This made our afternoon. My first ever medal rack. Now I just need to figure out where I packed the rest of my race medals and run some more races to fill up the slots.
Cat cookies are a fan favorite at our house.
My mom drove me up to the airport and Brooke will get some quality grandma/cousin time over the next two days.
I will be FaceTiming with her once every hour too:)
See ya later Salt Lake City.
I had a lot of time on my hands at the airport (have I told you my family’s thing on getting to the airport way too early before a flight?) and so I did some major stretching on the ground. I didn’t get any weird looks from people walking by;)
And then I met up with the girls.
Our first stop was for donuts of course.
Followed by a wild and crazy night of talking.
I don’t know why I was thinking about this but the other day I was remembering some of my college guy friends and how a group of them would do one 5 mile training run and then go run the St. George Marathon. They did play a lot of basketball but they never did any structured running training for the race. They were sore for WEEKS after the race but it was always super crazy to me how they could just go and do a marathon. Do you know anyone that has done that before?
For my first marathon training cycle I ran 3, maybe 4 days a week with a lot of spin teaching thrown in. For Boston last year I did 5 days a week and 6 days a week this last fall for my marathon. I think when the long marathon prep runs are involved my body does best with 5 days of running and 2 days of rest (Sunday and the day before the long run). How many days a week is perfect for you when training for a race?
Keep the running accomplishments coming! Usually I post them on Friday but this week I am sharing them today! Send your accomplishments and a picture (if you want) to email@example.com
Clark!!! “Ran a cold 5k today and PRed with 25:59. Also 3rd in my age division, for old guys. It was my first race of the season, and first since New Years Eve (on ice and snow).”
Lindsay!!!! “On April 2nd I finished my third and hopefully NOT my final half marathon. The journey to this half marathon was not an easy one at all. I struggled with digestive issues and was diagnosed with severe IBS-D and had to miss a few runs because my stomach and my body simply could not handle it and to cap it off I found out the week before my half that I have early stages on arthritis in my knee. But guess what, I didn’t let that stop me. I still finished my race in 1 hr 59 min 18 sec which was a whole 35 minutes faster than my previous half. Let’s just say I am one proud runner!”
Beth!!! “My friend Sarah and I ran the San Francisco Rock n Roll Half together this morning (4/3). Sarah and I met in grad school when we both lived near DC and ran in the morning twice a week together for a year. She’s the best running partner and a wonderful friend; I’m always motived by her positive attitude and love of running. We both live in CA now and are so stoked to be able to run together again. The race was a SUPER hilly course but a beautiful run through the city and over the Golden Gate bridge. I finished in 1:35 and Sarah finished in 1:50… there’s no better start to the day than running races with friends!”
Eva!!! “On Easter Monday my friend and I ran a quarter marathon around the Haar castle (Haarzuilens, the Netherlands). (I’m wearing the purple top). It’s about 45 minutes from our home. It was a beautiful course but it was very windy. I don’t mind wind really, in our country of windmills we have a lot of it, but it was a tough race for me. The last kilometer a lady behind me was cursing, I may have thought some things like that, but it irritated me that she was saying those things out loud. It’s hard to think positive thoughts when someone behind you is saying negative things. Anyway, I was glad to be done, and a couple of days later I’m happy with my time.”
Karien!!! “My kiddos (4 and 2) and I recently did our very first race with the double stroller: The local Diamond 5 km. We had a rough night on the night before the race, with a rowdy neighbor partying until the sun came up, but decided to go and race anyway. And boy, are we glad we did! We put in a hard, but steady effort right from the start, and tried to keep it up throughout. Since the 5 km race started with the 10 km, it was hard to see our placement at first, and great was our surprise when we came to the turn-around point and turned around first…! We expected a fleet-footed late comer to overtake us at any moment, but very surprisingly that never happened- we won the darn race! My little girl and I giggled like school girls, while Baby J, in true Baby J style, slept through the whole thing… A lifetime high for sure!!!”
Neil!!!!! Written by Tracy:) “This is my husband Neil at mile 8 of his first half marathon this past weekend. He was having major issues with his left knee at this point in the race but refused to give up. Neil just began running consistently the last 4 months while he trained for this race. I have been a runner for many years and was so excited for him to start this running journey. He was disappointed by his final time but I am beyond proud of this accomplishment. He didn’t give up despite the pain. He is awesome to me!”
Who does stroller running? Single? Double? Who has in the past?
-In california I would take Brooke out for my easy runs and she sure loved it!
How many days a week of running do you need to prepare for a race?
What do you do with your race medals?
Any food recommendations in Vegas?