Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fortnight to Semper Fi

Two short weeks until the Marine Corps Marathon.  14 days left for fine-tuning and incessantly checking  14 days to figure out where I’m supposed to go and when I’m supposed to be there.  2 weeks to prepare myself for more than 15 times as many runners as I’ve ever run a marathon with.

This morning was 14 miles of hilly trails, and it wasn’t pretty.  Not especially bad, but my legs were very heavy and dull.  Had this been race day, it wouldn’t have been very enjoyable.  I’ve had a mild calf strain for a couple months now, and for some reason it really flared up this week.  I was concerned about this morning’s run, but the one upside to the run was my calf felt much better than expected.  Not great – but better than I thought it would.

I think this morning’s run proved that although my mind isn’t crazy about it, my body may just need a nice taper to be ready to go on 10/30.  It was a beautiful morning, perfect temps, beautiful sunrise … but my body was having none of it.  Sometimes you’re the windshield …..

On the professional front, after completing my sixth interview (my company is nothing if not thorough) I was offered a new position in my company on Tuesday.  Haven’t let anyone other than my current boss know at this point, but I’m very excited to head in a new direction in my career.  Major departure from what I’ve done for the last 20 years.  A chance to switch back into learning mode rather than continuing to apply the same knowledge over and over again.  Old dog …. meet new tricks.

Checked on the MCM website to try and start working out race day logistics, and discovered in the FAQ, contrary to what I had been told, that iPods are in fact allowed during the race, but not encouraged.  Now I have a decision to make – go with the tunes or soak in the crowds sans music.  I think I may bring it along with me in case I need a little jolt later in the race, but try to go without for the bulk of the race.  Depends on the weather as well – don’t want to fry another one during a downpour.  That was an expensive lesson to learn.

I think the most important thing for me to do in the next two weeks may be getting some sleep.  Still not getting enough for my mind and body to recover every day.  I don’t seem to be applying this lesson-learned very well.


  1. Congratulations on the job! That's gotta be really exciting for you after 20 years.

    Ahhhhh taper... that was my favorite part of marathon training.

  2. Congrats on the new job! It sounds like you may need some rest before the full at the end of the month. :) Don't worry you will have a great race day I'm sure of it :)

  3. Taper time! The marathon will be here soon.

    Congrats on the new position!

  4. great news about the job!

    and get some sleep!!! ;-)

  5. will drive you batty (seasonal pun intended). I institute a no rule up until the Friday before a race.

  6. Congrats on the new position!!

    Try to enjoy your taper... get some rest! You've trained hard and it will pay off!

  7. congrats on the job! that's gotta feel good. and you are going to do great at MCM. just use the taper and relax.

  8. Congrats on the new gig! Enjoy your rest, the next 2 weeks will fly by I'm sure : )

  9. Congrats on the new gig!!!!

    Def hit me up at Mile 22, I promise you won't miss me either, as I'll be wearing disco ball sequined pants and maybe a wig? I haven't quite figured out exactly what yet but that pants are for sure! LOL! :)

    Good luck with the rest of taper!!!

  10. I hope your taper is going well and that you are excited for race day. Looks like the weather will be good! I'm looking forward to seeing DC, although I'm coming down with a cold. I'm going to bring an iPod as I've heard that it can be a little lonely in the stretches between the monuments. Good luck!