April – Day 16: Not Just Another Monday!

It’s not just another Monday Crew…it’s Boston Marathon Monday! Will you be watching? This is one of the most famous World Major Marathons and 2018 is going to be an incredible race to watch!

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When you close your eyes and picture who will be the first American woman to cross the finish line, who do you see? Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan, and Desi Linden are all top contenders and each are extremely talented. Unfortunately, Jordan Hasay made the tough choice to drop out last minute because of a plantar fasciitis flare up. I’m sure she made the right choice for her future but I was looking forward to watching her race tomorrow! 😦 You can read more about her decision here.

Who do you think has what it takes to win? Do you have a favorite amongst the American field?

What about the men? Galan Rupp is a top contender again but there are others that will give him a run for his money!

Some other interesting mentions…there’s a guy running the entire marathon backwards! Loren Zitomersky, 33, a Disney movie production lawyer in Los Angeles who has worked on movies such as Beauty and The Beast, plans to run the entirety of the race backward—toe to heel with each footfall. It will be a first and he’s doing it to raise funds and bring awareness to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Another man, Tim Don, is an Ironman king and Boston Marathon runner. He is the embodiment of elite endurance athletes and knows what his body can take, but in October, when Don was preparing for the Ironman world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and went out for one last pre-race bike ride. He was struck by a utility vehicle and ended up with a hangman’s fracture, a broken C2 vertebra, like what you would find in someone who has died by hanging. His best option for a full recovery and the ability to continue racing was a halo, which is “like a medical torture device,” his doctor explained. “You take titanium pins and screw them into your skull, two in front and two in back, and attach them to metal bars, which attach to a bust that you wear for three months and that you can’t take off. It’s pure torture.” It was as terrible as the doctor said but it worked. Six months after he had pins screwed into his skull, Don expects to run the Boston Marathon and expects to finish in about 2 hours and 50 minutes!

These are just a couple of the amazing stories that we will watch unfold tomorrow morning and I don’t know about you, but I blocked off 8-11am on my calendar and I will be saving my Monday miles to watch the marathon from my treadmill! What better inspiration than watching these elite athletes run through Boston? I haven’t decided how long I will run or how many miles I will get, so how about a little Strong to the Core contest?

Boston Marathon/Sqoosh Contest: Sqooshbands has designed a brand new Boston & Saucony inspired Sqoosh and has offered us one as a giveaway prize! Comment on today’s daily post with your best guess on how long I will run and how many miles I will cover while watch the Boston Marathon tomorrow. Don’t automatically assume I will run the whole time, but…I might just be inspired enough to run as long as our America women are running! And maybe not…who knows? 😉 Closest guess wins a brand new Sqoosh from Sqooshbands! You have until 11am to guess and post.

Here’s what the newest Boston/Saucony inspired Sqooshbands look like…

If you don’t have a treadmill but you are going to be home, watch the marathon on TV or stream it live and get your Day 16 workout done. What better time to work on your strength than watching the strongest runners in the field do their thing?!?

Click here to find out how to stream the Boston Marathon online or watch it on TV.

Day 16 exercises:

  • Crunches/Stability Ball Crunches – 3 x 25
  • Sally Leg Raises – see video below
  • Squat switch up – Sally Squat Challenge! Our calendar version is just too easy! 3 minutes Crew…get that good quad burn!
  • Single Leg Balance (Forward/Side/Backward) – 2 x 15
  • Plank – :60
  • Wall Sit – :60

Sally Leg Raises – follow along till the end!

Sally Squat Challenge – Remember a few months ago after Pam’s Jekyll Island marathon when I came home and did Sally Squats? I got through it then and you can get through it now! Come on Crew…3 minutes!

Single Leg Balance (Forward/Side/Backwards) – Fast forward through the first part of this video for a reminder on how to do this single leg balance and strength exercise.

That’s all for Monday Crew. Start the week off right with some miles if that’s on your schedule and a STRONG leg & core day! Speed work will come on Tuesday…since we don’t do speed work on Monday anyway.

Don’t forget to guess my time on the treadmill and mileage for tomorrow for your chance to win a Boston & Saucony inspired Sqoosh from Sqooshbands!

It’s Patriot’s Day and Boston Marathon Day! Let’s find that inner motivation and see how active we can be on this special running Monday!

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