Happy Friday! Friday always feel extra exciting with a holiday weekend, and that combined with the beautiful weather (no rainy runs for 10 days now!) and spring racing season means there’s a lot to celebrate this week!
I registered for the California International Marathon again this year! I loved everything about the race – the organization, course, weather, size, and crowd support. I’ve been imagining running those final miles over and over again since the race in December. Plus, Ryan and I loved soaking up California sunshine during the dreary months.
A December marathon works well for me in terms of training. I don’t do well running in the heat, so summer is best as a off-season for me. (And yes, I realize that Seattle doesn’t get “hot” during the summer, but it’s amazing how easy it is to adapt to a cooler climate). Training won’t begin until August, so summer will be spent running in order to maintain my base, give my body a bit of a break from hard training, and enjoy running. Ryan will be running is first half early this fall, so I’ll also get to train with him on his long runs.
I have the goal of PRing, but I don’t have a time goal in mind. Maybe I’ll break 3:30, maybe 3:25 – a lot depends on where I find my fitness to be once training starts in the fall. But for now, I’m just enjoying maintaining my mileage and running for the sake of running.
The 60-acre dog park on the Eastside may very well be one of my favorite places ever. There are just so many cute puppies there and I enjoy letting Charlie and Ollie frolic off-leash (except the one time that Ollie leaped over a fence into a restoration area and pooped before we could stop him). The pups just run and run and run! Ollie and Charlie will run in circles as if racing on a track until Charlie catches up and tackles Ollie.
Maybe next time Ollie will conquer his fear of open water swimming!
Lately, Ryan and I have started the habit of reading after our Saturday morning long run. I always want to read but never make time during the work week, but curling up with a good book after a long run is so relaxing.
Ever since I was a child, I loved historical fiction. I probably gobbled up books on Tudor England at far too young of an age. I still love historical fiction (and historical non-fiction), especially if it doesn’t sugarcoat the narrative. Currently, I’m re-reading Shusaku Endo’s Silence, a book I read twice for classes in college. Reading for leisure brings a whole new perspective to a book – rather than analyzing I can immerse myself in the story. The book deals with a heavy, messy subject matter and includes some moments of stomach-turning violence, but it is a gripping, fascinating read.
And yes, Charlie is almost always on my lap when I read. Ollie tries to be a lap dog also, oblivious to the fact that he weighs twice as much as Charlie.
I graduated from college 5 years ago – which simultaneously feels like a long time ago and very recent. I still remember how much I disliked wearing that robe – there was so much fabric and in true Indiana fashion, it was hot that day! Also – why brown? Why?
The auditorium didn’t have air conditioning and I used my diploma as a fan. I also braided my honors tassels because I needed something to do with my hands – then and now I still fidget after sitting still for too long. I look so young. But I’ll probably say that about photos from now in 5 years’ time!
Many of my athletes are racing this weekend or raced last weekend and I want to take a moment to celebrate some of their accomplishments. I want to try highlighting my athletes’ accomplishments more each week in Friday Thrive, so first I want to say how proud I am of all of my runners for what they have accomplished so far this year – there have been some awesome races already in 2017!
From this past weekend:
Jill ran a PR at the Fargo Half Marathon!
Kirstie ran a perfectly negative split half marathon and PR’ed by 7 minutes at the Fargo Half Marathon!
Leah qualified for Boston and ran a 7.5 minute marathon PR at the Sugarloaf Marathon! You can read her thoughts about coaching here.
April ran a strong race and persevered despite an unseasonably hot day at the Capitol City Half Marathon!
Good luck to Janelle, Laura, and Jess, and everyone else who is all racing this weekend!
What are you currently reading?
When’s your next race?
What are your plans for the weekend?