I sit here today scrolling through social media as my running friends finish the 41st Marine Corps Marathon and I can’t help but be a little nostalgic for days gone by… I ran the MCM ten times and it holds the honor of being my very first marathon. Yesterday, I shared my ten favorite memories from those ten years, and today I’m hearing of new memories shared by friends. The weather here in the DC area is miserably hot for a marathon and my hat is off to every runner who crosses that finish line.
This week’s training was great. My runs were strong and pain free and I attribute how well I’ve been feeling to five-minute daily planks and mostly shorter mileage now that my longer fall races are behind me – I do have three 5K’s between now and the end of the year…
On Tuesday, my friends Erin, Tracy, and I met for a rare mid-morning run and celebrated with a jump shot. I also may have hit the Lululemon website afterward to see if Tracy’s gorgeous plaid shorts are still available. They’re not.
Annoyed that I had on a lavender shirt for my jump photo in front of that gorgeous fall tree on Tuesday, I returned on my next run wearing fall colors. Oh, the things we runners do!
Saturday morning I promised my long-time friend Beth that I would join her for a part of her twenty-mile run as she trains for the Philly Marathon. We met at 6 AM and completed ten miles before I handed her off to two more Cruiser friends who were joining her for six miles. I felt so good and it was such a perfect running morning that I continued with them for another mile.
After leaving from my friends, I headed back toward the parking lot and along the way I bumped into two other friends, Barb and Lupe, both training for the Richmond Marathon. I ran a bit with each of them and then wrapped up my morning with a few strides over the parkway bridge.
Yes, I may complain occasionally that I can no longer run marathons, but let’s face it, I’m a very lucky girl who after so many years of pounding the pavement can still run thirteen easy miles while chatting the entire time and maintaining a 9:45 pace. I am, indeed, grateful for every step.
Here’s how the rest of my week went down…
Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included:
- Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga For Beginners (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Intermediate Yoga (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning For Athletes (affiliate link)
- Teeter Hang Ups Inversion (affiliate link)
Cameras used for blog photography include:
- Have you run the Marine Corps Marathon?
- Do you add planks into your fitness routine?
- Did you race this weekend?
Have a great week!
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