First, I wanted to share a quote that my good friend, Laura, shared on facebook. As I read it, I couldn’t help but shake my head in agreement, smile and get goosebumps. She’s 100% right – and she had said this BEFORE Emma Coburn won the first US women’s Olympic medal in the steeplechase yesterday.
“It needs to be said how incredible the USA female runners are. If you judged by the medals you’d be sorely at a loss – that doesn’t tell the whole story. Molly Huddle with an American 10k record on Friday. Today, all 3 American women placed in the top 10 of the Olympic Marathon – history made.”
This past weekend was one of the best I can remember. I took off on Friday – yay – and the day started with an early AM run followed by an amazing day at the beach. My parents, sisters and our own offspring drove to Long Branch – it was the first time my sisters and parents and I have been at the beach together in 20 years.
I love the beach. I grew up spending 1-2 weeks in Long Beach Island with my dad and sisters and some of my fondest memories involved those summertime weeks. I’m thrilled that the boys love the beach just as much as we did.
After the beach, we went back to my sister’s for pool time (because what else can you do when it feels like 115 degrees?!), dinner and birthday cake for my youngest sister.
By 8pm, we were all DONE.
No alarm set for Saturday (yay!) meant a lazy morning filled with coffee, playing school (the boys newest obsession which I LOVE – my oldest is the teacher and my youngest is the student) and just relaxing.
My sons and I then made the trip into Brooklyn to pick up our race bibs.
We got back just in time for me to hop on a Skype with Lindsey, Erica and Laura. Lindsey is celebrating her 25th episode (!!!) and I was honored that she invited me to be one of her three guests on her anniversary episode. We had a ball. Laughing, crying, smiling, lots of head nods – it was over two hours filled with amazing friends talking about everything and anything that came up: Olympics, running safety, life advice.
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pool and relaxing, watching the Olympics, playing games (in the air-conditioned house), laundry and some cleaning.
I had intended to get in 5-6 miles as a shakeout run on Saturday but the morning activities all took longer than I anticipated – so it got skipped. Not ideal since my legs always feel heavy when I try to race after a complete rest day. But I figured family time trumped loosening up for a non-goal race
Sunday morning started off much the same as the previous two days. Lots of time with the boys – playing and chatting. By 8:15, we were in the car on our way to Brooklyn for our mile races!
I think Sunday’s races deserve it’s own post – so I plan to get that up ASAP.