It’s time for Friday Five again! And even though today is National Donut Day, the lovely ladies in the DC Trifecta (Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney), decided that they’d like to talk about National Running Day. Personally, I’d rather talk about my five favorite donut flavors (chocolate cake donut, chocolate filled donut, chocolate frosted donut, anything else covered in chocolate), but ok, I’ll talk about running.
Since I’m about to start training again, here are the 5 things I love about training for the half marathon or longer.
1. 13.1-26.2 miles of peace and quiet. I love my children. I do. But sometimes, they just won’t stop talking at me. (Note I say “at” me. Because a lot of times it is just stream of consciousness babble…)
2. New running shoes. I love new shoes and I always start off a training cycle by adding a new pair to my collection. This time I have my eye on the Altra One 2.5 (affiliate link). I LOVE the 2, but I’ve heard the 2.5 is even more amazing, so yeah, that’s my next shoe.
3. New running clothes (or in my case a new Skirt Sports skirt.(affiliate link)) Yeah, I’m gonna go there. Never mind that I own a ** skirts. No, I’m not sharing how many. But there are still three patterns in this spring’s collection that I need and I obviously need a new outfit for Marine Corps. After all, it’s all about that skirt!
4. The sense of accomplishment. I may not always love running long runs, but I love how I feel when they are done. I like the feeling of being tired and having used my mental strength to get me through. At least I do once I get home. Not a huge fan of it in the middle of the run.
5. Did I mention donuts? I know I need to watch what I eat. It’s super easy to gain weight during marathon training (although last time I managed to gain it before I started and then couldn’t lose it during, sigh.) Still, if I run 3-4 hours, I’m gonna have a donut. Or a beer. Maybe both.
I guess I should actually sit down and figure out what training plan I want to use. I’m a Hal Higdon girl, but I like the idea of the Hansons plan and I feel like I can start at fairly high mileage if I start running again soon.
Do you like training for long races? Or are you more of a fan of short and fast?