Marine Corps Marathon Training T-1–10/19-10/25

November 3, 2015

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?

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      1. Run Jenny Run

        It has been a great investment so far! Love being able to move from my bed to the bike in seconds 🙂 Will have the MCM recap up soon!

    1. Congratulations on your MCM finish!! The fact that you completed two marathons last month AND with quad pain for the second race is amazing. People should get medals for completing multiple marathons in a month. Haha. I hope the PT helps and your quad feels better soon. Looking fwd to your race recaps! And P.S. that dim sum looks so good right now. Mmm…
      Nathasha recently posted…Race Recap: 40th Marine Corps MarathonMy Profile

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks pal! Can’t believe I did that and its only been a little over a month since MCM. Need to get that recap up.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks! Hopefully you’ll find one. I did stalk the CL for a few months hehe.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thank you so much, Mindy! Catching up this week, hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Will read your posts this weekend 🙂

    1. Love the Marine Corps Marathon medal! Looking forward to reading how the race went for you. Sorry to hear your quad has been bothering you – I hope it feels better soon.

      After a major race like a marathon, you deserve some time off with all the treats! Pizza sounds like a perfect way to celebrate 🙂
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      1. Run Jenny Run

        The quad is feeling so much better – thank you Sun! Pizza is one of my favorite foods.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        It was pretty – had some glittery specks in it too. Hope you get to run MCM one year!

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks so much, Janelle. The quad is brand new again. Glad you had a good race in Annapolis, too bad we didn’t get to meet.

    1. I have been wondering when you would be back to blogging. So sorry that MCM did not go as planned but I had a feeling based on your limited posts on social media. Hopefully the visit to the PT will help with your quad and hip issues. I just had a leg massage today and have homework now of lots of stretching and rolling.
      Pam and Christine recently posted…New York City Marathon ExpoMy Profile

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        Thanks Pam! PT went well and my quad feels brand new. I look forward to upping my mileage again and getting back into the strength training routine.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks, Jenn! So happy for your marathon announcement and can’t wait to follow along next year. Haha your grazing comment was great 🙂 I’m sure you will be grazing with alot of yoga!

    1. Jenny, congrats on the new bike trainer; that’s so exciting!! Jonathan has one that he really enjoys using during the winter months; he’s found all sorts of interesting virtual bike rides on YouTube that he watches while he rides! It’s pretty cool! I’m so glad that you got some help with your quad; they’ll have you back in shape in no time. Way to go, Jenny!!
      Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Fast Girl by Suzy Favor HamiltonMy Profile

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        Oohh thanks for the intel, I never thought to look on YouTube! My quad is feeling much better and I am SOO EXCITED for your upcoming marathon 🙂 Catching up on all your posts tomorrow.

    1. Your Dim Sum picture reminded me of the Dim Sum book you gave the boys, which is currently one of Jordan’s favorites, he’s been making us read it over and over to him. Sorry to hear work has been busy, hope your quad is feeling better!

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