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A Runner's Dream Morning

Posted Sep 08 2012 3:51pm

This morning is what I call a runner’s dream.

I woke up at 5:00 AM (yes, that’s right) to eat/digest for my 10-miler. This worked out pretty well for me last weekend, so I figured it was worth the early wake-up call again. I’m definitely glad that I did, because it was super humid and hot come mid-morning here in Philly.

Anyways – the run was excellent. I didn’t bring Joe’s my Garmin (since he was using it this morning) but I think it was below 8:30’s. I feel like I have 10 miles “down”. I also used Tailwind during my run once again (tangerine flavor) and loved it. It’s my new favorite.  

So I was back home by 7:30 – how sweet is that – to get in some stretching and take a quick shower because I wanted to attend Athleta’s free Yoga for Runners class this morning! If you have an Athleta nearby, check out some of the free classes they offer. In celebration of National Yoga Month, they’re offering free yoga classes on Saturday mornings throughout September.

The class was exactly what I needed. Not very difficult – just a few sun salutations and core-work during the first half. Then the rest of the class was basically guided stretching for runners complete with double pigeon, folded forward pose, etc. with a lot of focus on the hips and glutes. Yes, please.

THEN I went and got a pedicure! There is a special place in heaven for pedicurists who have to work on runner’s feet. My pedicurist today must have noticed me flinch when she began massaging my heel/arch and worked on the area very gently and longer than usual. I love her.

So all before noon, I ran 10 miles, took a Yoga for Runner’s class, and got a pedicure. WIN.

I was obviously starving when I got home and made this super salad.

I threw basically all the fruits and veggies in our fridge into it because I’m trying to get rid of everything perishable since – we’re going to Europe TODAY! Yup, Joe and I are heading to London and Paris for a week of rest, site-seeing, eating, drinking, and FUN. I am so, so very happy.

Packing the essentials. Vive le fromage!

Because of this vacation, I’ve incorporated sort-of a “break week” into my training cycle. Since both Joe and I are marathon training, we still want to run a bit (we even mapped out some London/Paris routes!) But these runs will be more about fun and site-seeing rather than workouts. I feel like my training is coming along okay (considering where I was 2 months ago) but after last week’s 12 miler and first speed/hill workout, my legs could use a break. I’ll be back at it next week, well rested and ready to crank into high-mileage.

But for now, I bid you farewell. When I go on vacation, I like to take a break from cell phone/email/internet and really turn off the brain.

Have a great week!

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