone!

  3. stokiecat says:

    I always say hi to other runners. And nice dog walkers.

  4. Loupie says:

    I usually smile and nod at other runners. Will have to try and see if I can get any to high-five me

  5. […] it, but it was 6pm when I left the house. Did see two other runners when I was out. Neither high-fived me […]

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