May 1st is celebrated as May Day in different ways in different parts of the world and for different reasons. I looked up the origins here and I found as many explanations as there are cultures. Coming from Jamaica, where we have holidays to celebrate almost everything you can think of, we don’t celebrate May Day so I’m not really familiar. I mean when I was a kid, I used to see this maypole plaiting dance done
but it was done at another of our festivals, usually Independence, I think. But I was a kid sooooo long ago, I might be mistaken. Please correct me if I’m wrong. (Mummy, are you reading? Let me know if I got this right)
Anyway, this post isn’t really about how other people or cultures celebrate May Day. Today I just wanted to acknowledge that it’s May! April is over, and I survived the MODRUN. I woke up this morning thinking, “I don’t have to run today!” I love to run but the pressure to run everyday was a little much and I don’t want to run because I have to, I want to run because I want to. Maybe someday I’ll do another running streak but right now, I am celebrating the return of “Run for Love” where I run because I love it.
A full MODRUN recap is coming soon. For now, I am focusing on a new goal. So yesterday, I pulled up a random workout on Pinterest and tried it and liked the way it challenged me. So today, I did another workout and I think that’s going to be my new challenge for May – MayDay – a different kind of workout every day for the month of May.
Which brings to mind one of the reasons for the MayDay celebrations, which is a day of remembrance of labor organizations. So MayDay recognizes hard work.
In the wonderful world of the outdoors, MAYDAY means something entirely different. When you’re in trouble, you yell MAYDAY and whoever hears knows you need some help. So Mayday in that context means you’re asking someone to come give you a hand. MayDay can be an invitation for you to give me a hand and recommend workout challenges for me.
So that’s the MayDay challenge that I’ll be doing this month. Look for me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. I’ll be posting the challenges I’m undertaking and maybe you’ll want to incorporate them into your own workout regimen.
What are you looking forward to this month?