This time of year, I think it’s really common to get in a little bit of a fitness rut. The start of the holiday season, some increased intensity at work, important social events, and the colder weather have all been challenges for me the past few weeks. I’ve been working out, but I haven’t made it to Orangetheory, I skipped a few longer runs, and two weeks ago I even walked to work all week instead of running. Although I’m doing well at the Tea Streak and the Vending Machine Challenge, and really haven’t had many sweet treats apart from birthday cake(s), I’ve been taking in more calories than I’m burning. (Binge eating clementines probably doesn’t help.) I can feel some of the pre-wedding weight creeping back, which I was hoping to avoid because I know that I run faster and easier, with less risk of injury, when I’m a little leaner.
This past week, I’ve been working on crawling out of the rut!
Turkey trot results are at the bottom, but first, a list of things for which I am thankful on this Thanksgiving.
In no particular order:
Begin with the obvious–running, because it is been incredibly rewarding and therapeutic for me the past 10 years, through many ups and downs. It has helped me clear my mind, battle my insecurities, improve my health, alleviate my anxiety, have fun, discover new places, meet amazing people, be a leader, learn humility, push my limits beyond what I could have imagined, feel like a part of something bigger… the list goes on…
Last but not least in my historical recap of races past: the Gore Tex Philadelphia Marathon! This race was a special one because it was my husband’s first (and he says, last) marathon! He never wanted to run a marathon until a few of his friends were talking about entering the New York City Marathon lottery. None of us got in to NYC (that lottery is BRUTAL), but somehow we took that momentum and he signed up to run in Philly–his hometown. (For the record, I’d still love to get into that NYC lottery with or without my husband!)
Time of Year: Sunday at the end of November, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Location: Philadelphia, PA. Start and finish are conveniently located at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Size: 30,000 runners across all events. Half-marathon offered on the same day as the marathon.
Weather: QUITE chilly in the morning. I rarely check a bag, but I did for this one because we had so many layers to store. It sure was hard to part with those sweatpants 30 minutes before the race… Once we got running, the weather was perfect.
We are in the homestretch of my historical race recaps!!! I’ve already covered marathons I ran in my first seven states, plus my most recent state, West Virginia. Just three more recaps to cover: Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon (Race 11, State 8), Ocean Drive Marathon (Race 12, State 9), and the Philadelphia Marathon (Race 13, Repeat of State 6). First: the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon, which I ran in 2013…
Size: 12,000 runners across events, including a half marathon.
Weather and What I Wore: It was great running weather–clear skies, not windy, comfortable temperature. I wore too-short shorts (which came back to haunt me, and necessitated handfuls of Vaseline as a I neared the end of the race), a short sleeved tech tee, and a hat. I started with a long sleeved tee on top but ended up with it tied around my waist for most of the run.