Happy Monday. What a beautiful weekend we had here in Chicago. I hope yours was as warm and lovely as ours. A few weekends ago we were treated to something similar and I got a little excited but was later thrown back into cold and dark weather for what seemed like weeks.
It was so wonderful to wake up on Saturday to sunny skies and warmer weather. In fact, it was warm enough that I wore shorts and a singlet to our early morning group run.
Saturday was a big one for Team Momentum. It marked our final (big) long run before the half marathon in two weeks. We had 12 miles on the plan, the longest run during our training and for many their longest run ever. There is something so exciting about helping athletes get through that last big hurdle whether it is the 20 miler before a marathon or this 12 before the half. That first longest run for anyone is rarely ever easy and it often comes with many struggles. But as someone who loves long training runs I really truly enjoy sharing those moments with newer runners and watching them transform over the course of their training.
Having warm and beautiful weather was the icing on the cake. And someone brought donuts for the end of the run. The pregnant coach also keeps a 12 pack of LaCroix in the car at all times these days (hey, you’ve got to hydrate!). So we had a lovely donut and Passion Fruit LaCroix tailgate party after the run. It honestly doesn’t get much better than that after a long sweaty training session.
My favorite way to follow up an early morning long run is with a nice long nap. My buddy Louie has recently been given some freedom in the house and no longer gets caged up when I lay down for a little rest. Funny enough, he likes to follow suit and hits his bed anytime I opt for a little afternoon nap. I think it is the cutest thing to wake up to this.
The rest of the weekend was complete with lots of walks with the dog and more incredible weather. While Saturday stayed in the 70’s, Sunday jumped right into the 80’s. It honestly felt like summer and I took that as my cue to throw on some summer clothes. Hello shorts and tanks!
How was your weekend? Any long runs or races?
Congrats to all of the Team Momentum members who finished their final long run and are now tapering for their half marathon. Way to go team!