Happy Friday! I for one am thrilled that the weekend is here (ya know, just like I am every Friday!). For starters, this Friday Five Linkup is now hosted by the DC Trifecta! Yep, Mar from Mar on the Run and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?! and I are now officially the DC Trifecta and will be bringing you the Friday Five Link Up each week! Woohoo — these gals are local DC ladies like me and both so awesome. While I’ve yet to meet Marlesa in person, I feel like I know her! And Cynthia and I have met before for fun barre workouts — she’s so fun 🙂 If you haven’t yet already added them to your blogroll, please do so — trust me, you’ll love reading their blogs!
Now on to this week’s Friday Five, Race Edition (in honor of the HUGE race taking place this weekend in DC). Here are five of my suggestions for a big race weekend:
- Where to eat this weekend. For all you out of towners, let me offer a few suggestions. A lot of you will be staying in Virginia, and I can’t really help with that part of town — however, if you are willing to venture into DC (and you should be willing, let me add :)) I have some great recommendations for you. Start with this post I wrote right before inauguration — as a bonus, there is now a Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City for you VA folk. Add in the following suggestions: Founding Farmers for a menu with lots of variety and a space that can accommodate groups, Ben’s Chili Bowl because it’s a DC institution (I’d recommend this for a post-race meal, not a pre-race meal!), and Eatonville for some of the tastiest Southern-inspired food this side of the Mason Dixon line.
- Where to go if you forgot racing gear at home. Lucky for you, DC has a few great running stores that will have everything you need. I would personally recommend three: Pacers, Potomac River Running and City Sports (not exclusively a running store but they have just about anything you’ll need for race day).
- Find a mantra. Pick a phrase or a quote or a word…something that you can say to yourself when things get tough at mile 21. For me, that phrase is “there will be a day you can not do this. Today is NOT that day.” It sounds silly but it helps!
- Get energy from the spectators. Last weekend when I ran that crazy hill half marathon, I only had one of my ear buds in and it was SO nice to be able to actually hear the spectators cheering. I’ve decided that I will definitely run with music for my marathon, but only have one ear bud in so I can connect and use the energy of the crowd. It’s like a free gift! 🙂
- Okay, so I cheated a little bit. This last one isn’t truly race specific, but…I’m running 20 miles on Saturday and am freaked out about it. One of the ways I will calm myself down is by thinking of all my friends running Marine Corp the next day and how amazing they will be. So thanks, MCM runners for inspiring me to keep moving towards my first marathon next month. 🙂
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and I can’t wait to hear about all the fantastic times and great race experiences! Don’t forget to link up your Friday Five posts!