So I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
Here’s what I’m thinking today…
- 100 Best Running Blogs (according to Healthy Mom’s Magazine)
They are, however, not in any particular order. But it is still so cool.
I wish that I had time to follow them all but quite a few of my favorites are on this list.
You can see the complete list here – http://healthymomsmagazine.net/2016/03/100-best-running-blogs.html
- Freihofer’s Training Challenge Group.
So this is the 6th one and my second.
It was nice to see such a large group of newbie runners.
It was nice to see those familiar faces.
I signed up for the “Advanced” group which means I am running with the speedy runners. Not only am I not as fast as they are but often, I will have completed my long run (or even a half marathon) the day before. It will be humbling to be dragging along at the back of the pack.
Still, it’ll be fun not to do my weekday runs alone…and to maybe even do some speed work (if my legs can handle it.)
- STEM and GOTR
Since I’m not busy enough, I signed up for both of these.
For STEM, using the CouchTo5k app, I will run with a group of new runners (survivors of Domestic Violence) on Wednesdays. Then run a 5K with the them. This is my 3rd volunteering and it is SO rewarding to see what a difference running has made in their lives.
I am also being a running buddy for the 2nd time in the Girls On the Run program.
I am paired up with a 5th grader at a local elementary school. I get to meet her next Tuesday. In addition to writing motivational notes to her, I will run both a practice 5k with her and then a 5k race.
- New Routes
I get bored with the same old, same old. I am always looking for a new place to do my runs, especially those long, boring ones. I am lucky to have access to quite a few flat bike paths.
Still, I was glad to find another new trail (Thanks to Judy). The Zim Smith Trail is 9 miles long. I’ve only run 2 miles of it so I have a lot more exploring to do.
In addition to a nearby bakery, at one end, there are public restrooms and along the trail, interesting wood carvings.
Check this video:
- Upcoming Races
There’s always a race on my schedule. In fact, I have one for each of the next three weekends.
This race is Sunday. It’s my 2nd time for this race and it’s on a familiar flat running route. Afterwards, I’ll add on 7 more miles.
This is one of my favorite races because it is flat and near where I live. Of course, after the race, I’ll have to run 6 more miles.
This race is April 9. I signed up for the 10k but I’m getting cold feet and may switch. It’s very hilly. I’ve run the 5k twice and won a pie each time for my AG award. Afterward, I need to enough miles to make it to 12.
- Next Big One
April 24 – it’s hilly so I guess at some point I should do some hill training.
Happy Running! Do you participate in any running groups? Have you had the opportunity to mentor other runners? Did your blog make the list? Which blogs are missing? Do you run races while you are training for a big race? Do you search out new places to run? What are you thinking about this Thursday?