Happy Friday to all! Hope you’ve had a great week and are staying positive, as the weekend is near! It’s darkest before dawn, so hope you are gearing up for a mix of fun plans/workouts/runs/family time/friend time/alone time over the next couple of days.
This week commenced with sadness in the wake of the terrorist attack in Brussels. My heart breaks for those touched by this tragedy. In my seemingly powerless little corner in Boston, something I can control is the persistent feeling of empathy for those around me, and a promotion of kindness. Spreading peace and compassion to neighbors won’t curb violent attacks around the world, but helping others on an individual level might be the right amount of influence to deter those considering violence.
A photo I took when I visited Brussels a few years ago:
And in my little corner of Boston, staying positive always has a somewhat uplifting, peaceful effect on me. The following personal discoveries/realizations/instances happened this week:
-Reconnecting with old friends on the phone and in person:
Catching up with friends, particularly ones whom you haven’t interacted with in a while, can be heartwarming. Especially when the conversation flows so naturally, and feels like nothing has changed since you last spoke with them. I know that you cannot force friendships- some just stick and others fade over time—but the ones that do stick with you throughout life are worth investing in! It was so great to catch up with several of these friends recently, starting with last weekend.
-Signing up for Marine Corps Marathon 2016!
I ran this DC-based marathon last fall with Mark and had such a great experience. Check out my recap here. The Marine Corps puts on a fantastic, memorable, “marathon of the monuments” in October. I am already signed up for Wineglass Marathon in early October, but when the lottery for MCM opened up yesterday, a rush of emotions and inspiration hit me and in a moment of weakness I signed up. I know I have #runnerproblems, but this will be a great excuse to spend a weekend down in DC, and I could see this being an annual tradition. I think we find out around March 31st whether we make it in to the race, so fingers crossed and stay tuned!
Taken after MCM in 2015:
-Running every other day (i.e.- not 5-6 out of 7 days):
At first I thought that this plan would leave me antsy on my days off, and restless to run more. I was wrong. This plan has been so great for me as I am preparing for Boston in a few weeks, and I am thankful that my coaches suggested it. This week, I ran on Monday, Wednesday, and this morning, all easy paces. My legs have felt refreshed at the beginning of each run, which is a change from the continuous fatigue in prior weeks. As my coaches said, the only damage I could do at this point would be to over train, so I am opting to be more conservative at this point.
-Listening to UltraRunner podcast:
Talk about inspiring. Listening to interviews of those who have completed ultra-marathon distances- races I have not yet attempted (but have committed to), is incredibly addicting. They say that the more something scares you, the more you should pursue it- a mentality that explains why I have signed up for my first ultra this summer. This recent interest in the ultra distance actually caught me by surprise, but I am eager to learn as much as I can via podcasts as UltraRunner. I am sure that once I actually toe the line and embark on my first ultra this summer, the reality of the distance will be messy and challenging—less glamorous than the stories of these top-notch ultra-marathoners, but I think that the challenge will be worth it.
They say that you should love the process, and not focus on the result. This is my current mindset as I continue to train for Boston marathon and other races, and I am happy to stick with that. In terms of the process, I have found that run-commuting is an excellent way to get in the miles I need without interfering too much with my life. I have to commute to work anyway, and I’ve found joy in commuting in a pair of running shoes instead of on the MBTA. Run-commuting is quicker, cheaper, and even more environmentally-friendly. It offers you a different perspective than you would from your car or train. Run-commuting takes a lot more planning, but it’s so worth it. Luckily I am able to shower at a gym close to my office, and I then change into work-appropriate shoes that I leave in my office.
Sister and I with our run-commute backpacks during warmer times!
-Last but certainly not least: Getting very excited about heading to Paris next week!
I’m heading to France next week and have spent this week finalizing the plans for our 9 day trip. Mark and I signed up to run the Paris marathon before I was offered a Boston bib by Clif Bar. But since I am running Boston in a few weeks, I’ve decided to only run half of Paris.
Paris marathon shots from their site:
Looks fun, right?! Two friends are joining us for the trip, and I am so excited to explore this city and surrounding area for the first time. As I start to pack for France, I have been checking out some packing tips, and came across this fabulous one in the blog “Oh Happy Day”.
Loving this list! I think I will add a few more jackets and a few less dresses given the weather, but you get the idea. Do you have any packing suggestions for France? If you’ve travelled to Paris, what’s your favorite attraction? Any must-do’s? Please send your recs!
What is your takeaway from the week? Try anything new and exciting?
What are you most excited about the upcoming weekend? Have a great one! xo