Clarendon Day Double
September 22, 2018
Temp: 60s and humid
What I wore: visor, tank top, a Skirt Sports Lotta Breeze skirt, and Altra Ones.
September has been a challenging month so far. I managed one decent run – 12 miles with the last 6 in the pouring rain back in early September. Then the combination of limping post run + ZOOMA Great Lakes meant a couple of weeks off from running. I biked and ellipticalled and lifted weights, but I didn’t run from September 9-21. And I still had pain when I woke up.
Going into this weekend’s races, I knew I had to do them or write off the Marine Corps Marathon completely. Transfer period was over, deferrals had closed. If I couldn’t manage this run, there was very little hope of making it to the start line of MCM, much less the finish line. I needed the back to back 5K, 1.5 mile uphill walk, 10K to get in a long run.
Saturday dawned warm and rainy. Unlike most days lately, the rain quickly cleared, leaving us with a crazy level of humidity. Beer Geek and I walked to the start line, where he headed to the front and I hung back.
When the horn went off, I tried to run an easy pace, despite the amazing downhill first mile. Did I mention that my Garmin only had 24% and I was saving it for the 10K? Any ways, the first mile went fast and then we leveled out on the highway. I ran into a friend and tried to stay with her, but I found that going slower meant my heel got a little angry, so I picked up the pace. I managed to run easy and finish in 32:28. Then I lollygagged my way up the hill and barely made the start for the 10K. Oops. At least I didn’t have time to stand around and get tight.
When the horn went off for the 10K, I was feeling pretty good. No pain in my ankle and not particularly tired. I turned on intervals on my Garmin, with a plan of using them after I got past 3 miles. My mile splits pretty much tell the story of how it went down: 11:01, 10:44, 11:14, 12:19,13:01. And then my Garmin died and the wheels came off the bus. It took me 58 minutes to do 5 miles and 19 minutes to run that last 1.2. It was hot, I was tired, my calf started cramping, I had no timer to make me run after each 30 second walk… I was a hot mess, literally and figuratively. As I neared the finish line, someone yelled “Finish strong”. I was like, umm, I’m just gonna finish. I saw the course director as I rounded the corner to the finish (she’s a friend of mine) and she gave me a high five. I put on a fake smile because Beer Geek was waiting with the camera and finished the race.
The high point of the race? They give you 3 beer tickets – 1 each for 3 different locations, all in the correct direction to get home. Yes, I did have 3 beers before noon.
- I’ve been doing this race since it started, so I’m always happy to run it. I always run into friends.
- I finished.
- I only limped for a while the next morning.
- I seem to be not healing, but not getting worse, so I’ll heal after MCM.
- I was horribly undertrained. 9.3 miles of running (with 4 miles of walking before, between, after) never felt so hard.
- Mile 6. It was one of the worst miles I’ve ever had in a race. The only good thing about it was that it was the last mile.
- Last year, the day after Ragnar DC, I finished in 1:29:49, a full 20 minutes faster. Tells you where my MCM training is right now.
Would I run it again?
Yep. I love this race. It’s different than anything else I run and is either a super fast race or a challenging double race. I always run it if I’m around.
I leave Thursday for ZOOMA Cape Cod! I’m looking forward to another crazy busy weekend.
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11 thoughts on “Clarendon Day Double Race Recap”
Looks like you enjoyed yourself even tho you we’re undertrained. Great job!
You and I are in the same boat for MCM. I thought the cut off time was 7.5 hours. I just found out yesterday that it’s 7. Gulp! I did a 5.6 mile run yesterday in 56 minutes, but my hip was hurting and I took several walk breaks. I think MCM is going to be mostly a walk with just enough running to finish (hopefully) in under 7. I have never been in this spot before. Good luck! Maybe we will heal before the race. Maybe we will find each other at the race. At the back of the pack! 🙂
I think I have to come down and try the Clarendon double next year. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Wow i think that’s a great time! And I love your skirt- that’s a fun pattern (and the tank is great, too ?)
Sounds like a fun race with beer and whatnot at the finish! You’ve got a lot on your plate right now–it’s impressive that you lined up!
my friend, I think it’s time to get some help for your ankle/foot. I resisted doing that for my calf all summer. Glad I finally did
I’m pretty sure we’ve all had races like this. 🙁 Hopefully Cape Cod’s gonna feel a lot cooler! Fall blew in up here this week (although summer is still trying to make a comeback).
Oh no! I hope things heal up quickly and you’re able to make it to MCM. This does sound like a great event, though. I’m not a beer drinker, but for people who are, those three tickets probably felt golden 😉
9.3 miles in that time is good for me! I do hope your foot is able to hold up for MCM. I’ve done races injured and it was fun at all. You could start some PT and hopefully get some improvement before the marathon.
I’m sorry your injury isn’t healing! I hope it starts to get better before MCM. I’ve had a rough September as well, and took a few weeks off myself. It was definitely hard to get back into it. Hang in there though, it usually gets better!
Sometimes just finishing is strong enough. Well done and I absolutely love your outfit. 🙂
Glad to hear you’re not getting worse. Good luck with the progress toward MCM