So this past week has been a bit of a marathon (pardon my pun) as I prep for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC on April 27th. Thankfully I have overcome my major jitters from my first half marathon in February, but after hosting guests and overcoming the stomach flu, I’ve been a bit off my usual routine the past few months. It wasn’t until last week that I was able to revisit my usual training plan, so I am feeling a bit behind in my preparation. My standard week looks like this:
Monday: Stretch and core (primary focus on glutes, leg strengthening and core – my favorite are Michele Rogers’ videos!)
Wednesday: Cardio – typically elliptical for 30+ minutes
Thursday: Run outside for 3-4 miles (if weather is bad, I will use the elliptical for 30+ minutes again)
Saturday: Medium run 5-7 miles
Sunday: Long run 6-10 miles
Now that I have finally returned to this routine, I am hoping to get some solid miles in this weekend and taper a bit this week so as not to overexert myself prior to the race. I do, however, want to be able to keep up with my fav girlfriends with whom I am running the race! I will be running with three amazing women, the very same women who inspired me to start running in the first place! It’ll be our very first time ever running a race all together. To say that I am thrilled would be a massive understatement. In the words of my secret (but not so secret) love Neil Patrick Harris (aka Barney Stinson), “It’s going to be LEGEN – wait for it – [epic pause ensues] DARY!!!”
We’ve of course been planning this trip for months, and I am just as excited about the weekend activities as I am about the race itself. I arrive in DC Friday night, April 25th, and we plan on popping by the Expo (yay Nike gear!), then grabbing dinner in Arlington and seeing where the night takes us. The following day will be relaxed and rather fabulous. I requested a trip to a Lilly Pulitzer store. I have had to seriously sacrifice my inner, and outer for that matter, preppy by moving to Colorado, so I need to restock on some Lilly. I know I can shop online, but I am looking for more than just clothing. I am looking for an experience. We’ll also be getting some manis, followed by a light lunch. My friend Samantha thought it would be wise to then go to the new Nike and Under Armour factory outlets in Leesburg. One can never have too many options for running clothes… I think.
That night we’ll hit the hay early, but only after a fabulous dinner from my friend Justine. She is a bit of a master in the kitchen, and has a great, filling, well-balanced meal planned. The morning of, we will run our little hearts out, and my family (at least my parents, hopefully my siblings too) will be at the finish line cheering us on! Once we grab out Tiffany necklaces (I guess I can forgo a medal for a little robin’s-egg-blue box of awesome), we’ll collect ourselves and clean up a bit before heading to brunch at Masa 14. Every runner deserves a little celebration post-race, and this will be our last hurrah for the weekend.
It really is a dream come true being able to share this weekend with three of my favorite people, and definitely a bonus to actually have my family there to see me run. I was not a runner by any stretch of the imagination while I lived on the East Coast, so my family still wonders what happened to the Amy they knew. I think the moment I cross the finish line, with my friends by my side, and my family looking on, will be one of the best moments I’ve had. I know it’s one I will cherish, and I am so grateful for the opportunity!
What have been some of your favorite race moments? Is there a race coming up that you are especially excited about? Do you love running with your friends or hitting the pavement solo?