Think I should call this a “Terrified Tuesday” post?
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It’s official. I have 3 weeks until the Marine Corps Marathon!
Okay, so I have a liiittle less than 3 weeks, but 19 days is close enough, right?
Either way, I’m starting to get excited, and I might even venture to say I’m feeling a teeeeeny bit more confident about getting a PR. Last weekend, I did a great 18 mile run, that left me feeling confident and strong. This past weekend, I wanted to do 20-22. I headed out Saturday morning, ready for a life changing experience. The only thing I got was a super tight IT band. After 4ish miles.
Instead of slogging through 16 more miles and further irritating my IT band, I decided to cut it super short and go home. I figured my time and efforts (and confidence) would be better off icing, foam rolling and using my massage stick. So, I finished with about 7 miles for the day.
I took Sunday off (a bit more foam rolling) and was ready to tackle my 20+ miles on Monday! My friend mapped an awesome route that took us along parts of the MCM course AND finished at Iwo Jima.
I met my friend right by the Jefferson Memorial and we were off! 14.5 miles later and in Crystal City, we decided to call it quits. It was getting cold and dark and we both still needed to make it home.
We were both slightly disappointed, but I def think it was a smarter move, then trying to make our way to Iwo Jima in the dark, and then both of us having to run home. But that’s okay, because we’ll be running today AND maybe a final long run on Saturday!
When do you normally start your taper? Do you think a 2 week taper will be enough?
Also, I’m looking for inspirational words/phrases to write on my hand for the marathon! Any suggestions?!
Hi-lo! Missed me much? (that had better be a nod yes…)
Yep, I’m back!
The last several weeks have been SO crazy and busy, and I’ve gone through many ups, downs, emotions, etc. So, instead of boring you with all the nitty-gritty of my life, I’ll share the big ones.
- Marine Corps Marathoning fear. Yep, it’s alive and well. And whats even worse is that I’m fearing my long runs as much as I’m fearing the race. Last year I had the 18 miler from hell, and that broke ALL my confidence. And I’m TERRIFIED its going to happen again. I’m planning to do 16-18 this weekend, so let’s all cross our fingers…
- Long run nutrition. Along the lines of marathoning fear we have the inability to consume food/gels/chews. Yes, I’ve used them in the past, but everything has always messed with my stomach. And I’m not planning on stopping by the port-o-potties this year, so I’ve got to find something that works. So far, I’ve managed to do all my long runs with just a bit of water and gatorade. As much as I would love it, I dont think that’s going to hold me together for all 26.2 miles. Any and all suggestions welcome!
- Roommate transitions! A new roomie moved in in July, old roomie moved out in Aug, another new roomie moved in in Sept. A lot of transition, but it’s all working out!
- Unemployment! Sadly, I was laid off (whomp.) BUT it is certainly a good thing for me. I had been telling myself I need to start job hunting for a while now, so now I have the chance to get SERIOUS about it. And I don’t think I fit with the organization as well as I had in the past. I’m pretty excited about what my next opportunity will be – but hopefully it comes soon! If anyone wants to do a lunch date in DC, let me know! My schedule’s pretty open right now 🙂
- Ragnar Relay DC! Oh yeah, I joined a team for this year’s race! I saw a tweet, and jumped at the opportunity! I did Ragnar DC last year, and Hood to Coast the year before that, so I’m no newbie to relay races. I am a newbie to a leg that’s long (20 miles total) and sorta hilly. Oh yeah, and its next weekend (realized that on my run today).
As things start to smooth out a bit more, I will certainly be back to (more) regular blogging and blog reading! I miss hearing from you all!!!
Any big things happen to you in the last several weeks?
Well, I guess I should say I hope I’m ready for round two.
Last year, on October 30th, I completed the Marine Corps Marathon, my first marathon. I was incredibly nervous leading up to. I spent days and weeks in a panic about how I would get through all 26.2 miles of the marathon. And then the day arrived, race day. I ran, and felt great all the way through mile 22. And then I hit the wall. On top of that, my knee started hurting (which I now know was actually ITBS). That being said, those last 4.2 miles were hands down the worst miles of my life. No question about it. Awful. Just awful. I remember seeing my friends around mile 24, and I was not happy. At all. I crossed the finish line (right behind Drew Carey, but still ahead of his time!) pledging, PROMISING never to run a marathon again. As I was funneled through the chutes, grabbing food, meeting up with my friends, enjoying brunch, I knew that I would never attempt 26.2 again. Why do that again? Running was supposed to be fun! And that, was definitely not fun.
Well, that was 4 months ago. I guess I’m a changed woman now?
Yep, I registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon, again. Not only that, I waited, patiently, for registration to open at 3pm yesterday. And then I waited, patiently again, for the site to pull itself together. Yep, I was there, at 2:55, ready to register. Ready to repeat that last 4.2 that ruined my first marathon. As awful as those last miles were, I feel like I need a re-do to prove myself. I finished in 4:29, which certainly is not a bad time. But its not the time I wanted. Its not the best I can do. (also, it’s not better than Sarah Palin’s marathon PR!) So I will be back. And will get my sub-4 hour marathon.
Somethings I plan to do differently:
- Train. Yep, get out there and consistently run. Right now, I’m thinking 4 days a week, maybe 5 if I think my body can take it. And, I would also like to extend my longest long run to 22 miles. Last year I maxed out at 16 (was supposed to be 18, but I fell apart).
- Cross train. I literally live 2 blocks from a FREE pool. There’s no excuse. I
hope towill get my butt there 2 times a week.
- Strength train. I know this is something I should do, but always steer clear. I’ll have to get over my embarrassment of starting out with the 5lb weights.
- Ice baths. I iced some last year, but only when things hurt. This time around, I need to be several steps ahead. And ice baths seem to be the way to go.
- Tempo, speed and hills. I did a little of each last year, but not enough. I wasn’t very consistent (hence the goal to train), and often decided against doing the speedwork. Must, must, must incorporate Yasso 800s. They work for so many people, so they must work for me, right?
- Stretch. I know, I’m lame. But sometimes at the end of a run, I just want to sit. But not this year, stretching & rolling will be part of hte routine.
It’s so silly that these are the things I need to do differently. I knew these things before, and still didn’t implement. Sometimes, I
forget selectively ignore that I need to do more than just running, to stay healthy and strong. But, like I said, I’m a changed woman! If all goes according to plan, this will be my last marathon! Fingers crossed! Any other suggestions are obviously welcome!
Anyone else sign up for Marine Corps Marathon this year?
What was the first race distance that really challenged you, and how did it go?