|This is EXACTLY how I look (like a BOSS) running the Blue Line. Just kidding. This is Diane Nakuri, but that is really the Blue Line she is running in the Akron Marathon.|
|This really is EXACTLY how I look running the Blue Line. Akron Marathon 2012, running the half. |
Photo credit: Christa Hammontree
At various points of the year, Akron runners like to go over parts of it to prepare for races. There are many advantages to a Blue Line Run:
1. Pre-mapped route with easy-to-determine mileage
2. Runners can preview any part of the run by looking on YouTube.
3. Shakes up the long run (remember last week's post?)
4. Builds excitement for the upcoming race (The Akron Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay is on September 27, 2014. Click here for more info.)
5. Builds pride in community
The route that I ran today is particularly meaningful to me. It is the route I ran when I first went ten miles (without ever thinking I could do so). It is the same route I ran when I wrote my first blog post two years ago. Today was the first time I've run it since I broke my foot, and I felt GREAT. I am especially proud of the fact that while I brought my music, and I had it prepped, I never actually put the earbuds in and listened to it. I talked with the Turtles, and when I didn't talk (which was actually for most of the ten miles), I concentrated on my form and my breathing. It was surprisingly peaceful inside my head today. Huh.
1 Panera blueberry bagel with cream cheese
Coffee with Girl Scout Thin Mints creamer (oh man, I am addicted to this)
Fuel at Mile 6: Chocolate Outrage GU energy gel
Plenty of water throughout, thanks to Jone, who had a mobile water stop.
Post-run Fuel: Leftover fettucine Alfredo with broccoli. Hangs head in shame
I clearly have work to do on the post-run fuel. More on that in my next post.
Thank you to the Towpath Turtles for letting me run with them on this humid, but still beautiful day!
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