Today marks exactly one month until Marine Corps Marathon. Training has been going fine, though I did end up missing my 13-miler this past weekend because of a sick baby. Luckily it was a lower-mileage long run and the only long one I’ve skipped this training cycle, so not a big deal.
Honestly, at the beginning of September I was so, so, so stressed with training (and life), but ever since getting the first 20-miler out of the way, I have felt so relaxed! It almost seems unnatural to feel this calm…part of me thinks I should be freaking out/stressed out right now! There is only one more week of training left (and two long runs) before taper time. I cannot believe that we start to taper in a little over a week – finishing up training is an accomplishment in itself, and at this point, we’ve already put in 95% of the work and now we just wait…
This weekend’s long run is 12-miler, which Danny & I plan on accomplishing by participating in Pacers’ Clarendon 5K & 10K and adding 3 extra miles. The 5k starts at 8am and the finish for that is 1.3 miles from the start line of the 9:05am 10K, so we’ll be running from the finish line of one to the start line of the other (plus some extra miles tacked on), and then completing the last 6 miles of our 12 miles through the 10K. Whew! Next weekend’s long run is supposed to be 20 miles, so to hit that mileage, Danny and I are doing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (which is a point-to-point race starting at Mt Vernon & finishing at National Harbor), and then running back from the finish line at National Harbor to our cars in Alexandria. Each of these long runs seems totally do-able, partly because they are sort of “broken up” into segments, and also because we are not seeing a “new” distance anymore until October 27!
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