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Jeff’s Post – Weekend Recap

Tamara and I took it easy (running wise) this weekend.  We are in between races (Rock ‘n Roll last weekend – Cherry Blossom this weekend) and we are both still nursing sore legs so we thought it would be best to take a little break.  We decided we would take Saturday off and go for a run on Sunday.

We have been a bit spoiled with the weather this year and weren’t so excited (especially Tamara) when we woke up and it was cloudy with a light rain and temperatures in the low 50’s.  We wanted to run someplace different and ended up driving a few minutes from the house so we could run down a new road.  Tamara made me laugh multiple times as we were getting ready to get out of the car.  A few comments she made: I’m tired wake me up when you get back, I don’t want to run it is too cold, My legs hurt you just go, I’m retiring from running and a few other things.  I’ve heard these comments before so I knew with a little push I could get her out of the car.

We decided beforehand that we would only go 5 miles and that it would be an easy 5.  We have been pushing it on training runs lately so it was nice to run at a little slower pace.  We ended up talking the whole run (which we don’t normally do) and the 5 miles just flew by.  I forgot my camera but we ended up running down to an old marina and turned around at the end of a long pier. We both commented on how much fun this run was and it turned out to be one of the more enjoyable runs we have had in a long time.

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Jeff’s Post – Weekend Recap – Look out for the Horse and Buggy!

Tamara and I both did something rare last week.  We took Friday and Saturday off from running.  We ran a fairly speedy 10 miles on Thursday afternoon (I ran that morning so I had 16 miles that day) and we both felt a slightly extended rest was the best thing to do.  Tamara mentioned on Saturday that she wanted to try to get 12 miles in today and that is exactly what we did.  Tamara left the route up to me and I felt like changing it up a bit.  I wasn’t 100% sure where we were going to end up but we just ran and ended up going down some really nice country roads.  We intentionally slowed this run down a bit but still ended up with an 8:23 pace on a challenging hilly course.  We both ran strong but by the end we were definitely “done”!  We live in Amish Country and today we had a few challenging horse and buggy incidents.  We ran off the road more than once to make room for the buggy but that is what I love about where we live.  We can drive a few miles and be on the water or we can walk out the front door and see the Amish on their way to church!  We are definitely counting down the days to our first race of the year – Rock n Roll ½ in DC on March 17th.  I’m not quite where I want to be yet but feel good about where I’m heading.

Hope you had a great weekend!  Happy Running!

Jeff’s Post – Weekend Recap – A Run Through Bushwood!

Tamara and I were able to get in two runs over the weekend.  One of my hopes for 2012 was to be able to run more with Tamara and so far we have been able to run every weekend (Thanks Mom and Dad!) – Plain and Simple – We run better when we are running together and we are better runners because of each other.  The weather in Maryland this winter continues to be warmer than normal and this weekend was no exception.  It was in the 40’s during both of our runs which is just great this time of year.

On Saturday we continued our “Run Where We Live Tour” with a run to Bushwood Wharf.  Saturday was a pretty dreary day and we were right on the edge of rain.  Tamara wanted to get in 8 miles and we got a bit of a late start so I was worried that we might get caught in a downpour.  We ditched the car at a local park and started our run.  We passed some nice country scenery but I will admit this was my least favorite of our “Scenic Runs”.  Probably had to do with the weather or maybe because we got a late start but I wasn’t really feeling this run early on.  I even told Tamara on the way back that I’m fine just stopping when we get back to the car.  She said “lets see” which I knew really meant – nope I’m going to keep going (please see above – “We are better runners because of each other”).  Once we got to 6 miles I started to feel much better and we finished the 8 miles really strong.

Tamara had 4 miles on tap for Sunday and I was happy to be along for the ride.  We had a great run in between rain drops and my last mile on a pretty hilly terrain was at about a 7:00pace.  I really really like where we are at with our running right now.  I feel like we are both running strong and are at a really good place mentally.  I can’t wait to se where we are going to be over the next few months.  We both have that “swagger” and I can’t wait to take it racing!

Ahhh – Super Bowl Sunday!  Looking forward to a great game and eating some junk food guilt free a little later.  I love that running allows us to cheat every once in a while.

Please take a look at the #TwitteCharityRun–  Registrations are rolling in and we would love to have you join us on a virtual run and raise money for a charity of your choice at the same time!

Have a great day – Happy Running!

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