I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was spent with friends and family with some running in between. I felt very in the moment all weekend, and subsequently forgot to take any photos at all, highly unusual for me. The array of pictures in this post includes some of my favorite stray images! :)
I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute and talk about love, since that seemed to be the theme of the weekend (and we didn’t even go to a wedding!). We celebrated the love between my parents and toasted their 33rd wedding anniversary! They have set such a great example and I am beyond grateful for this as I approach my own wedding date in April. On Saturday, we went to a barbecue in the suburbs and talked with two newlywed friends who just got back from their honeymoon in Croatia and Italy. And on Sunday, Mark and I visited the new home of recently-engaged friends as they were still unpacking.
Toronto, two weeks ago:
Throughout the activities this weekend, I was touched by the happiness by those around me. It was certainly uplifting, and a reminder that a peaceful world starts at a micro-level based on basic human happiness and connectedness. My friends that found their partners for life are truly fortunate, but as Steve Jobs has said, “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking”. When you continue to live the life you want to live and have a sense of self, then things will fall into place.
On a run this summer:
In terms of running, I did manage to fit in two runs this weekend. At the start of the weekend I was recovering from a bad cold, so dialed down my long run from 16 miles on the schedule to a “mere” 12 on Saturday. The heat of the day felt fatiguing and after I hit the 10 mile mark I could only squeeze out a couple more additional miles. Those last steps were exhausting! On Sunday, by contrast, I ran 6 rainy miles which felt great.
I think my legs will feel better by next week, a solid three weeks after my trail marathon in mid-July. I know that running a marathon while training for 26.2 is not ideal given the toll it takes on your body and the subsequent recovery time becomes lost training time. Also, I’ve heard arguments that your body does not see an increase in training benefits in runs longer than three hours, and I ran my trail marathon in roughly 5 hours. However, running a trail race is something I have always wanted to do. I am so happy that I did it and it was an experience I won’t forget. I read somewhere that “your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.” Well, I have easily convinced myself that I made the right decision to run the trail race, I have no regrets. We will see what the new month of August brings!
Recent fun runs in NH:
What was your favorite memory from the weekend?
If you’re training for a race, how did the runs go in this summer heat? What’s your favorite tip for summer running?
Where is your favorite place to run?
What are your August running goals? Personally, I’d like to get back into marathon training for Wineglass, focusing on some mid-week speedwork and getting in a few solid long runs with fast finishes. I am excited to see how this plan pans out!