Friday Five – Potpourri v. 24

Since there’s quite a bit on my mind this week and a lot of different things going on I thought that a Potpourri post would be more than appropriate for today.

1.  Tomorrow marks the peak point of my marathon training, as I have my 20 mile training run on tap.  Earlier in the week I was starting to worry that Hurricane Florence would force me to have to run 20 miles on the treadmill.  Thankfully Florence’s track shifted throughout the week, and isn’t predicted to have its major impact on the DC area until early next week.  I’m incredibly thankful for many reasons, including the fact that I will not have to dig deep and find the motivation to complete my 20 miler at the gym tomorrow.

My 18 miler a couple of weeks ago was my longest training run to date for this training cycle, during which I felt great. I’m hopeful for the same to happen tomorrow during my 20 miler.

2.  You may have noticed on social media that I am in the final fundraising push.  As of this morning I am 88% of the way towards meeting my Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraising goal.  Fundraising has been nowhere near as easy this year as it was when I ran Chicago with the team last year, but since so many families benefit from RMHC’s services I refuse to give up in my efforts to raise funds for this incredible organization.  If you haven’t already, please consider making a tax deductible donation on my fundraising page.  All money donated goes directly to helping provide food, housing, and support for the families of children who are sick and in the hospital.

I’m excited to run Chicago with Team RMHC for the second year in a row.

3.  Earlier this week I saw this reminder posted on Facebook.  If you’re a long time reader of my blog then you may recall that due to some health issues I have been facing over the past year that my running pace has taken a hit.  Despite my best efforts I just haven’t been able to run at the same pace as I could in the past couple of years.  While it doesn’t normally get me down, there are those moments when I do think back to my faster days.  However, this post reminded me that getting out there and running is much better than simply sitting on the sidelines and watching everybody else.  I am running my own race.

So very true!

4.  This weekend I am participating in a local children’s consignment sale.  I participated in the organization’s Spring sale back in March, and am excited to clean a few things out of the house and make some extra cash this weekend.  I’m scheduled to volunteer at the sale on Sunday, and since I had a great time during my volunteer shift back in March I’m looking forward to the same again on Sunday.

In the midst of a sea of kids clothes during the Spring consignment sale.

5.  To all of those in the southeast that are in Hurricane Florence’s path, please stay safe.  I’m thinking about all of you and praying that Florence doesn’t beat down on all of you the way that she is predicted to.

QOTD: What is one thing on your mind this week?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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11 Responses to Friday Five – Potpourri v. 24

  1. I used to get upset about my pace slowing down but I’ve gotten over it. Good luck w your 20 miler this weekend-focus on how far you’ve come this summer.

  2. Ugg 20 .iles on the treadmill would be torture. I’m glad you don’t have to do that!

    The consignment sale sounds fun!

  3. Wendy says:

    I have agonized over my pace slowing down but hey, at least I can still run! Good luck this weekend on the 20 miler.

  4. pglooney says:

    I am so glad you won’t have to run 20 miles on the treadmill. I can’t really wrap my brain around that.

  5. Lesley says:

    The hardest thing with my ITBS was accepting that I wouldn’t be faster than I am. I try to push my pace and my knee speaks up. I can’t imagine doing 20 on the treadmill!

  6. I think I’m lucky that a) I started later in life and b) I was reeeeeeally slow when I started. Kind of had no place to go but up (or down in pace, depending on how you look at it). Not that I’m by any means fast.

    I don’t think I could do 20 miles on a treadmill. Actually, mine shuts down after 90 minutes . . . my thoughts are definitely with everyone down south.

  7. swosei12blog says:

    Good luck with your long run. Twenty miles on the treadmill would hurt my soul; I can do 10 miles max.

  8. Darlene says:

    Thinking of you…hope the 20 miler goes well.
    As Judy said, I started later in life so haven’t been running long enough to really slow down but it’s bound to happen.

    I am just glad to get out there. it’s my therapy. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t run anymore.

  9. Coco says:

    I think the weather looks pretty good for your long run — finger’s crossed!
    That looks like a huge consignment sale!

  10. debolton says:

    20 miles that is amazing in itself who cares if your the fastest. I really hope you do well

  11. Liz Dexter says:

    Good luck with your 20, no way I could do that on a treadmill! Then it’s taper time, right? After a potentially serious health issue that started almost this time last year, I’m just glad I’m around and well enough to run.

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