We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Welcome back to Tale of 2 Half’s and Happy Independence Day! As we sit here writing this post, we have been thinking about all of the places one or both of us has visited in the last month that represent a small portion of our country’s freedom and Independence. From Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia where the 2nd Continental Congress signed our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
To the Statue of Liberty – a gift to the United States from the people of France – representing the Roman goddess Libertas, who bears a torch and stone upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
~ The New Colossus, by American poet Emma Lazarus
And also Ellis Island where today over 100 million Americans— about one-third of the population — can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island for inspection before departing for points all across the United States.
These are only a few of the many iconic locations in our country’s fight for freedom and independence and we would highly recommend that each of you visit these locations at some point. Now, on to our workouts for the week:
Travis: Training has been off to a good start for me as I am prepping to tackle the Chicago Marathon for the second time. I have only missed one workout in the first four weeks and my times have been faster during the first month of training than during previous training periods. After one month my legs feel good, my new shoes are breaking in well and I’m injury free. Hopefully this trend continues during the second month.
Monday: 6 miles @ 8:28 pace
Tuesday: Skipped Workout
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:15 pace
Thursday: 7 miles at Marathon Pace @ 7:26 pace
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 13 mile Long Run @ 7:36 pace
Sunday: 6 miles @ 7:49 pace
Total Weekly Mileage: 38 miles
Jen: I’ve been doing a lot of shuffling within my training to accommodate various events and life in general but all in all everything is going well! This past week was a little lighter which was welcomed while we were traveling! I’m anticipating the next few weeks will have me heading into the highest mileage long runs that I’ve ever done.
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: unplanned rest day
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 3.5 miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: Off. This would typically be my long run day but it was pushed to today instead.
Monday: 13 miles
Total weekly mileage: 23.5 miles