I don’t really have tips for you today, but wanted to talk about the running community, which I think provides all the tips we need.
I just finished the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, of which it was my first time. I ran the half marathon two years ago and had a blast, and knew sharing the day with my family would make it even better. You know what gets me? It’s that every single person is out there for themselves. Whether they ran the whole thing, ran part and walked part, or shared it with others, it was a run for them. Many people had shirts on that showed who they might be representing and raising money for, but they are the ones who put in the time and effort.
I was lucky enough to start my run at mile 9 of the marathon, and then take off with the marathoners, as the half went a different way. I had a chance to see runners of all shapes and sizes taking on that marathon, with hills that were challenging. I saw the smiles they had when they finished, and the support we all gave each other. That is why I love this community.The love and support of everyone is what keeps me coming back, and why I keep having fun. I have never done the marathon, and will never do the marathon, but those people I ran with? They didn’t just run today. They have put in the early morning runs, they canceled plans to get their training in, they weathered all that our winter brought them. I don’t really care who won (though I do know!), I think we are all winners when we are out there. We are all doing what we love to do, and best of all, we are doing it with everyone else who loves and supports us doing it!
It’s not just the runners, either. It’s all the volunteers giving us energy shots, energy bars, Gatorade, water, first aid, and just cheering on. They are the ones who woke up super early to stand on the road, but to be there when they knew we would need them. They called our names out as we passed, to give us just a bit more gumption when we were struggling running up that hill. They passed our oranges when we reached the top of a hill and a water station wasn’t present. They were there for us, the entire way.
Volunteers are an amazing group of people, as are the workers behind this event. The Pittsburgh Marathon is huge but we get to run through 13 neighborhoods, and show visitors how beautiful our city is and those who live in it. We couldn’t have had a seamless event without the work of all of them, and for that, I thank them. I thank every person out on that course to push us all to go a little further, and run a little faster when we thought we had given it all. And when we finish? We have that accomplishment to celebrate ourselves.
This weeks workout includes pulsing at the top or the intense part of the movement. For each of these, you will complete the exercises without a break. For instance, #1 is 15 crunches- immediately do 25 pulses at the top- and then go back to 20 crunches. This gives way more of a burn to the muscles! For this reason, you may not want to repeat this workout, but it’s up to you! It will leave those abs feeling exhausted by the end!
Let me know if you do it!