Marine Corps Marathon Training T-2–10/12-10/18

October 21, 2015

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Image: Marine Marathon 

Remember back in March I received a “second chance registration” email from MCM and and proceeded to sign up for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon?  I decided Chicago would be my “A” race and MCM would be for “fun”….oooh I definitely questioned my decision making/sanity while running Chicago last week:

  • 11:26AM: Only halfway through and my quad is pinching, how will I run another marathon in 2 weeks?!
  • 1:36PM: My quad is hurting and its so hot….I’ll probably DNS MCM.
  • 2:44PM: So glad to  be done.  Going to DNS MCM, wish I could transfer my bib to someone else. 
  • 3:15PM: Cliff, I’m not running MCM. 
  • 4:15PM: Actually Cliff, if my quad feels better in two weeks I still want to run MCM (conservatively).

Kind of similar when runners say “oh I’ll never run another marathon again” and they sign up for another one a couple days later.  What changed my mind? I think it was one part redemption, one part running the hometown marathon, and one part enjoying the 40th festivities.  I decided to give myself one week off running to allow my quad to recover (otherwise my legs felt fine a couple of days following Chi). 

Monday 10/12 – Rest day / massage 

Tuesday 10/13 – 2 mile walk 

Wednesday 10/14 – 2 mile walk 

Thursday 10/15 – 2 mile walk 

Friday 10/16 – 2 mile walk 

Saturday 10/17 – Rest day

Sunday 10/18 – Rest day

Total: 8 miles walking 

When I came back to DC I called the PT office to book an appointment, but no slots worked with my schedule until after MCM! My friend Laurel sent me some stretches for my quad and luckily I do not feel it pinching anymore (if my quad was still hurting I would have opted out of MCM – I am not that crazy).  This week I intend to add running back in.  If my body was 100% following Chicago, I would have followed Hal Higdon’s Multiple Marathon Training Plan for marathons two weeks apart.     

How else did I occupy my time? (aside from catching up with work and chores). I went to a Young House Love book signing with my cousin Steph.  It was held at a West Elm and we were treated with delicious hand painted cookies. 

On Saturday, we celebrated a friend’s birthday at Hellbender Brewery in the Brookland area of DC (the building is easy to miss – it is in a brown building). 

The brewery was pretty casual and laid back.  There were plenty of tables and games to play.  Here is a tasting flight I shared with my friend, Jenn.  I am not a huge beer lover/connoisseur, but I thought their wheat version was pretty good (right).  

On Sunday I checked out the new Landmark Theater in the U Street/Shaw neighborhood – so nice! I look forward to watching movies there! 

Have you ever run two marathons or half marathons in a month? 

Do you have a favorite brewery? 

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      1. Run Jenny Run

        Alaina! Thanks so much, my second one will be up tomorrow hehe 🙂 This weekend I’m catching up on all your posts. Hope you have a good race!

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        Thanks Chaitali! Chicago recap part deux coming tomorrow, and MCM next week 🙂 Looking forward to catching up on your posts.

    1. I have run 2 half marathons in the same month before- that’s not nearly as hard as two marathons, though. Half marathon recovery is much easier for me and only requires maybe a day or so “off”. I also think I had 3 weeks between them which was a good chunk of time.

      Glad your quad is feeling better and hope you have fun with MCM! If I lived in DC, I would run it at least once too and I’m not even a marathon fan. You just can’t beat a big race like that in your city.
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        Thank you, Amy! I am on the same boat, my half marathon recovery tends to be easy for me and I can usually bounce back after 1-2 days off. I’ll have my second Chicago recap up tomorrow and MCM post next week. MCM – it was nice running along a familiar course – I knew when the mile markers would come up.

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        Thank you Sharon! I do like root beer – I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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        Haha thanks 🙂 Yes it qualified me for marathon maniac status. Now its whether I want to pay for membership.

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        I felt crazy running MCM! I’ll have Chicago part two up tomorrow and MCM next week 🙂 Glad to see you back on your feet running – I’ll be catching up on your posts this weekend.

    1. I have run two half marathons on back to back days. I also did MCM and Richmond within 3 weeks in 2013. I got a last minute bib for MCM so I figured it would be my last long “training run” for Richmond. I didn’t taper for MCM, ran a 10 minute PR (still well shy of the goal time I was training for), got sick in my recovery, and didn’t have the race I wanted at Richmond. I probably won’t do that again. But that’s me…and I was looking for a time goal rather than a completion goal so therefore approached it the wrong way and was disappointed. Stay healthy, get your rest, and enjoy. I love MCM.
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        Thank you, Kelli! I think this is my one and done for back to back marathons. I’ll have the rest of my marathon recaps up tomorrow and next week.

    1. You are amazing! Crazy, yes, but also amazing 😉 I’m glad you were able to work out some of your quad issues. Wishing you a great race weekend!
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        Thanks Tracy. Yes I was a bit nuts! I’ll be posting Chicago part 2 tomorrow.

    1. So glad that your quad is better and you can run on Sunday. We are headed to DC now and I am so excited about cheering for the runners on Sunday. You are a real warrior to try two marathons so close together. Have a great time and feed off the crowd!
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        Pam, thank you for the nice message and thanks for cheering during MCM 🙂 I’ll have Chicago part 2 up tomorrow and MCM next week 🙂 Ahhh looking forward to catching up on your/Christine’s blog – I see you made a London announcement.

    1. I’m happy to hear your quad is better and you’ll be lining up at MCM. I have run 4 half marathons in one month (earlier this year). But I don’t think that compares at all to running 2 full marathons. That is impressive!! You rock! Good luck at the race!
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        Thank you Holly! I would say 4 x half marathons in one month is impressive! I imagine it was taxing on the body. Im slowly getting back to norm for Fitbit, will need to do a challenge again 🙂

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        Thanks Nathasha – your recap was great! I’ll have my Chicago Part 2 up tomorrow and MCM up next week 🙂 Yes, lets plan on a HH/dinner soon.

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        Thank you, Jennifer!! Can’t wait to read how Richmond went and what plans you have for next year 🙂

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