1. WALD - Are you doing anything special to celebrate WALD (Weekend After Labor Day)? I'm headed to the Jersey Shore to spend the weekend with my college friends. We started the WALD tradition in 2003 and have been getting together every year since! It works out really well because everyone knows to save this weekend. Occasionally we have one or two people who have to miss it, but this year all 8 of us will be there! I highly recommend starting a WALD tradition of your own!
2. Football - When I started this blog in January, my favorite team, the Redskins, had long been eliminated from playoff contention. So the extent of my love of football has been kept hidden. But with the season kicking off today and the most important game (Skins v. Giants) on Sunday, my football fever is at full strength. Given that this is a running blog, I promise not to talk about it TOO much. I love fall for many reasons, including cool weather for running, but one of the big ones is that I can spend every Sunday afternoon/evening watching games. The perfect way to recover from a hard week of training.
3. Tired - I cruised through the first five weeks of marathon training with no issues, but this is the week that it has all caught up to me. It's nothing unusual or painful, I'm just tired. It's as if my body finally woke up and realized what I have been doing for over a month. I'm sure a big contributing factor is that I added two quality workouts to my schedule last week, but the overall miles are creeping up as well. Fortunately this week is a step back week and I'm planning to more or less take the weekend off, so I should be ready to go again on Monday. But it's a good reminder that I need to be more aware of my sleep, nutrition and hydration. Things are only going to pick up from here, so I need to be as prepared as possible!