October 23, 2015

Five things I love - running version

This week, the lovely ladies of DC, Courtney, Mar and Cynthia  have a great topic for the Friday linkup.  Please be sure to check out their posts and many others when you click on the links.

When I think of the topic five things I love, immediately my family comes to mind. But running, travel and visiting friends come close behind and are more interesting to talk about on the blog. My race registrations completed for 2016 include some really cool racecations and they have me super pumped to train and race in new places.

 After spending 5 years living in England and not being a runner at the time, the London Marathon has been on my bucket list ever since I started running marathons.  So imagine my delight when I was accepted as a charity fundraiser for the 2016 race.  More on that in a future post, but let's just say there were some squeals at my house when I received my email confirmation.  Best of all, we will get to see quite a few friends when visiting London next April.  Hopefully some of them will even come out to cheer.


Ever since 2012, Christine and I have had a Disneyland Paris race on our list.  Mind you, runDisney had no races planned in Paris at that time, but these two girls were hoping and dreaming that our wish would come true. When the announcement was made at the Princess Half Marathon start earlier this year, we were both shocked and delighted.  About ten days ago, I spent a long time on the phone with a lovely girl who got us registered for both the 5k and half marathon at Disneyland Paris in September 2016.


Sunday, November 1st is the date of the NYC Marathon and this will be my first race in New York and my second marathon major.  Heading to the city with several runners from my Without Limits group will make the weekend fun and exciting.  We have post race plans to celebrate with a drink at the Plaza Hotel so that should be a great way to finish off our race weekend.

Spectating races is always a wonderful way to get motivated for your next race or training run.  Last weekend I cheered and celebrated three triathletes from my group who finished their first half iron distance triathlon and not only did they finish, but they had fantastic finish times as well.  These fabulous results make me more eager to do my best at my next race.  This weekend will be another opportunity to be inspired by runners as we travel to DC to spectate at the Marine Corps Marathon. We can't wait to cheer for Christine and many others we know who are racing. There are six runners I have set to track on race day and the new iPhone app should make it easy.

My turn to return the favor and cheer for Christine.

In September, I celebrated two years of being part of Without Limits, my coached training group.  This has brought so much joy to me as I train for races, including some that we travel to and race together.  While this group has a wide variety of runners from young to old, slow to super speedy, everyone is very encouraging and supportive.  You should try a group if you haven't already!


What is on your list?
(Pam)

25 comments:

  1. So much to love about running! I hope to join our MRTT cheer station at MCM this weekend - so exciting to see the preparations going up this week.

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    1. If you are out and about look for me in my Bisotn Marathon jacket. I would love to say hi and meet you Coco.

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  2. London and Paris sound so exciting! You've got some great running plans on the horizon.

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    1. Thanks, I do love travel and racing and thankfully Tom puts up with my obsession.

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  3. I love my running group too! I wouldn't have gotten through my training this year without them I'm running NYC too! Good luck to you!!!

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    1. It's amazing how much a running group helps with training and general support. Two of my girls are racing MCM this weekend along with my dear daughter so it will be a fun weekend to cheer. Good luck at NYC, hopefully we get good weather.

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  4. Congrats on London Pam!!! How exciting! And good luck this weekend Christine!!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, we are both so excited for the weekend.

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  5. Racing in Paris would be a dream come true for me. But the cost deters me. I will live my dream through you. You are so lucky that your daughter shares your love of running (and your sister.)

    I will be in NYC Friday & Saturday. You are probably busy but I'd love to meet up.

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    1. Darlene, I'm going to send you a PM with my phone number. Will you be going to the expo? I arrive Friday midday by plane.

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  6. love this!! I really hope i get to see you this weekend at MCM!

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    1. Mar, I will be cheering from lots of different spots. It would be great if we could meet since I feel like I know you from your blog.

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  7. The London Marathon would be amazing. I only lived there for half a year during college (and have been back a few times to visit), but I have many happy memories of city life. I imagine the course will be spectacular!

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    1. I am so excited about the London race. Staying with friends for a few days and then having the race to enjoy, will be the perfect racecation. Lucky you to spend time in London during college.

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  8. So excited for the two of you for being able to register for the Disneyland Paris half and 5k! That'll be a very exciting trip for you ladies!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, it should be a great trip that will include running the races for fun so we can enjoy all the macaroons, wine and French treats while there!

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  9. I love people who love running!!! :) Running is the bomb, so many endorphins exuded!!! And happiness is INFECTIOUS!

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  10. That's a great list. I could go for all of those. Jealous of Paris, but will definitely will be following along.

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  11. So excited for your upcoming NYC marathon. I hope the weather treats you well. Sounds like you will have alot of things to look forward to while there.

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  12. Wow, you have a wonderful race schedule to look forward to - New York, London, and Disney Paris! So exciting!

    My husband had meetings in Arlington today and told me about all of the MCM signs already up all around. I miss that race!

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  13. I'm already cheering for you in NYC! How exciting to be running London and Disneyland Paris next year! We have discussed going to Scotland for a while now. And of course, I always look to see what half or full marathons there are. So, maybe I'll get an international race under my belt next year too.

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  14. I get to run Big Sur in April! That race was on my list before I even ever ran a marathon! I can hardly believe I get to do it. After that, who knows?

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  15. Awesome race schedule!! I can't wait to hear about all of these exciting destinations! :)

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  16. So bummed I didn't get to see you on the course. My head was pretty much head down and in my own world unfortunately anyway. Paris will be soooo exciting! And London, OMG London can NOT wait to hear about it!! Have a great time in NYC!! We'll be cheering you on from here!

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