Eight Saturday Miles

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Hopefully, the length and duration of my Saturday runs will increase over the next few weeks and I can just keep adding more miles to my blog post titles. I’ll think of something more attention grabby, maybe…

This morning our whole little family went and swam at the YMCA pool for a while. It felt good to feel weightless in the water. I had a pretty good week, as far as activities go, and my body is sore – in a good way.

Sunday: Body Flow at the YMCA. A mix of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates.
Monday: 4 treadmill miles.
Tuesday: off.
Wednesday: 4 track miles.
Thursday: Yoga Flow at the YMCA. A lot of core work which I can still feel today.
Friday: 4 track miles.
Saturday: 8 road miles.

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I kept Saturday’s run in my neighborhood even though it required me to loop around all too familiar territory. I wish I was more adventurous about where I take my running. I pretty much stick to a radius that starts out my front door! I ran by the grocery store, the little geese pond, the High School (above), the elementary school, the hospital (below), and the neighborhoods covering my usual 3 mile and 4 mile loops.

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Sometimes, I want to run long and I run a out-and-back that makes the run feel far. Today, I wanted 8 miles to feel effortless. Like, I just went out to run a run I would do any other day.

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This “keep it in my neighborhood” strategy worked out this time. When I started to feel a little a little “bonkish” and tired, I never felt very far from home. I didn’t GU or carry water on this 8 miler. I just ran and tried to keep it easy and mindless.

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Overall, this Winter has been pretty tame so far. I could expect a lot worse around here. On Saturday, the sun was shining, my husband and kids were tucked away happily at home, and I took an hour for myself to soak up what felt a little like Spring.

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I have to give credit to my Mizunos. They have kept me injury free (knock on wood) and have been part of this running journey of mine. Maybe next weekend I’ll shoot for 10?

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Did you run long this weekend? Do you trick your brain and body on long runs to make the miles easier?

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

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    Way to go on the run! I try to distract myself when I run – I go through new neighborhoods or areas of town and try to look at the surroundings vs. think about how much longer I have.

    • MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog

      I try to trick myself a little, too. I add on milage in the beginning, like an extra block here and there. The worst is running in a little short & I have to do an extra loop around my house!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

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    you look really happy after your long run! I haven’t been able to do them for a while bc of my foot injury. I am slowly working my way back up. I always run with my MRTT group and the miles fly by!

  • Denise

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    Wow, that is incredible that you do all of these things. You are truly an inspiration, as I have been quite lazy lately!

    Denise
    http://www.fashionloveletters.com

    • MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog

      Aw, thanks Denise! My activities are nothing like the Summer and Fall. We all take it slower in our own ways when seasons change. Plus, we can’t give 100% all the time, right?! We’d be exhausted!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

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    Love that picture! I got to run outside this weekend and it was so pretty!

    • MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog

      I know! The pictures I don’t feel do the sun justice. When I have been away from that sweet sun for so long, it truly is amazing to feel it on my face!

  • Corinne

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    You don’t take water??? I wouldn’t dare! I even take it on 3 mile runs because being thirsty and needing a drink and not having liquid is one of my worst fears, haha.

    Corinne x

    • MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog

      I wouldn’t dare do 8 in the Summer without water. I didn’t mind it at all during the Winter. What do you carry usually? I use the Nathan quickshot and love it.

  • 365hangers

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    We keep truing to get ourselves to run but just can’t get off our butts, thanks for the much needed motivation!!

    xx 365Hangers

  • Akaleistar

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    What a great way to trick yourself! And, thank goodness for tame winters 🙂

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