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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?