Physical training is of some value, Paul says, but the fact is that I live my life not valuing it at all. For a while now I've wished I was exercising, but couldn't figure out how to get it done in my routine. Like anything that we finally commit to doing, I've been thinking about it for a long time. I've also been inspired by others such as Susie, Tina, Amy R., Michelle L., Diana, and even Hillary, my neighbor who I see running on a regular basis. I've never been much of an athlete, but what encouraged me most of all was hearing Tina's and Michelle's stories and realizing that it isn't about having intrinsic athletic skills (although they might, I don't know). It is about training.
I found this training program for beginning runners and have started following it.
Mr. Edwards is also back to walking and running, but he chooses the treadmill in the evening.
A big reason I have never exercised regularly is boredom. The treadmill is unbearable to me for this reason (Mr. Edwards watches a movie, but that doesn't always distract me enough!). However, I'm listening to podcasts as I walk and run through our neighborhood and the thirty minutes seem to fly by. A Sunday sermon by John Piper or Mark Driscoll is about 50 minutes; hopefully I'll work my way up to running for a full sermon.
Meanwhile, Mr. Edwards is also listening to the Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology podcasts I mentioned in an earlier post. He listens in the car to and from work and now our dinner conversation is dominated by doctrinal discussions, with a little bit of the day's politics thrown in.
We booked up our iCal calendar for the school year with most of our recurring commitments--BSF and AWANA, for example--and at the same time booked up Thursdays for "Daddy-Daughter Night." Mr. Edwards is spending each Thursday with one of our daughters, switching off each week. Last week he baked cookies with Sydney. Tonight he'll be baking a cake with Hope. It might be that they go out for dessert, or maybe just a board game at the dining room table, but it will be one-on-one daddy-daughter time.
I'm praying that we can follow through on these changes to our routine and stick with them, even as our school year gets busier. What shifts are you making this fall?