Mothering Sunday Long Run or To Infinity and Beyond!
One of the things I love about long runs is the time to think. No matter your goals on that run there is always thinking time. Long easy paced runs give your brain even more time to process you end up thinking about everything from this weeks meal menus to the state of British Politics. This Sunday when I left the house it was beautiful cold but beautiful. I started by Heading through town then out along a road I wouldn’t normally take on a weekday. As with a lot of our roads compared to the Mainland they are narrow windy and small verges. As it’s the main road into our town on weekdays it’s generally too busy to run on unless I want to spend a lot of time jumping into verges or risk my safety. Sunday mornings it is quiet though with the odd car that normally gives plenty of room for the Sunday Runner.
So as the Sun hit the sea I started thinking about this day. Mothering Sunday (or Mother’s Day as it’s known) is always on the fourth Sunday in Lent in the U.K. Traditionally children give their Mother’s or Maternal figure Cards, presents and flowers. Historically it was traditional for Children to return to their Mother Church in the middle of Lent (Laetare Sunday) those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’.
I’ve alway’s known it as Mothering Sunday, so is it Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day? Well as above Mothering Sunday is on the fourth Sunday in Lent. When you call it Mother’s Day in reality you are referring to the American day which is May 8th as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
In these Day’s of commercialism it’s sometimes hard to wade through days like this. Sometimes the pushiness of the day almost forgets the reasoning behind them. It can also forget those like myself who’s Mothers are no longer with us or the Mother’s who have tragically lost Children and those who may not be seen as a ‘Mother’ but who’s Mothering is given to many in non traditional ways.
As I grind my way up a steep hill my thoughts go to the beauty of the day and how lucky I am to live and run here. Life is never perfect but you can always take the best from your environment. As I always I look forward to next weeks long run and where my brain will take me ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’