It has been SO good hearing from so many of you! I love getting your communication and learning more about all my ‘bridgeheads” out there. Please keep the comments rolling in!
As many of you have commented, I too am experiencing the Olympic withdrawal blues. Oh boy how I loved the Games this year. What an amazing display of talent showcased by the American athletes.
Since I started my athletic life as a swimmer, I loved all the achievements realized in the pool. And while everyone is talking about Michael Phelps, the biggest thrill for me was seeing Simone Manuel gracefully earn her 4 medals.
No one did it better in gymnastics than the “Final Five”, specifically Simone Biles, who is breathtaking in all her routines.
But as a runner, it was the second week of action that captured me the most. I’m SO happy for those runners whose careers I have followed for the past decade, including the great Allyson Felix, Matthew Centrowitz, Emma Coburn, Jenny Simpson and Galen Rupp. And although he is not an American, I just love Usain Bolt and could watch him race for hours.
It was an Olympics that more than surpassed my expectations and I know how hard it is to say goodbye to the Games, but have no fear folks because my favorite season (Autumn) is about to begin and with that comes my favorite team sport – football!
I can’t wait for the college games to begin next weekend and if you are in Nashville, stop by because we will be celebrating! And don’t forget the incredible U.S. Open in Queens this year. I’m deeply saddened I won’t be able to be there this year but that doesn’t matter as long as Miss Serena Williams breaks the record for the most Grand Slam singles wins in history. She is currently tied with Steffi Graf and Serena has what it takes to pass her and sit at the top by herself.
So you see, there are still good times to be had for us sports enthusiasts, but no more than with our own fitness regimes. We had two amazing half marathon runs this week in the downtown area even though the temperatures hit the 96 degree mark both days. My goal was to hit 40+ miles of road running this week and with tomorrow’s 13-miler on the calendar, I will surpass that goal thanks to a great mountain run today of 6 miles.
Remember, it is imperative not to use hot weather as an excuse for proper exercise and fitness goals. I know that I am extreme and advanced (hey, I’ve been doing this for a while) but there is never any room for excuses regardless of your fitness level.
So hydrate, eat cleanly, and keep on runnin! And by all means, keep the questions and comments coming….I love hearing from you all – I truly do!