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The Marine Corps Marathon

I haven’t posted about anything running related for a good few weeks. Ok, months.  I needed a break.  I was getting so overwhelmed with what I was (or wasn’t) doing with my training that I just hit a wall with writing about it. I decided that I would step away from the excel spreadsheet, and instead, take the final weeks leading up to race day to do as much as I could without fretting over what the schedule told me to do. Whatever was going to be on race day was going to be.   I deliberately waited a month to reflect on how I felt about the race, my performance, and marathons in general, before putting it in to words. I was too bipolar in the days following to be coherent. One second I was never running again, the next I was investigating the lottery for the NYC Marathon (just window shopping, I assure you). In one moment I’d be thrilled with my time (5:24 if you’re keeping score at home) and the next I’d be beating myself up, feeling like I could …

BAA Half Marathon

The BAA knows how to put on a race. This was my second half marathon and I had scheduled it for two weeks prior to the looming full Marine Corp Marathon as part of my tapering mileage. (As an aside, anything that considers a half marathon “winding down” is absolute insane.) I figured an actual race day would get me mentally prepared for the big one – and it certainly helped. Except, this course was absolutely sadistic. Always beware the term “relatively flat” in Boston. Relatively flat to what, guys? Vermont? No. This course was not flat. On the bright side, I got my shot at doing any hill work I had conveniently ignored done all in one run! Despite the evil climbs though, I maintained my pace fairly well. My first half last spring measured extra long – about 14 miles – and it took me almost 2:40 to finish it. This one, per the Garmin watch, was much more appropriately measured at around 13.4. I clocked in at just over 2:19 on the official …