Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday 5: Currently

1. Training for: The Sugarloaf Marathon in the great state of Maine (I'm not biased at ALL). Around New Year's I was chatting with a friend up north about Maine races and all the ones I still want to run. I was looking for a marathon at the time and the Sugarloaf Marathon fit pretty well into my schedule, so I registered on the spot for my first marathon in my birth state. Shortly afterward, another Maine runner announced she was running Sugarloaf as her first Maine race as well. Fairly certain her announcement overshadowed mine.
2. Loving: Instagram! I'm sure you've noticed that I've had a bit of trouble popping out blog posts these days, but I've been much more successful in chronicling some of my runs on instagram. If you're a fan of instagram, I'd love to connect.
Yes, the Monster is always watching.
3. Coaching: My first athlete is running the Maine Coast Marathon! I honestly can't say enough about this process. I've loved every part of it! Our races are exactly one week apart, so it's fun to have virtual training partner. Her level of dedication is amazing! The whole process is challenging, inspiring, and rewarding all at once.

4. Focused on: Glute strengthening. I've had a couple of odd niggles (technical term) over the last few months. Nothing that would be called an injury, but things that just kind of linger and feel off. After thinking through my training and routines, I determined that a little extra rump strengthening was probably a good idea. Several times a week, I've been stepping into my resistance loops, cranking up Baby got back, and working the money maker stride maker.

5. Inspired by: If you didn't catch the Barkley Marathons coverage this year, I would recommend checking it out. Two very skilled and classy runners made it onto the 5th loop and one of the finished, the second nearly did. It was the most wonderful display of sportsmanship I've seen in a long time and truly inspiring. The atmosphere surrounding the race is one of the many reasons I love trail running. If you don't know much about the Barkley Marathons, I highly recommend the documentary, The Barkley Marathons: The race that eats it's young, available on Netflix.

What's currently going on in your world?

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