Post Marathon Week 1: Getting my feet wet again! Plus my favorite linkup! {Duh! The Friday Five!}

It’s kind of hard to believe that Bob Potts was only 12 days ago…it feels like months already! I read someplace recently that I was not supposed to get discouraged if in the first couple weeks post race my short runs feel half-marathon difficult and boy have I been reminding myself of that! I DEFINITELY tire out more easily, even keeping things at an easier pace – fighting a bug for the past couple weeks hasn’t helped that either – but I figure it’s all part of the process. In respect of all this, I kept things pretty light this week

  • Sunday: I ran a mile because I felt like it. Then I hopped on the bike for 15 more. Then I walked around the DC zoo all day in the heat with my off-the-growth-charts-2-year-old strapped to my back in the Ergo. Talk about strength training.
  • Monday: Elliptical for 50 minutes and abs.
  • Tuesday: Speed work. I don’t know what I was smoking that day, but 3×1600’s seemed like a good idea. I got my mile warm up in, made it through 2 of them at 6:52 and 6:48 pace, and then had to break up the last one by doing an 800 and a 400. My legs felt okay, but everything else hurt from being up all night coughing. In the evening I worked on the guns. (You know…my arms. Not actual guns.)
  • Wednesday: 6 miles and while my pace was decent, holy crap this run was horrible. SO humid. I got really dehydrated and at one point I actually looked at a puddle on the side of the road and thought…what if? Not one of my finer moments for sure. Later I drank about 2 gallons of water and then I went and got a tattoo which is a great way to burn calories.
  • Thursday: My knee was bothering me yesterday so I opted out of running and biked for 10.85 miles. Abs last night and worked my arms again with many reps of lifting a wine glass to my mouth. Luckily the knee thing seems to be an isolated incident and it feels fine today.
  • Friday (Today): Active rest day and by “active” I mean “shopping”.
  • Saturday: I’m planning on an easy 8 tomorrow as I start adding some more miles back into my long runs. Then I’ll be chasing Betty around a birthday party which I’m sure will account for some extra mileage.


It’s almost SUMMERTIME!

And my lovely DC Trifecta ladyfriends – Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney – are celebrating it with today’s Friday Five: FIVE THINGS I’m going to do this SUMMER! (In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a little excited that summer is finally here!)

1. Swimming!

We’ve already been doing a little bit of this over at my mother’s community pool and also hanging in the crab pool on our deck.

little fish

This little fish would stay in the water for hours if I would let her!

2. Early morning runs!

During the week I’ve always been a lunch break runner, but the summer heat and humidity is very likely to have me going out in the early morning hours for the next couple months. No one wants to have to go back to the office and sit at their desk being that kind of funky, sweaty mess. I’m pretty sure my coworkers also appreciate my decision.

Plus it’s nice to get your fitness out of the way early on so that you can feel the benefits of it all day long.

3. Baseball games!


We are a baseball family! Even though our team tends to struggle, we are not fair-weather fans and try to get to as many games as we can. It’s always fun whether we win or not (and usually when we go, that’s a big NOT). Betty LOVES the Orioles and even has her own foam finger that she likes to wave around shouting “WE’RE NUMBER 1!!! GO O’S!!!!”


4. House hunting!

Currently we live in an apartment and I’m sure many of you can probably relate to the feeling of being SO OVER THAT. I swear we have a pack of elephants living just above our heads (actually it’s three teenaged boys…is that worse?) Betty needs a yard to play in with a swing set and a fence so I am not constantly worried about her running into the road and I need walls that I can paint whatever colors I want without having to worry about changing them back to white later on. I know Amy is going through this process right now too and it’s a little overwhelming and just so exciting. I can’t wait to be a homeowner.

5. Let’s just be real here…


Yum. Margaritas with Salt.

What are your summer plans?

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! Just a reminder that my Bondi Band giveaway is still happening so if you haven’t entered that yet you can by going HERE!




56 thoughts on “Post Marathon Week 1: Getting my feet wet again! Plus my favorite linkup! {Duh! The Friday Five!}

  1. piratebobcat says:

    You’re so crazy! After my first marathon, I couldn’t walk much, let alone keep on running/cycling/etc. Go Salt! Our little ones love the water too – they NEVER want to get out! Mmmmm, summer margaritas. Yup.

    • runsaltrun says:

      I don’t know how to stop!! Haha I really have to keep reminding myself that I just did run a marathon and it’s okay to take time off to recover. The cycling has actually been really great to keep my legs loose. I’ve just been keeping the resistance pretty low.

      I need some tacos to go with my margarita!

  2. Mar on the Run! says:

    well Betty is a Pisces (like us!) so of cuorse she likes the water!!! and I’m all about #5… mmm… maybe we need to include that in our next Zoo emetup – there are a couple nice places near there in which to partake… I got the inside scoop 😉

    • runsaltrun says:

      Yes I’m stoked. Our neighborhood is great, but I just can’t stand living with people on top of us anymore. And definitely cheers to summer cocktails!

  3. Kristin says:

    Incredible workouts Salt!! You are hitting some great runs!! XOXO!! You are amazing!!
    I love your summer plans!!! Swimming and early morning runs sound good to me!! XOXO! Happy Friday!

  4. Running Bear says:

    My wife bought some bondi bands based on your post earlier in the week, they just arrived today, very cool with paw print patterns on them.

    The 3×1600 repeats, that’s something I started doing after the marathon too. I found them to be very relaxing. I never really used to break runs up into sections, or stopped to stretch or walk or whatever in between intervals. Now I’m using one day a week (tues for me) to alternate weeks between tempo run and mile repeats. Loving it!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Ha!! That’s awesome!! I hope she loves them!
      I agree with you on the relaxing thing although I never thought I’d say that. After a little bit I just kind of zone out. That sounds like an awesome plan! I do my speed every Tuesday and usually a tempo on Wednesday or Thursday depending, but I may start mixing it up a bit just to try something different.

  5. Sun says:

    I’m so impressed you did speedwork so soon after your marathon! Awesome work 🙂

    I hear you on summertime runching. The weather here has yet to hit 80 but once it does, lunch time miles may be out of the question.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you. 🙂 It was pretty fast to jump back into it, but I have a 5K next weekend so I want to at least work a little on short distance speed before that.

      I will definitely miss my runches but getting up early sounds a little more attractive than having to sit at my desk for hours all funky from a run. 🙂

  6. Sara says:

    You are a beast! In the best way possible. So loving summer this year, we joined a pool so I’m looking forward to that (you and B are more than welcome to come hang with us whenever). House hunting! So excited and jealous! We are kinda stuck in our condo for a while. But we are in a good school district so I’m okay with it for now.

    And yes to margaritas!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Haha thank you and I think we may have to take you up on that invitation! That sounds awesome! Yeah the school district thing is definitely a saving grace for where we are too. We’re hoping to find something right around this area.

      I see many fun runs followed by delicious margaritas in our future!

  7. runawaybridalplanner says:

    Hope you do find a home and can get that yard and the ability to paint things however you want:)

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much! Me too. There are a couple places on my favorite list right now (of course I would have an app for it on my phone). We’ll see what happens!

  8. txa1265 says:

    Have to laugh at the size of B – it will be time for her to carry YOU soon! And I totally get that … our kids were always huge! (still are!)

    As for teen boys vs. elephants … both smell bad, make huge messes and eat monstrous quantities … but the elephants use less laundry.

    haha – happy friday!

    • runsaltrun says:

      No joke she definitely got all her tallness from my husband’s side of the family. Her doctor said she should top out around 5’9″ or so. (So like…3 inches taller than me.)

      Haha yes! I have three half brothers who are all teenagers (well one of them is about to be 20 in a couple weeks) and I swear those guys eat like trucks. And yet they are all tall and lanky. It’s amazing and slightly terrifying to watch.

  9. Michele says:

    You’re awesome!!! My summer plans are to run, visit family/friends and get ready for my pink hat to take on the East Coast in October! Have a great weekend, friend!! XO

    • runsaltrun says:

      YES!! DINNER DATE!!! That burger joint has our names written all over it! (I’ve been craving another one of those burgers ever since taper week haha!) You have a great weekend too, friend!! 🙂

  10. Michelle says:

    Oh congrats! House hunting is fun!! I love that restaurants have their patios open for outdoor dining now. Something I always look forward to at summertime. Margaritas in the sunshine!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thanks! And I LOVE outdoor patios! That margarita was from one such establishment. It’s just so nice to finally be able to sit out and enjoy decent weather.

  11. alsoranagain says:

    I’m impressed you’re already doing speed workouts so soon after your marathon! Per my coach, I’ve been taking it easy all week after last Saturday’s marathon, and also have to lay off next week. It’s killing me not to run!

    My summer plans include hanging out at the pool, training for the Portland Marathon, doing some local travel, and celebrating my 40th birthday. Woohoo!

  12. emmelineruns says:

    Oh man, I think I waited like a month after my marathons to do intervals, my legs were not into going fast for a while. Summer plans include watching the World Cup obsessively, lots of bbqs, and lots of early mornings running on the trails to beat the heat.

  13. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like you have some great summer plans! The Maragitas look especially good 😉 Good luck with the house hunting. It’s kind of a crazy process but ends up being so worth it.

  14. Heather Runs Thirteen Point One says:

    Sounds like a fantastic summer. I’m with you on the baseball games (always a loss when I’m there haha). I’m a White Sox fan, and they haven’t been doing so hot the past few years, but we go to the games and root them on anyway! I’m with you on the early morning runs. I usually run at night when I get home from work, but the summer is too hot and humid, even when the sun goes down, that it’s best to get the run out of the way early. Plus, it leaves the evenings free for #5 🙂 Betty is so adorable!

  15. SuzLyfe says:

    Let’s go for a run, got to the pool or to a baseball game, get margaritas, and have existential conversations with Betty. That sounds like a plan to me.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Good luck with the house hunting! I should go to the pool more often to swim laps (DC residents have free access to DC public pools) – adorable photos of Betty – I was def a pool rat growing up.

  17. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says:

    We are sort of in the market to buy a house too and its exciting but so overwhelming! We saw some places in Howard county last summer and were really disappointed with the houses in our price range.
    I’m getting really excited for summer, too! Even though its going to be ridiculously busy!

  18. John @ run. geek. run(disney) says:

    Great list. A lot going on. Awesome that you’re back going already after your marathon.

    I do the early morning run thing, and it is nice on many levels. Gives me a little more energy after and nice feeling just knowing I’ve already accomplished my run for the day.

  19. she's going the distance says:

    cameron and i just started looking at a bigger place as well. We live in a shoebox right now and i can’t wait to have an blogging/art/music room. Margaritas sound amazing right about now, i’m sure summer will bring our house a lot of sangria

  20. Change of Pace says:

    That’s a crazy week post-marathon- love that you did speed work!!
    Exciting about looking for a house! And baseball! I wish we had a MLB team here.
    I am so looking forward to spending lots of time in the mountains, and hopefully in the sunshine 🙂

  21. missadventuresinrunning says:

    That is some impressive training after your marathon! Wow! I have been trying to beat the heat, too. Today I “slept in” until 7:30, and I was already too late in this Jersey heat!!! What is this?! Good luck with the house hunting. I was pulling my hair out just moving apartments. I can’t even imagine!

  22. themilereport says:

    I agree that our marathon weekend seems like it was a looooong time ago. Weird!
    And go you for those post-marathon workouts! I’ve run a little bit since the race but haven’t loved any of the miles yet.
    Summer plans= (school and clinic work), read for fun, spend a lot of time outside, and make DIY projects

  23. fitnessmeetsfrosting says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh so exciting that you guys are looking for a house!!!! (PS thanks for the shout out 🙂 ) Too bad we aren’t in the same state and could move close to each other for those early morning runs. I’d totally throw rocks at your window, teenager style 😉 Have you guys seen anything good yet?

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