Many thanks to Cynthia at You signed up for what, Courtney at Eat, Pray Run DC and Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday Five linkup. The topic for the week is how to stay healthy during the holidays.
My favorite tips for how to stay on track during the holidays include signing up for a January Marathon, talking a local running friend into the same marathon and making sure you eat plenty of cookies and peppermint chocolate holiday candy to fuel your runs. Except I really don't mean the last one....okay, maybe I do just a little bit. A few years ago, while training for the Goofy Challenge, I ate cookies during the middle of a long run and you know what? They tasted great and made me smile as I completed the 22 mile run. This was a spur of the moment decision when I stopped at home to refill my water bottle and saw a big tin of cookies on the counter, and it was December 22nd and I thought I deserved a cookie or three!
This week, I was pretty inactive on social media since I was out of town and then came home from Florida with a really bad cold. Yesterday, while spending the day in my pajamas, I came across a few things that really hit a nerve in a good way.
The last few weeks were big ones for the runners who qualified and earned a spot in the April 2016 Boston Marathon. They received one of these cards in the mail, which is very exciting for any runner no matter how many times they have qualified and run Boston. I remember fondly last year when I got this card and I danced around the kitchen!
There are plenty of runners who do not get the card, despite meeting the qualifying standard. This year, those with a time of less than 2.27 seconds under their qualifying time would not be lucky and get that precious card in the mail. Two people from my running team including one of the coaches did not get a spot. Due to the vast number of runners vying for spots, not everyone is fortunate to make the cut. Some of these runners will choose to run for a charity and if accepted, will be a fundraiser for between $5000 and $7000 for the charity. Others will hope for a miracle spot from either a Boston Marathon Sponsor or a chance winning entry through a contest. While I have my opinion about these options for entry, they are what they are and no runner (s) will change the mind of the B.A.A. who puts on the race.
This week I read a blog post by Jesica from Runladylike. Both Christine and I enjoy her blog because she is a straight shooter and she only writes about products that she uses and loves. She was offered a spot through a sponsor, but turned it down. It was wonderful to read that a runner like Jesica who had qualified, but missed the cut, would not promote a product that she does not use and accept a free entry into the race. While it would have been so easy for her to say yes, she showed integrity and self control by saying no thank you. You can read her post here.
While reading the December issue of Runners World magazine, I was delighted to see that Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank fame is a serious runner. He was interviewed for the back page column and here is a quote: "I want to qualify for Boston- I don't want to buy my way in (as in a charity runner). I'll do that one of two ways, get faster, or just stay the same speed and get older so the standards get slower." This impressed me so much since he could easily get a bib without making the effort to qualify.
This weekend I will hit the pavement for the first time since the NYC Marathon on November 1. It will feel great to put on my running shoes and pound the pavement for a little while. My next big race is on January 10th and it is time to get training again. Do you have fun plans for the weekend?