My Goals for Saturday’s Jaguar 5k

This Saturday I’ll experience another first in my running: I’ll complete a race that I’ve previously run.  Saturday I’ll be running the Jaguar 5k, which is an annual athletics fundraiser for Falls Church High School, the school I taught at for the first five years of my teaching career.  I’m excited about visiting with several old coworkers and friends, as well as running on a course that I am familiar with.

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The Jaguar 5k course is relatively flat, with the exception of one steep hill about halfway through the course.  I can’t wait to run this course again, and of course, strive to finish faster than I did last year.

My current 5k race PR is actually from last year’s race, when I completed the race in 32:24 (10:26 min/mile pace).  Although I’ve been focusing on increasing my speed over the past couple of weeks, my fastest runs have been treadmill runs, which of course don’t include the added challenge of running outside.  But you know that I’m always up for a challenge, and will be pushing myself as hard as I can on Saturday.

Goal A – Finish the race in under 31:07 (10:02 pace) – my current treadmill PR

Goal B – Finish the race in under 31:51 (10:15 pace)

Goal C – Finish the race in under 32:24 (10:26 pace) – last year’s finish time

QOTD: How do you approach races that you’ve previously run?

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Custom Tutu Giveaway

If you’ve been a reader of From Dancing to Running for awhile now then you may recall that at the Disney World 10k back in January I wore a custom made tutu.  My custom tutu was made by Lesley from Greater Fitness.

I absolutely loved my Minnie Mouse tutu!

I absolutely loved my Minnie Mouse tutu!

Initially, Lesley made tutus as a way to raise money for Girls on the Run.  After reaching her fundraising goal last year and because of the popularity of the tutus, she started a small business and continues to make custom tutus.

Each and every one Lesley’s tutus is custom made.  Because each tutu is hand made, you’re guaranteed to receive a unique tutu.  From the moment I first contacted Lesley last fall about making my Minnie Mouse tutu, Lesley was incredibly easy to work with.  I shared with her my inspiration for my tutu, and she nailed my vision.  When it arrived I was beyond excited about wearing during my first runDisney race.

There's even a hidden Mickey on my tutu!

There’s even a hidden Mickey on my tutu!

My tutu may not be the only tutu of Lesley’s that you have seen before.  Heather from Through Heather’s Looking Glass has worn several of Lesley’s custom tutus, including the ones pictured below.  Her Dopey and Ariel tutus were featured in the Orlando Sentinel during Disney World Marathon Weekend.

All photos of Heather are used with permission from her

Heather dressed up as Cruella DeVille for 2013 Tower of Terror 10 Miler, Dopey for 2014 Disney World Half Marathon, and Ariel for 2014 Disney World Marathon (All photos of Heather are used with permission from her)

runDisney races aren’t the only races where wearing tutus are appropriate to wear.  There are numerous other women’s focused races held across the country, and I’ve also seen runners wear tutus at Rock ‘n’ Roll races as well as the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  The possibilities of where to wear a tutu and who to dress up as are endless!

Some of Lesleyss

Some of Lesley’s beautiful tutus, including a Wonder Woman tutu!

Ordering a tutu from Lesley is super easy.  All you need to do is e-mail her at greaterfitnessblog@gmail.com.  You’ll be able to discuss your ideas with her, and payment is super easy through her PayPal account.  Her tutu prices are as follows:

Adults (ages 13+) -$25
Children (ages 5-12) – $12
Babies (newborn-age 4) – $8

Shipping is normally a separate charge, but Lesley is offering From Dancing to Running readers free shipping.  Just be sure to tell Lesley that I referred you to her in order to receive the benefit!

Lesley dressed up as Minnie Mouse for 2013 Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Cinderella for 2014 Princess Half Marathon

Lesley dressed up as Minnie Mouse for 2013 Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Cinderella for 2014 Princess Half Marathon

Want to win a free custom tutu?  Be sure to enter my giveaway for your chance to win a custom designed tutu of your own!  If you win, you’ll work directly with Lesley to design the tutu of your choice.

Disclaimer: I received a tutu to wear at an upcoming race.  I was not paid for this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on April 29th and the winner will be announced on the blog next week.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

This week’s Monday Motivation is a quote from figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton.  As I shared yesterday, I chose this quote because of the need to go into my first day back at school from Spring Break with a positive outlook about both the day ahead and the weeks that stand between now and the end of the school year.

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I had no idea that when I selected this quote Sunday night that it would set the stage for an incredibly positive day yesterday.

Although its sometimes difficult to think, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Its also best to approach life with a positive mindset as opposed to predicting all the bad that could happen.  And that’s exactly what I did yesterday.

I had absolutely no idea how powerful Hamilton’s quote would be in driving such a positive day for myself.  Although work was super busy (it always is the first day back from a break), and I ended the school day drained of energy, my day was far from over.  Despite how busy my day at school was, the highlight of my work day was receiving an e-mail that I’ve been waiting for: the funding for the curriculum project that I’ve worked on each summer since I started teaching was approved by the school board and for the sixth year in a row I was selected to work with other teachers in the school district for two weeks this summer on the project.

My great day didn’t end when I left work though.  After work, I had a follow up appointment with my neurologist.  The last time I saw him was six weeks ago.  The past six weeks have generally been good neurologically, and I think I’ve only had three headaches since I last saw the doctor.  My one worry going into my appointment though is that my left hand is still weak and lacking in strength.  Standard strength and touch tests confirm that I have not only lost feeling in some of my fingers, but also that my hand is nowhere near as strong as it was a couple of months ago.  (For example, when I try to make a fist with my hand I can’t close it anywhere near as tightly as I can my right hand.)  Although my hand isn’t usually bothersome unless I try to lift something of significant weight (I’m right handed), I still knew I needed to bring it up during my appointment since this was one of my doctor’s greatest areas of concern the last time I saw him.  Although the doctor is concerned and wants to continue to monitor my hand (one conclusion he came up with is it could be the result of a pinched nerve and could be completely unrelated to my TIA), the root cause of what’s going on with my hand is unknown without very doing invasive testing, which we agreed isn’t necessary at this point.  I left the appointment with further suggestions about how to manage my stress, and unless my headaches start occurring more frequently or my hand starts to really bother me, I don’t have to go back for another followup appointment until October.

I left the doctor’s office feeling great about how the appointment went.  I wasn’t as tired as I had been at the end of the school day, and although yesterday was a planned rest day as far as training is concerned, the comradery that was evident across the running community yesterday before, during, and after the Boston Marathon gave me added motivation to head to the gym for a workout.  I was on a high, powered by the positive thinking that had driven my entire day, and felt incredible as I stepped onto the treadmill for my run.  Although my calves were sore from my elliptical workout on Sunday, as I started running, I knew deep down that I could push myself to complete a fast run last night.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been pushing my speed, particularly when I’m on the treadmill.  As I passed the one mile mark, I knew deep down that I could push myself to a 5k PR.  And that’s exactly what I did.  I told myself I could do it, and I did it.  My calves were extra sore when I was done, but it felt absolutely incredible to know that I had set my mind to something and that I accomplished it.

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Not only did the Boston Marathon runners inspire me to push myself just a tad harder last night, but my positive mindset also played a role in allowing my body to push itself the way it did.  I felt Boston Strong, and not just because of my 5k PR, but because my mental strength allowed me to have such a great day.

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QOTD: How has the power of positive thinking impacted your life?

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Weekly Training Log – Week of April 14th

My staycation this past week has been absolutely fabulous!  It kicked off with gorgeous weather last weekend and ended with a fabulous Easter Sunday that Preston and I got to spend with my godmother and her family.  Going back to work this coming week isn’t going to be easy, but I’ll just keep reminding myself that I’m only two short months away from summer vacation!

Some of the gorgeous flowers that we got to enjoy during Easter Sunday service at church

Some of the gorgeous flowers that we got to enjoy during Easter Sunday service at church

The highlight of my week was registering for my third half marathon on Thursday.  Its hard to believe that I’ll be running my third half marathon in just 19 weeks!  I have my first 5k of 2014 this coming weekend, after which I’ll start focusing on preparing for my next half marathon.

Training wise, this past week was a very productive and successful week.  My goal this past week was to move every day.  With the exception of Saturday, I moved every day!

Mon 4/14 – 4.68 mile walk around the Tidal Basin and National Mall, kettlebell squat swings, abs, legs, glutes, arms, shoulders

Tues 4/15 – 4.15 mile treadmill run, 0.80 mile cool down walk

Wed 4/16 – Walked around the mall

Thurs 4/17 – 2.00 mile treadmill run, 0.44 mile cool down walk, legs, glutes, abs

Fri 4/18 – 35 minutes of yoga

Sat 4/19 – Rest day

Sun 4/20 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 0.27 mile cool down walk

Total Weekly Mileage – 14.91 miles

With me heading back to work after a week off, and knowing that its going to be a busy week at work, I’ll be using this quote as my motivation to not only help me keep on track today but throughout the week.  Going back to work after time off is never easy, and the end of the school year is always fast paced and jam packed.  With that said, my Monday Motivation for the week is a good reminder about the need to keep a positive outlook no matter how busy or stressful life and training may become.

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QOTD: What mantra do you use to ease going back to work after a week off?

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Friday Five – April 18th – My Training Goals for Half Marathon #3

As you all know, each week I link up with the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!).

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While reading Cynthia’s blog yesterday morning, I noticed at the bottom of her blog post that this week’s Friday Five Theme is Fitness Goals.  This was PERFECT timing for me since yesterday afternoon this happened:

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That’s right folks, I registered for half marathon #3!  Over Labor Day weekend I’ll be returning to Virginia Beach to complete my third half in nine months.  You may recall that last year Preston ran Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach and I ran the Mini Marathon (aka 5k).  While Preston is still undecided about whether or not he’ll run Virginia Beach this year, this is where we’ll be closing out summer.

There's no better way to celebrate a summer race than with your feet in the sand!

There’s no better way to celebrate a summer race than with your feet in the sand!

If registering for half #3 weren’t exciting enough, I will earn two medals for running this race: the usual finisher’s medal as well as my first Heavy Medal for completing two Rock ‘n’ Roll races in one year.

Ill receive my Rock Encore medal in the mail as a reward for completing both Rock n Roll USA and Rock n R

I’ll receive my Rock Encore medal in the mail as a reward for completing both Rock’n’ Roll USA and Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach

Since Jeff Galloway’s beginner 18 week plan worked really well when I trained for the Disney World Half Marathon, I’ll be following his “finish in the upright position” 18 week plan to prepare for Virginia Beach.  The fun starts on Monday, April 28th!

Knowing that spring and summer are always crazy for us, I have five training goals that I’ll focus on as I train for half #3:

1.  Stay on track with my training and make adjustments as necessary.

While training for Disney World my training calendar overlapped multiple holidays that we traveled out of town for, as well as traveling to Illinois for my mom’s surprise birthday party.  Spring and summer is usually very busy for Preston and I (we already have plans to be out of town four weekends in May and June with more travel throughout the summer in the works), so I know that it’ll be critical to keep my training calendar close by and move long runs around as necessary.  Spring and summer activities may mean that some weeks I have to move my long run to a Friday or Monday, and if that’s necessary then I’ll do so.  When training for my first half I didn’t miss any of my long runs and only missed a couple of my weekday runs, and I want to do everything possible to ensure that I stay on track with my training again.

2.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Unlike when I trained for Disney World or Rock ‘n’ Roll USA, this training cycle I’ll be training during the hottest months of the year.  It’ll be more critical than ever that I ensure that I am constantly drinking water and as well as replacing my electrolytes that I loose during training.  DC is well known not only for its heat but also its humidity, and it’ll be important that I’m not just hydrating before and after runs but throughout the day as well.

3.  Get enough sleep and keep my stress level down.

Unlike with my past two training cycles, I will only be teaching for the first half of my training for Virginia Beach.  While I have lots of other events already on my summer calendar, and am hoping that I’ll hear soon about the curriculum project that I’ve worked on every summer since I started teaching, my stress level should be much lower during the peak of my training cycle and I should be able to get sufficient sleep to not only efficiently train but to also make sure that I don’t have another health issue like I did only weeks before Rock ‘n’ Roll USA.

4.  Properly fuel my body with mostly clean, unprocessed foods.

While eating some processed food here and there won’t have a huge detriment on my training, eating as much clean food as possible will ensure that I’m providing my body with the greatest nourishment possible.  This isn’t a shift from what I already do, but with a busy spring and summer calendar with lots of events with friends and family already planned, this will certainly be easier said than done.

5.  Watch the sun, heat, and humidity and adjust my runs as necessary.

At this point I’m not setting a finish time goal for myself, partly because I know from experience last summer that I’m a slower runner during the summer than I am at other times of the year.  It’ll be imperative that I listen to my body and slow down my speed if I feel too hot.  I’m not an early morning person (getting up every day for work at 4:45am might have something to do with that), but it’ll probably also be necessary that I focus on getting many of my long runs in before it gets too late into the day, or else I may be forced to complete many long runs on the treadmill in order to prevent the risk of heat exhaustion.

I’ll of course talk more about my goals for Virginia Beach as I progress through my training and get closer to the race.  Ready or not, my next round of half marathon training starts in just ten short days!

QOTD: What is your next big race?  What training goals do you have as you prepare for that race?

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Random Thursday Thoughts

Last night was one of those evenings when I had several thoughts running through my head all at once.

1.  The craziness of runDisney registration has once again begun.

Marathon Weekend 2014

Marathon Weekend 2014

Yesterday at noon, preregistration for Marathon Weekend in January opened.  General registration opens next Tuesday.  As with the past several runDisney event registrations, Marathon Weekend is expected to sell out quickly, and its been entertaining to watch others’ posts on Facebook and Twitter about the anxiety and excitement of registering.  Although Marathon Weekend holds a special place in both my and Preston’s hearts (its where he ran his first marathon in 2013 and where I ran my first half marathon earlier this year), it doesn’t look like we’ll be returning to Disney World for Marathon Weekend in 2015.  While I’m a bit bummed about it, I know that eventually we’ll be able to return and run another race at the place where we both ran these milestone races.

2.  Staycations can be just as relaxing and rejuvenating as traveling for a vacation can be.

I was able to enjoy these gorgeous tulips outside of the National Gallery of Art during my walk on the National Mall on Monday

I was able to enjoy these gorgeous tulips outside of the National Gallery of Art during my walk on the National Mall on Monday

With this week being Spring Break and Preston not having enough leave from work at the moment for us to be able to travel (he needs the leave this summer for several events on our calendar), I’ve been spending this week at home relaxing and catching up on some much needed sleep as well as many chores around our apartment.  The weather last weekend and on Monday was just as warm and sunny as many places further south, and although it sleeted Tuesday evening and was pretty cold yesterday, the summer like weather was definitely a welcome way to kick off my week off from work.

3.  FaceTime is one of the best inventions ever.  Period.

Linda and I on my wedding day, July 30, 2011 Photo Credit: Romine Weddings

Linda and I on my wedding day, July 30, 2011
Photo Credit: Romine Weddings

With me being home this week I was able to FaceTime the other day with one of my dearest friends, Linda, who moved to Germany back in December.  Not being at work made it much easier for us to talk during daytime hours for both of us, and talking on FaceTime is definitely much more enjoyable than just texting back and forth.  I loved being able to interact with her in real time and not just wait for the next text message to arrive!

QOTD: Will you be running during Marathon Weekend in 2015?  Do you prefer staycations or vacations?  What are your thoughts on FaceTime?

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Cherry Blossoms!

Between the roller coaster weather we’ve had over the past week (everything from the 80s and sunshine to the 30s and sleet yesterday), and the arrival and departure of the Cherry Blossoms, its fully evident that Spring has finally arrived in DC.  If you follow me on Instagram than you’ve already seen a preview of some of my favorite pictures of the blossoms!

At the Tidal Basin on Saturday enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather and scenery

At the Tidal Basin on Saturday enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather and scenery

I absolutely love Spring in DC, and one of the reasons I love Spring so much is because of the Cherry Blossoms.  The Cherry Blossoms hit their peak bloom on Thursday, and I think I caught what was probably the last day of peak bloom on Monday.

Some of the gorgeous views of the blossoms on Saturday

Some of the gorgeous views of the blossoms on Saturday

This year, I was fortunate to able to see the blossoms on two days.  We spent about an hour at the Tidal Basin on Saturday morning enjoying them before grabbing lunch and then participating in the Run As One.  Yesterday afternoon I spent several hours walking around the Tidal Basin and the National Mall enjoying the blossoms once again.

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One of the things I love most about the blossoms is how they attract so many people to walk the loop around the Tidal Basin.  They promote activity and get people moving.  It doesn’t matter how fast you’re moving, just getting outside, enjoying the scenery, and walking around is exercise.

Views from my walk around the Tidal Basin on Monday

Views from my walk around the Tidal Basin on Monday

This was the first year that I was able to visit the blossoms on two different days.  It was incredible to see the difference in the blossoms from Saturday to Monday.  I think the pictures speak justice to not only their beauty but just how short lived the peak bloom is, and how quickly the blossoms turn from white to pink.

The blossoms on Saturday vs. on Monday - what a difference in color!

The blossoms on Saturday vs. on Monday – what a difference in color!

Have I convinced you yet that Spring in DC is amazing?

QOTD: What are your favorite signs of Spring’s arrival where you live?

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Run As One Recap

runasone As I’ve shared before, Preston and I both belong to Team Red, White & Blue, a veteran’s organization committed to connecting veterans with others and enriching their lives through both physical and social activities.  This past Saturday, Team RWB in conjunction with Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues hosted the third annual Run As One in cities across the country, including here in DC. The purpose of Run As One is to raise awareness for veteran Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day as a result of their post tour of duty or service related stress.  Run As One was established in 2011 as a way to raise awareness for veteran PTSD, as well as to promote unity among veterans and civilians.

On the National Mall before the start of Run As One

On the National Mall before the start of Run As One

I haven’t openly discussed this on the blog before, but Preston is a veteran himself.  He completed five years of active duty in the Army, which included a 14 month tour of Iraq, before he completed two years of reserve duty before he resigned his commission.  I’m thankful everyday that despite the fact that several members of Preston’s company were injured, and some killed, that Preston came home from Iraq unharmed.  Although we didn’t meet until after he completed his active duty service (he had just started his reserve duties when we started dating), I’m beyond thankful that he came home from Iraq physically unharmed.  He still deals with the emotional trauma of his time in Iraq on a regular basis, but I’m thankful that this is the only lingering negative effect of his service to our country.

We both joined Team RWB in 2013 as a way to connect with other veterans and their significant others.  Our schedule doesn’t always allow for participation in activities on a regular basis, but its events like this past Saturday’s run that make us thankful that we’re a part of this organization.

Most Run As One events held across the country were held in the morning, but because of the Cherry Blossom Parade Saturday morning the DC Run As One was held in the afternoon.  We gathered on the National Mall, ran to the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol, where we stopped to take a group picture, and then ran back to our starting point in the middle of the grass on the National Mall.  After the run, there was also a group led exercise of 22 pushups to recognize the startling statistic that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day.

On the steps of the U.S. Capitol during Saturday's Run As One

On the steps of the U.S. Capitol during Saturday’s Run As One

runasonecollage runasonecollage2 This wasn’t a race, but races aren’t the only reason to run.  Many people who saw the run occurring asked who we were with and why we were running, and it was clear that we had successfully raised awareness for veteran PTSD and suicide in the midst of hundreds of thousands of tourists that were down on the National Mall on Saturday.

QOTD: What runs have you participated in as a way to help raise awareness for a cause?

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Weekly Training Log – Week of April 7th

If your week has been anything like mine, you’ve been finding every way possible to take advantage of absolutely gorgeous weather!  Over the weekend I spent more time outside than inside, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather to kick off my much needed Spring Break with.  Both Saturday and Sunday it was sunny, in the 80s, and very low humidity.  The weather for the rest of the week isn’t supposed to be as warm as its been this past weekend, but since we’re not traveling this year for Spring Break you can bet that I’ll be outside every possible moment that the weather allows me to and taking advantage of the gorgeous Spring weather as much as I can.

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One of the many gorgeous views of the Cherry Blossoms that we got to enjoy this past weekend

We spent all day Saturday downtown on the National Mall.  The Cherry Blossoms hit their peak bloom on Thursday, and we were fortunate to be able to enjoy the blossoms Saturday morning.  Then, Saturday afternoon we participated in the Run As One with Team Red, White and Blue, which I’ll fully recap tomorrow.  Sunday I spent about an hour outside on a local trail, completing my first “long” run (“long” being 3.84 miles) since last weekend’s Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Mon 4/7 – Rest day

Tues 4/8 – Rest day

Wed 4/9 – 2.50 mile treadmill run, 0.35 mile cool down walk, abs, chest, shoulders, arms, kettlebell squat swings

Thurs 4/10 – 30 minutes of yoga

Fri 4/11 – Rest day

Sat 4/12 – Walked around the Tidal Basin to see the Cherry Blossoms, Run as One on the National Mall

Sun 4/13 – 3.84 mile run on the W&OD Trail, 0.75 mile cool down walk

Total Weekly Mileage – 9.94 miles

With not having to work this week, my goal is to be active every single day.  When the weather allows, I’ll be outside running and walking, and when it doesn’t I’ll be inside at the gym.  Between this goal, as well as working towards my monthly goals, this week seems like the perfect time to add another component to my weekly training log: Monday Motivation.

As we kick off another week, let me leave you with my first Monday Motivation here on the blog.  The absolutely gorgeous weather that we’ve had here in the DC area inspired my choice for this week’s motivating quote.

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QOTD: What did you do over the past week to take advantage of Spring weather?

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Friday Five – April 11th – What I Love About the Online Running Community

Since I started running last March, the online running community has proven to be an invaluable resource and support system.  As I’ve grown as a runner, I’ve relied more and more on this community.  One of the most incredible things about this community though is the fact that 99% of the people that I interact with I’ve never met in person, yet I feel as though I’m able to connect and relate to them in so many different ways!

There’s so many things I love about the online running community, especially:

1.  The online running community provides a network in which to bounce ideas off of one another and gain additional insights into various races and running related products.  If it weren’t for the online running community, I would have never learned about the benefits of compression socks and sleeves or many of the races on my bucket list, particularly the Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon.

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3.  There are a variety of different networking groups runners can join, particularly on Facebook.  I belong to a number, including Team #runDisney, Sweat Pink Ambassadors, and FitFluential Running.  These groups not only allow me to network with other bloggers, but my membership in some of these communities has led to some opportunities, including the Spartan Race Giveaway that I recently hosted.

3.  Runners support one another, regardless of where they live or how fast of a runner they are.  Generally speaking, most runners are there to provide encouragement to each other, particularly when runners really need it in order to overcome an injury or another obstacle in the way of their training.

4.  Twitter chats are some of the most exhilarating hours of one’s life.  During these chats, runner discuss any and all aspects of running and other fitness activities.  Nothing beats the excitement and fast paced weekly #RunChat every Sunday evening.  On nearly everyday of the week its likely that a Twitter chat is being hosted, and these chats have fostered many of my virtual relationships with other runners.

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5.  Meeting virtual running friends in person for the first time is beyond exciting.  I’ve had the privilege to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person, including Heather from Through Heather’s Looking Glass and Kimberley from Maker Mother Marathon Runner during Disney World Marathon Weekend.  This past weekend at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run I also met Cyanne from Run Stretch Go, Jenny from Run Jenny Run, and Christine from We Run Disney.

With Heather during the Disney World 10k, Christine and Cyanne after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, Jenny before the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, and Kimberley during the Disney World 10k

With Heather during the Disney World 10k, Christine and Cyanne after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, Jenny before the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, and Kimberley during the Disney World 10k

QOTD: What do you love about the online running community?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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