Marathon Training

It’s the little things (Rediscovering my passion)

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You’re reached in point in your life when you realize that is the little things that matter.  What you do every day, your routine is what really comprises your life. Whether you believe your life is fabulous or like one of my friends at work use to say: “life sucks and then you die”.  Then there are certain moments of said life that are indeed fabulous and that will be with you forever. Those moments make life worth living.  

I was reminded of that on my run on Tuesday.  It is taper week before marathon # 5 (where did the time go?), and my plan called for an easy 30-40 minute run.  I usually am an early morning runner, but I did not run in the am in favor or sleeping in as I had a running event the night before and had a late bedtime.

While I was still at work on Tuesday, I sent a text to my hubby for us to run together after work near our home.  My shortest run during training is more than 30-40 minutes, so I had a brilliant idea to run my old running route, I call it “To the river and back“.  It goes from our neighborhood street to a paved narrow trail on Algonkian Pkwy for a mile and change,  then you make a right into the Potomac Heritage Trail until you reach the Potomac River”.  It’s a beautiful route, one that is so close to my heart.  This was my almost daily run when I first started running and was training for my first marathon (MCM 2010) 

I was so new to the sport that at that point, I didn’t even know that there was a different name (trail running) if you were running on different surfaces. For me, it was just running and it was fun.  I loved this route, I was happy running through the woods there every other day.  Running there on Tuesday made me realized that I fell in love with trail running from the very beginning.  It was almost magical to run there again now.   It made me feel like that newbie runner that was running because she loved how she felt; because running was her happy place.  There was no hope for PRs and definitely not worries about how fast or how far!   

Again, what you do every day, not matter how little it may be, it’s what really matters.

The little hut before you reach the river
Small hills to keep it interesting
Amazing Sunset over the Potomac River