Anybody out shopping this morning? I am – it’s a family tradition. It’s more about the people watching and enjoying all of the holiday decorations than any real shopping, especially I’m largely done with my shopping.
The vibe is so much different now that so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving day (which I refuse to participate in), but it’s still a part of kicking off the Christmas season for me. Plus, all the walking and hauling packages will count as cross training today.
Even though I’m not running today, this Friday Favorites definitely has a running theme. First up, a couple of race recaps that had me literally holding me breath for the runners. Christine had such a gutsy run at her marathon this month, recapped here, that me rooting for her as I was reading the race recap, even though I knew the run was already finished and behind her. The mother-daughter-runner bond she has with her mom is just so lovely and heartwarming. I love that we get to follow along with their adventures over at We Run Disney. I also really liked that she had a second recap of the thoughts and emotions she had following the race here. I know what she means about looking forward to the race but not really being “up” for it – I felt that way about Des Moines too.
I also loved reading about Jen’s redemption race here. After a disappointing experience in New York thanks to crummy weather, she had a wonderful race experience in her home town. As a mom of a little guy, I was particularly teary reading about her son crossing the finish line with her (and literally got a chill right now typing that, remembering the sweet pic of her and her little guy). I was so excited to read her story and you should read it too if you need a lift!
The other article I recently read that gave me a lift was this post on Competitor from Meb about Why We Run. What struck me the most that his reasons to run, as an elite runner and role model, are remarkably similar to all of ours further back in the pack. We run because we can and because we want to get the best out of ourselves. My “best” is definitely something different from his, but I love that we all share such similar motivations.
I really appreciated yesterday’s slightly warmer weather for my one woman turkey trot, because we’ve already had some seriously cold weather. The arrival of winter means more treadmill time, especially when it is icy outside. I don’t want to risk injury because a) it hurts and b) the Rebel Challenge will be here before I know it. O also gets anxious about me running when it’s snowy outside, so I’ve promised him I’ll hit the treadmill when surfaces are unstable. This article does a nice job covering the advantages and disadvantages of running on the treadmill, as well as some tips for optimizing your experience.
As a lot of us are coming out fall racing season, I thought this essay about finding new ways to measure your “weight” was a good reminder that the number on the scale isn’t the only or best way to measure your success. It can be frustrating to have run so much all fall, only to see the scale creep up. If we aren’t careful, carrying that frustration into the holiday “eating” season can lead to a cycle of bad feelings and bad choices. Be sure to keep all of your fitness gains in mind! There are many measures of success in life.
That’s a lot of running on my mind this week, isn’t it? It’s probably because I feel slightly guilty about how lax I’ve been in following my little Rebel Challenge training plan! That race will be here in just 6 short weeks. I definitely need to get my running mojo back on track. (Okay, speaking of mojo, one more link – check out this post over at The Proverbial Plot thickens about going back to basics with training and learning how to run. Such a great idea! I’ve definitely been toying with that idea myself, as a running goal for 2015.)
Here’s hoping you guys are all having a great Friday, whether you’re fighting the crowds at the mall or shopping online or blissfully ignoring it all to watch football like my husband. 🙂 Have a safe and joyful weekend!