I have a huge runfession to make. Huge.
I really don’t want to run any more long runs. I’m just over it.
A month from now, I’ll be lining up at the start line for the 40th running of the Marine Corps Marathon. When I decided to run it, I was riding high on my training for two marathons in one weekend. I was also enamored of the idea of running a “special” year. (Because, you know, years like 15, 20, 40, etc. are more important years to run than regular years. Or not.)
So, yeah, my decision to run MCM again was nearly as poorly thought out as the first time I decided to run it. Of course, I knew I’d be running 6 half marathons in 6 days, so I knew I needed to train this summer anyways. Why not throw a marathon into the mix? Totally makes sense, right?
Until it no longer makes sense.
Somehow I always forget how crazy September and October are around here. I mean, I know my life isn’t any busier than anyone else, but fitting in marathon training is hard when you want to do it. Training when you are over it? Yeah, not so great.
I know a big piece of my problem is that I’m still tired from last week and I have a cough that just won’t quit. Perhaps finally getting a night of sleep that doesn’t involve waking myself up coughing will help me. I’ve got two more long runs pencilled in on my calendar and that plus last week’s adventure should allow me to complete the marathon. There will be no PR, but sometimes you just have to accept that things don’t always go as planned.
How do you find your “give a d@$n” when you just don’t care about a race anymore?
And since it’s Friday Five, here are five things that helped me survive last week’s adventure:
- Rice krispy treats – for some reason, my stomach was having nothing to do with all of the awesome foods that Mainly Marathons provides its runners. I could have chosen anything from pickles to cookies to hard boiled eggs (and on some days, breakfast pasta, quesadillas, or pancakes if Norm wasn’t running). But no, my body decided the only acceptable sustenance during the race was rice krispy treats. Guess what I’ll be cutting up and taking with me for MCM – yep.
- Glide – I only use Glide for one thing – my feet. The bottoms of my feet get super sensitive after the first half marathon and Glide rubbed all over the sides and bottoms keeps me running mostly pain free.
- Skirt Sports skirts – I actually did not wear any bottoms other than Skirt Sports for the entire week we were out there. I saved packing space by wearing a skirt as casual wear and then running in it a day or two later.
- Epsom salt baths – Some days I took these right away, but a couple of days I had to wait until evening. Either way, I managed to get one most days and I found that they really helped to loosen up my calves and hips, which were constantly trying to rebel on me.
- Massages – This was totally the best thing I could have done and I highly recommend it if you ever do a series. It felt amazing to have the aches and pains from a race worked out and I swear that’s why I felt so good in the later days!
Bonus: The people! Beer Geek drove me everywhere (seriously, I think I drove 15 minutes the whole trip). The Mainly Marathons crew kept me fed and cheered me every time I came through the aid station. The other runners, well, they were just awesome. Imagine a race where every couple of minutes, someone is cheering you on, or high fiving you, or running and chatting with you for a bit. It was NEVER lonely on the course. And that’s why I keep running these crazy series. I start going through withdrawal from my running family! That’s why I’ll be heading to 7 half marathons in 7 days in May of 2016!
I’m linking up with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney for Friday Five. The topic today was Favorite Fall Activities but I wrote about my fall favorites in DC last year. I’m also linking up with Marcia for Runfessions.