The final week! This week was all easy running leading up to race day – the thing I had been waiting for, for 18 weeks!
Monday- Easy 4 miles. I had 5 on the schedule, and I really only felt like running 3. So I compromised and ran four. This run was done on the treadmill because I got home late from work (a theme for the week, unfortunately).
Tuesday- I got home even later from work than Monday (it had already been dark for close to an hour when I finally made it home). I was feeling tired and not up for running, and decided it was best to listen to my body and just rest.
Wednesday- Rest day. Took a trip to invest in some throw away clothes for Sunday morning.
Thursday- Easy 5 miles on the treadmill after work and before traveling to the DC area. Also encountered a minor shoe crisis less than 3 days out from the Marine Corps Marathon. Eek! If you missed it, you can find all the details HERE.
Friday- Easy 3 miles in the neighborhood area around my Dad’s house. I had 5 miles on the schedule, but 3 felt right after walking around at the Marine Corps Marathon expo earlier in the day.
It was a gorgeous afternoon to be out for a run, and I really enjoyed myself as I thought about how excited I was for Sunday’s race. After so many weeks of training! During my run I also got to see an elusive black squirrel. Have any of y’all ever seen one? Do you have them where you live? I also saw a snake – right after I narrowly avoided stepping on it!
Saturday- A little over 2 miles easy after my Dad and I drove most of the Marine Corps Marathon course that morning. He parked at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima, the location of the finish line) and I got to run around the memorial and in the Rosslyn area.
I also got to catch a glimpse of the Arlington National Cemetery during my run.
Sunday- Marine Corps Marathon!!! Finally, the day arrived and I got to run the race I had been training for since the beginning of summer. It was an amazing experience and I really loved the race. I didn’t quite run the race I had hoped to run, but I still had a great time and I think it’s safe to say MCM is my favorite race that I’ve done so far.
I’ll have a full race recap up sometime later this week, but for now: Mission Accomplished, baby!
Total Miles: 40 miles