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?!