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Race Recap – Marine Corps Marathon

Okay, I’m finally ready to tell you all about this race.  I apologize for the SERIOUS delay in writing this recap.  I was busy for a while, then traveling, and then just lazy. 🙂

That being said, let’s begin.

FIRST: I am still counting my blessings that the effects of Hurricane Sandy did not factor into this race as much as it was originally anticipated to.  For the few days leading up to the race, weather reports said it was going to be a rainy and blustery day for us marathoners.  And honestly, I was VERY unhappy about it.  But, the rain held out, and it was about 50ish degrees at the start, perfect marathon weather for me!

For this race, I was determined to stay even and relaxed, and make sure I was properly hydrated and fueled.  So, I started my morning with some oatmeal and a bottle of water.  I had this around 6:30 as I was getting dressed.  This was the first race that I had more than a quarter of a bagel for breakfast, and I think it worked out for me.

I met up with my friend, and we took the obligatory pre-race omg-we’re-so-excited-this-is-going-to-be-awesome pictures.  We were so ready!

And we were off!

Mile 1-4 : Super crowded.  Spent most of these miles weaving in and out of people, trying to catch up with my friend (she like to get OUT for races).  It was so frustrating that at times, I was running on the curb, or the grass.  I was also trying really hard to stay calm about my calf.  It wasn’t feeling tight yet, so I was doing okay.

Miles 5-10: Finally just gave up trying to stay with my friend, and settled into my pace.  Tried to really enjoy my surroundings and the race, but unfortunately, my calf started to get reeeeally tight.  Stopped to stretch it around mile 7.

Miles 11-18: Found my friend again! Yay! But then lost her when I stopped for the bathrooms on Hains Point (I knew there would be real bathrooms here, so I took advantage of that J).  But then I found her again a few miles later! Woohoo! At that point, we decided to just split up and run our own races.  I was starting to get really smiley and happy and just really enjoying the race.  BUT, my calf was still bothering me, and I was unnecessarily worried that I was going to tear a muscle.  Yet, I continued on!

Miles 19-23: I tried to stop and stretch somewhere around mile 19, and some lady behind me was like “you can’t stop now! You’re doing so well and you’re getting me motivated!” So obviously, I had to keep going! And that one comment fueled me for a few miles! I passed mile 20 and was feeling super strong, and I couldn’t help but smile the biggest smile ever! And in Crystal City, I actually enjoyed the crowds this time!  It seemed like everyone was out cheering for the marathoners!

Miles 24-26.2: After leaving Crystal City, I just wanted to be done.  There weren’t many spectators around this time.  Just me, the other marathoners and the road.  I just kept telling myself, “you can run any pace for 20 minutes”.  I kept trucking along, just knowing that once I finish, I can relax.  I saw my friend, and she really inspired me to push strong until the very end.  And I charged up that monster hill before Iwo Jima and sprinted to the finish.  DONE!

4:22 – A 7 minute PR

I actually enjoyed this marathon, even though I was pretty off my goal of 4:15.  It was a great experience, I felt strong, and I’m actually sorta looking forward to another!

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Trying new things!

First things first, I did not make use of the crock pot this weekend. 😦 I know, I’m sad too! I had such high hopes for all the crock pot cooking I would do, and none of it has been realized yet.  BUT, there’s still time! Maybe this week, or this weekend? Who knows when it will finally happen, but I will DEF share it when it does! 🙂

On Saturday morning, I slowly emerged from my bed and pushed myself out the door for a long run.  And by slowly, I mean slooooooooowly.  I woke up at 10 (sleeping in just feels so right) and didn’t actually head out until 11:30.  What was I doing for an hour and a half? Good question! I know I got dressed, and sipped on some Gatorade, and I guess putz-ed around (is that a phrase?) for a bit.  Anyway, eventually I hit the road, with the plan to do 10 miles.

I headed down Independence Ave, hopped on the Mt Vernon Trail, passed by Arlington Cemetery and circled around Iwo Jima.  Let me tell you, running around there brought back some good/awful memories from MCM.  The hill right before you hit Iwo Jima is just cruel, but also makes you feel powerful.  And I will admit, I did get very excited for MCM round 2 this year! 🙂

The rest of my run went through Rosslyn, across the Key Bridge, through Georgetown (bad idea), along the Rock Creek trail, and past the Lincoln (another bad idea).  That’s the point when I realized A) tourist season is in full swing, and B) time to find new running routes (or run earlier in the morning!).  I dodged more tourists than I care to remember, and even had to stop and walk bc I got stuck behind a pack that just HAD to walk 5 across. 😦  I’m not going to lie, angry Daphne started to emerge.  It was incredibly frustrating.  So, if there are those of you that are planning to visit DC and do the whole monument tour thing, I have a few suggestions.

How not to piss of DC residents, and still enjoy the city:

  • Look up.  Please, please, PLEASE watch where you’re going.  Your eyes should be looking in the direction your feet are moving.  This is critical.
  • Don’t take up the entire sidewalk/path.  I know you’re traveling with your entire family, but you all don’t NEED to be shoulder-to-shoulder the entire time.  Please be aware that there are people behind you that want to pass.  If you’re not aware, just know that someone might come barreling into you. And I’m stronger than I look. (Okay, no, that’s a lie)
  • When riding the metro escalator STAND ON THE RIGHT.  Please don’t try to rationalize why DC people can’t take the time to patiently ride the escalator.  Just let me save my precious 30 seconds by not having to (angrily) wait behind you.
  • If you’re lost, just ask for directions.  I may not look very friendly, but I will certainly help point you in the right direction, should you need it.  Besides, when you’re standing in the middle of the path, looking at a map you can’t read, we all know you’re lost.  But now you’re lost and in everyone’s way.  Don’t be that idiot.

Other than elbowing dodging hoards of tourists, my run was fantastic! I finished with 11.3 miles and really felt great for most of it.  I say most of it, because for the first 2-3 miles, my legs still felt tired (I had done hills 2 days ago).  The only downside is that I don’t know if it was a fast run.  My watch is still out of commission (locating a watch battery has proved to be quite difficult), so I have no idea of time.  This reminds me, I’ve been using the Garmin FR60 for about 2-3 years now, and it works using a footpod system, which doesn’t always accurately calculate the distance.  I think I’m ready to finally upgrade to GPS, and suggestions?  Right now, I’m considering the 405CX, but is there another model that you really like?

In other news, I did my very first ice bath! After finishing my run, my legs were dead, and certainly in need of repair.  I was unsure of how to proceed, aside from bathing with ice, so i resorted to my good friend Google for help.  Google led me to Emily at Sweat Once A Day, where she did a very informative post on how to do an ice bath.  Armed with knowledge, and a bucket of ice (well, and a few other things) I headed to the bathtub.

Tea is necessary.  It kept me warm enough so that I didn’t think much about how cold my legs were.

Entertainment is also necessary.  And if you’re me, watching clips of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is SO necessary.  I’m now obsessed with this show!

Next time, I will make sure to either make more ice ahead of time, or buy a bag from the store.  The few ice cubes that I did have melted pretty quickly.  And I think the water could definitely have been colder.  BUT, I will also note that I think it not being too cold made for a tolerable experience.  It certainly was cold, and my legs were stiff when I finally got out, but I think more ice would prob be better.

Have you ever done an ice bath? Any tips to share? 

Also, current tv obsession?  In addition to My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, lately I’ve been watching a lot of River Monsters, and it makes me want to go fishing in a remote area of Africa.

Garmin suggestions?? 

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