Races, Running and Buddhas

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Can you believe it’s Thursday already?  This week has flow by!  Tomorrow morning I leave for Washington D.C. to support my team who is running the Nike Women’s Marathon Half.  I’m a little bit nervous but also kind of excited since I’ve never been there before.  I’m planning to fit in a little bit of sight-seeing in my down time. You all need to recommend some good things to check out!  On my list is the mall, the Smithsonian and possibly the Holocaust Museum. 

It’s a bit strange to be heading to another race so quickly after Boston.  I’m definitely nervous but this will be a good step to take in terms of moving on.  I’m just hoping everything goes smoothly, my team has a ton of fun and it’s an easy weekend.  Fingers crossed.

Speaking of races let’s talk running for a minute shall we?  My running has never felt better! I’ve been pushing my pace and increasing my mileage slowly over the past couple weeks. I’m starting to see my pace drop even on my easy runs and I’m wanting to run farther and push harder. It feels good.  The weather has been helping too, there is just something about running in shorts and short-sleeve shirt that feels so good after a long weekend!  Next week I plan to add in some speed work again and some hill workouts.  Hills seem to be where I can really increase my cardio and build my strength.  I’m looking forward to some more variety in my runs!

I’m starting to think about my fall racing plan.  I was considering doing a marathon but I realized I was looking forward to traveling this summer and not having to fit in my log runs.  Last summer I missed a couple of weekend trips because of teacher training and the summer before that Michael and I were training for Chicago.  I just really want to be able to go away, enjoy sleeping in, savoring my coffee and the cool summer mornings we get here.  I am excited to run a couple of half marathons.  Last year I ran the BAA Half Marathon and I plan to run that one again but I’m looking to add in one more.  I’m considering the Maine Half Marathon.  I’ve heard good things about the race and after our summer vacation there last year I’m pretty much in love with Maine.  It’d be fun to spend a weekend in Portland too.  Michael might even run the half too which would be awesome!  I still have plenty of time to make up my mind.  Any suggestions for other good half marathons to consider for the fall?

This is completely random but it made my day and I wanted to share! The other day Michael told me there was a package waiting for me when I got home.  He said it was a long overdue present.  I was pretty curious as to what it could be but I had a few ideas.  I was so excited to get home and see that he had so carefully picked out a Buddha for me!

My New Buddha!

My New Buddha!

I’ve been wanting a buddha since the fall when I was immersed in yoga teacher training.  I always thought it would be a good reminder of all the yoga means to me.  Think about it, your rushing in the morning to get out the door and head to work on time but you see the Buddha and it’s reminder to breathe and be more peaceful in the situation. It also just makes me feel like a real yoga teacher! It was exciting and I love the one he picked it out, it’s very me.

I’ll be back on Tuesday to share my experiences in Washington, D.C. and at the inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half! 

What are your suggestions for sights to see and visit in Washington D.C.? What fall half marathons do you love? Do you have a buddha?

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  1. Enjoy DC! That is my hometown – such an amazing place. Try to get a run in down in Rock Creek Park in the morning…it is beautiful and majestic and in the center of the US capital! Amazing :)

  2. Come to my restorative yoga class(es) if you or any team members are looking for something to calm the nervous system before the race! Friday 6:30pm at Quiet Mind Yoga (www.quietminddc.com) in Columbia Heights or Saturday 1:30pm at Yoga District’s (www.yogadistrict.com) I Street studio.

  3. Have fun in DC!! I went there last fall and loved it! There’s so much to see, so just do what you can. The mall was fun to walk up and down, but it’s a lot of ground to cover. I think there was somewhere you could rent bikes – that looked like fun. Also, Georgetown is a great area for eating/shopping. I’d also highly recommend the Changing of the Guards at Arlington Cemetery. It’s a breathtaking experience.

  4. Yay DC! I lived there for four years in college – loved it. I always tell people that if that you can, to try to go see the monuments at night. It’s a totally different experience from the day time (plus much less crowded). My favorites are the FDR and the Korean War Memorial. The Smithsonians are great. In my experience, the Air and Space seems to be the most crowded, but still well worth a visit. If you plan to do a lot of metro hopping, you might want to invest in a day pass. There around $14 I think, but worth it if you’re going to be making several metro stops in one day. Have a great trip!

  5. i love dc, born and raised in dc, so i might be partial, but we are excited to have you and your entire team running the NWM DC half! I too will be on the course cheering as i am on team injured! I really enjoy american and natural history museums, air and space and the national art galleries! (i may be partial here as well since I work in natural history). I will say that I did not care for the Holocaust museum (being Jewish and having ancestors pass and having to watch and learn about the holocaust growing up, it just wasnt for me) but the Newseum is truly phenomenal. Also the Lincoln memorial is awesome and they give FREE TOURS! of the Capital building!! always awesome! anyway, hope I get a chance to meet/see you. if not, have a great time and kick some arse!

  6. It’s going to be an amazing healing weekend Whitney. Have a wonderful time! And yes it is awesome to have a Buddha in the home. We have our Buddha, a singing bowl and the mala beads we made in teacher training set up as a reminder to pause and breathe. Have I mentioned how much I love you? I miss you and hope to see you soon. With so much love #bostonheals ps Washington is so awesome at this time of year.

  7. Good Luck at the Nike Half! I’ll be there at one of the cheering stations rooting you guys on. I love running in DC. The monuments make for a beautiful backdrop. Please stop by the Holocaust Museum. If you have time stop by the National Portrait Gallery and Arlington National Cemetery. Most folks already know the “must” list there, and they’re a “must” for a reason: Changing of the Guard/Tomb of the Unknown is the honoring of fallen soldiers at its finest. The graves of the brothers Kennedy, especially one for a fallen president, are beautifully done. The Arlington House just up the hill offers a panoramic view of DC.

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