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Long Run Long Drive

Posted Apr 17 2011 8:34pm

With the possibility of a marathon in my very near future I’ve increased my weekend mileage to help answer the question, “to run or not to run”.   I originally wanted to run the longer of the two weekend runs on Sunday, but The Weather Channel report changed my mind. 

Saturday temps were in the 30’s but it felt so much warmer to me.  I was comfortable most of the distance and tried to push more of a race pace to see how my body would react.  Overall another fairly consistently paced run.  I started to feel a little tightness in the left piriformis around mile 12 but with a quick stop for stretch I was ready to continue on.  After a good stretch, some food and shower I didn’t even feel like I’d run 15 miles.  Good news to me and my hope to run the Memorial Day Marathon.  

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Yesterday afternoon I took the long drive into Boston to meet up with some amazing bloggers, some of whom will be running the Boston Marathon, at Cambridge, 1 , near Fenway.  It’s a perfect place to grab your not your average pizza before or after the game.  The party was hosted by Lizzy and Kimmy .  

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With Cambridge, 1’s pizza

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Kimmy’s Cupcakes

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And prizes and goodie bags provided by some amazing sponsors: Pretzel Crisps , CEP , NUUN , Justin’s Nut Butters , ibex , New Balance , City Sports , and South End Athletic Company it was a good time to meet and mingle with others who love running just as much as I do. 

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This morning’s run was a bit tough to start.  I felt a little tight and tired from yesterday’s run, drive and standing around for 2 hours chatting about all things running but by mile 5 my muscles said thank you.   This is the second weekend in a row that I’ve been able to see a consistent pace forming.  I find this very encouraging and my confidence as a runner continues to grow. 

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Tomorrow I am excited to be heading back up to Boston to cheer on those lucky enough to secure a bib for the Boston Marathon.  Good luck to all those amazing athletes.

I’m Listening:   Do you find group settings a challenge or something you go into happily?

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Closing Thought:  If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone.  A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.  -Samuel Johnson

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