Hello, and Happy Friday! It’s a three-day weekend for many of you, but for me, not so much. I will be working all afternoon and evening on Sunday for a Labor Day concert – please do a please-no-rain-dance for us since the show must go on! Today’s Friday Five linkup cohosted by me, Eat Pray Run, DC, & Mar on the Run is themed “Fall Preview” so I’m yapping about Fall Fitness Fun – five things I’m excited about for the fall in the running, triathlon, or fitness realm.
This should be easy since I have FOUR races on the calendar in September and October, but I decided not to spend numbers 1-4 just on listing the races you already know about from my 2014 Race Calendar. So here are Five things I’m looking forward to this fall.
1. Running in cooler weather
Granted, we’ve had a mild summer and some really nice days for running, but there is nothing I like more than breathing in the cool, crisp air when I’m out for a long run.
2. The Big Race
Okay, let’s sneak this in as #2. I’ve got a little something called Ironman 70.3 Augusta to look forward to. In fact, yesterday it was 1 month exactly from the race date and I started a mini-freakout. I’m not feeling like I’m really fully-fledged in my peak week, so how can I think about tapering in a couple of weeks?
3. October is for Running
In October I have my Army Ten Miler re-do race, where I’m going to NOT miss the start and also NOT going to be doing a Whole 30 and WILL have my fueling more figured out! I’m going to have the best Army Ten Miler experience anyone could ask for, right? Because last year it wasn’t.
Then, 6 days later, I have the Baltimore Half Marathon. I’ve had my Sub-2 hour half marathon goal, but if I don’t make it at Baltimore (hey, it’s only 3 weeks after my half Ironman, it could go either way), I’ll have to add a race!
I may add one more race this Fall. But you didn’t hear that from me. Or if you did, don’t tell my husband.
4. Master’s Swimming
I finally signed up to join a Master’s Swimming program near me. It starts in about a week, and I’m pretty excited. I’m only registered for 1 day a week but want to keep swimming on my own in addition to the coached workout. I might do a drop-in on a second day on weeks when that’s possible or do the second day with the DC Tri Club if I can spare a weeknight out with my busy schedule.
I grew up living at the pool for swim team and was a lifeguard for years – and lately I just don’t have it all together in the pool as I thought I would by this point. I’d love some structured workouts and maybe I’ll make more progress!
5. Fall Soccer Season
No, I’m not playing soccer, but we’re going to be a soccer family again this fall. My daughter is playing and my husband is the coach of her team. My middle son is taking a “Kickers” class. He did Pre-Kickers a couple of sessions and liked it, and he’s a total sports-oriented boy, so this will be loads of fun for him. The only downside to soccer season is wrangling these two monkeys during my daughter’s games. It’s not like I can actually watch the game without distraction! Don’t they look so innocent at this soccer game last Fall? You’d never guess it was necessary to chase them around the entire time!
This is from a soccer game last fall so they look a little older now!
Excuse the make-it-Instagram-square borders, I don’t have time to edit photos taken this evening to post by Friday a.m.!
It was a quickie down the Mount Vernon Trail in DC after work. I jogged over a mile from my office, we met up for the run, and then Mar and I went out for a beer. Lovely evening!
My 5K time was 26:26, according to the tear-off bib system (no timing chip), and 8:30/mile pace. Not my 5K PR from the Fit Foodie 5K, and actually my watch said I was a little faster than that. But it was a fun, low-key race.
What are you looking forward to this fall?