Thank you all for your input on my dilemma over the two training plans for the marathon. I am leaning towards the Runner’s World one at this point, but I still haven’t made a final decision.
I have a lot of random things to share with you today (hence the title… and yes I had to look in the dictionary on how to spell that word)! First of all, my sister-in-law is currently visiting a friend in Boston. She sent me a few pictures of a memorial that’s near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and I wanted to share them with you.
The Boston community and the running community as a whole amaze me with their resilience. Boston will run again and I cannot wait to see what next year’s race holds. You can continue to support those affected by the events by donating to the The One Fund Boston.
This morning I met up with my running buddy, Kim, for a long run. We ran 10 miles together on the Huckleberry Trail. I have shared with you in the past how much I love this trail. I especially love it on Saturday mornings. There are so many people out biking, running, and walking and everyone is so friendly.
|I am a terrible photographer. Sorry about the sun spots.
It was a great day for a run. There was hardly any humidity in the air, which is pretty much a miracle for Virginia weather in mid-June. I felt great today. My legs felt strong, and that really helped boost my confidence after a tough race last weekend.
Recently I have gotten into a bad habit. I will find myself questioning whether I have any business training for a full marathon every time I have a bad long run or race. I know there are good days and bad ones, but I still can’t help it sometimes. Today was a good run that made me feel confident in my ability to train for a full.
I think I will make a point to visit the Huckleberry Trail at least once a month during training. There is just something about that trail that boosts my energy and my mood. Kim and I both agreed today that we tend to feel better on this trail than on the Dora Trail and New River Trail we often run on. I think it’s got something to do with the Huckleberry being paved, whereas the Dora and NR are crushed gravel. Although the crushed gravel is probably less impact on our joints, I just feel like I run better on pavement.
After my long run I hung out with Hank and Scout, who acted like they were the ones that ran 10 miles this morning.
There is actually a funny (to me) story behind this picture. Hank (the black and tan) was laying on the floor asleep in the above position. Scout was over in the corner chewing on a toy. All of a sudden she got up, walked over to Hank, walked a circle around him while looking down at him, and then laid down behind him in the same position and went to sleep. Monkey see, monkey do.
I found the July issue of Running Times in my mailbox this afternoon! I am looking forward to spending time tomorrow reading through it.
Doesn’t the guy on the cover (Evan Jager) have a sweet running outfit? Rockin’ the sweat band!
This evening Barry and I attended a friend’s wedding reception. They had their wedding last weekend down in South Carolina, but held a second reception today since they also have a lot of friends and family in this area. The bride and groom arrived in style on one of the groom’s tractors.
It was a very relaxing evening at the river with barbecue and a live band. The band played bluegrass versions of everything from Elvis to Charlie Daniels to John Denver.
Once it got dark they got a fire going and they had all of the ingredients for smores. You better believe I was the first adult roasting a marshmallow, along with about 5 kids under the age of 10.
If you have made it to the end of this post, congratulations! It was a long one.
Do you have a special place you run/walk/bike where you feel your best?
What was your workout today? Anyone racing??
All you married folks: Did you have an indoor or outdoor wedding?
We had ours indoors. I didn’t want to add the weather to my list of things to worry about.