Paying it Back to the Running Community

On Sunday, Erin, Tracy, and I met to cheer on the runners of the Loudoun Half as they closed in on their final half mile of the race. It was fun seeing our MRTT and Cruiser friends out racing and being on the other side of the cheering/encouraging spectrum. We had a blast and later met a few of our runners friends for breakfast. It’s tough work cheering!

Erin texted earlier in the week to say she’d make signs for us to hold and I may have suggested this exact sign. 😉

 

It was fascinating watching as two police officers directed traffic at this four-way stop all the while keeping the runners safe as they crossed the intersection. More than once, drivers got very confused and got reprimanded by an officer. We watched, horrified, as one runner almost got hit by a driver not following the officer’s directions.

 

Our Tenth Annual Cruisers’ Easter Bunny Hop

Ten years ago, my friend Jerome and I created the first Cruisers’ Easter Bunny Hop. We wore rabbit ears and if memory serves me correctly, Jerome made cotton tails for us to wear. We started on the W&OD Trail before weaving through our community trails for an “Easter egg hunt” in Bill’s and my back yard. Rather than eggs, Jerome and I had hidden packets of Sports Beans (affiliate link) and Gatorade, enough for each runner. The following year I simplified things and brought baskets of goodies to hand out in the parking lot prior to our run.

At yesterday’s Bunny Hop, each Cruiser received an egg filled with jelly beans and an egg filled with M&M’s. Reeces eggs were awarded to the three youngest Cruisers and used as prizes for running trivia questions. The large bunny – Speedy Bunny (affiliate link) – was the grand prize, but only the three youngest Cruisers were eligible to play to win! Don’t judge, I happily play favorites with the kiddos!

 

One of my favorite things about our Bunny Hop is that a new generation of Cruisers has made this an annual event. The little girl in the front ran her first 5K yesterday!

 

Part of our Bunny Hop included running to our new bench for its official unveiling with the Cruisers!

 

Injury Update

I had my MRI on Wednesday and will get my results at my follow-up appointment with my spine doctor. Overall, I felt pretty good this week with a little less of the foot/shin numbness. Ironically, I had quite a bit after lying in the MRI tube.

 

And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…

 

Running

My mileage total hit 16 for the week which thrills me based on where I was just a few short weeks ago. Tuesday and Thursdays runs were solo, but I made up for it with a very social Saturday morning run!

 

Biking

I only got on my spin bike (affiliate link) twice this week. There were two other times I had time to ride, but both times I just didn’t make it happen. That’s all on me, but sometimes I just need to do nothing…

 

Strength Training

No major changes here – three sessions and feeling fine!

 

Yoga

As always, thank you, cobra pose! Seriously, this is doing wonders for my back!

 

It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

 

In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…

 

  • Questions:
  • If you’re part of a running group, do you have any spring events that you do each year?
  • When was the last time you cheered at a race? ~ I really don’t spectate races that often. I need to work on that!
  • Did you race this weekend?

 

And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!

 

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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb