I’m here, I’m here! Sorry for the hiatus – this blog is still (and will be) very much alive! It has been a little cray cray at work the past month, leaving me exhausted in the evening. Last night I came home and passed out in my bed around 7:00PM (with a mini wake up moment around 9:30PM). Okay…time to catch up (this title really should be T-1 AND some). Some of you know this already… nine days ago I ran 26.2 miles around DC with 23,000+ friends. Not a pretty race for me….but a pretty medal! Thank you all for all your support through comments, texts, tweets, and social media messages. I did think about them while I ran (I mean… 26.2 miles gives me alot of time to think haha).
The week leading up to the 40th Marine Corps Marathon was not what I imagined it to be. The majority of the week was spent resting my quad, walking and foam rolling. I went for a 1 mile jog/run on Thursday and it felt fine – woo…in the clear!
Monday 10/19 – 2 mile walk
Tuesday 10/20 – 2 mile walk
Wednesday 10/21 – 2 mile walk
Thursday 10/22 – 1 mile jog/run
Friday 10/23 – 1 mile walk
Saturday 10/24 – Rest day
Sunday 10/25 – Marine Corps Marathon + 1 mile walk
Total: 35.2 miles run/walk
On Friday I got into work a little early so I could leave a little early to pick up my bib. I met my friend Nathasha (check out her MCM race recap here) and we explored the expo for a bit. It is always nice catching up with a friend.
Afterwards, I met Cliff and took him out for his birthday dinner. A couple of weeks ago he mentioned he was craving some surf and turf, so I made reservations at the Palm Restaurant in DC. The birthday boy and I shared some lobster and steak – yum! Cliff humored me when I insisted he wear the lobster bib…of course I took a pic (posted to my Instagram).
The next day I met up with the Oiselle Team for a carb loading lunch! I had a little scare that morning – my eyes were bothering me (I thought it was an eye infection, but fatigue was the culprit), so I wore glasses for the day and opted out of the shake out run.
The next day was the Marine Corps Marathon. It was pretty painful, but I finished. More to come in a recap (after my Chicago recaps). So what have I been up to since the marathon (and when I am not working)? After MCM I gave myself a week to eat whatever I fancied….YOLO…right?! It got old pretty quickly; by Wednesday I was ready to get back to my salads. Here is a pic of my first time eating at & Pizza.
Ever since the Quantico Triathlon I’ve joined a few tri related Facebook groups and began
looking stalking Craigslist for a fluid bike trainer. One of my goals for this winter/2016 is get bike strong! I made a purchase this past weekend – a used CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer for $135 (new retails for around $300). Although it was my first CL buy, I am not naive (probably paranoid after reading horror stories and watching too many Law and Order episodes) – I made sure we met at a public location. The seller ended up a nice guy, but you never know! Can’t wait to log many miles on this.
I also stopped by my parent’s house on the way home to pick up a few packages. Thanks to the Annapolis Running Classic race organizers for the awesome ambassador gear. The shirt is so soft! The 10K is now sold out, but if you are interested in signing up for the half marathon (you should) feel free to use JYREF15 for 10% off!
Since I was home, my mom asked if I wanted to join her for lunch. She suggested & Pizza, but I just ate there earlier this week. We ended up going to Silver Fountain for some dim sum yum!
In other news, you all probably guessed my quad bothered me during the MCM (and also why there was no running last week). I attended my first physical therapy appointment at Fast Track Sports Medicine and Performance Center (thanks Courtney for the recommendation). My PT performed an initial assessment and gave me four exercises for my quad and hip. I’ll be seeing him at least for the next three weeks. Once my quad has healed, he’ll also perform a run analysis to correct my form.
Do you prefer surf or turf?
What have you been up to?