Happy Monday (and Halloween!)! Yesterday I finished my 23rd marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon. 

Medal from the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon | Crazy Running Girl

 

It was an amazing experience and super emotional but the course was not my favorite. I’ll have my full recap up tomorrow!

But in the meantime, some thoughts that I had when I was running the Marine Corps marathon yesterday:

I realized that I really need to do some hill training, especially before I run Boston next spring. 

The first two miles of the course at Marine Corps Marathon are basically uphill, and my legs were definitely feeling it. Minneapolis has some solid hills, so I’m excited to build that in to my marathon training that I’ll start in January-ish (with some perfect winter weather I bet). After living in Austin for several years, I had minimal hill training because of where I ran and I know that if I focus on hill training, it will make me that much stronger. 

 

Every time I run a marathon, the experience is so different. 

Even when I’ve run the same course a few times, every race is it’s own animal and I think that’s why these races are so addicting. You never know what’s going to happen come race day, so it’s always exciting to line up at the start and see what’s going to happen. 

I was thinking throughout a chunk of the race how different this race was from the Twin Cities Marathon — from the runners to the spectators to even the overall experience. And not in a bad way, it was just a different kind of race. 

 

Man, I’ve been through a lot of changes this year. 

Well, when you have 26.2 miles in front of you, you can’t help but think about what’s going on in your life and this was actually a good thought track for a solid chunk of the race.

Sometimes with the busyness of day-to-day life, it’s hard to actually sit down and think about it all. I wrote a little bit about my post last week, but I feel like there’s something therapeutic about pounding out the miles (even in a race) and thinking through life. 

I didn’t solve anything, but it sure felt good to spend some time thinking and working through life. 

 

People are so inspirational. 

Look around and you will see the most incredible stories. I felt like that the entire time I was running the race, and was absolutely blown away by the grit of everyone running around me. So many amazing people who have done so many incredible things. That is one thing I loved about this race — runners recognized that and cheered them on along the way. 

I’ll talk about this more tomorrow — but there is one mile in the race that shows the names and faces of soldiers killed in action and man, talk about getting a little emotional. 

 

I’m excited/nervous/terrified that I have another marathon in less than two weeks!

This will be the most marathons that I’ve run so close together (I qualified for Marathon Maniacs when I did Boston 2 Big Sur, but I might be able to up my status now!)… when I called my Dad after the race yesterday, he asked how I run so many marathons so close together and I really don’t have a good answer. I said it must be our German blood. 🙂 

But, I think when you do run marathons that close, you have to think about altering your goals because your body will be tired. For instance:

  • Twin Cities Marathon: 3:33.53
  • Marine Corps Marathon: 3:50.56

 

Some people are beasts and do much better than that, kudos to them! So even though I have another marathon on the books, it’s a non-goal race and I’ll be focusing on having fun and finishing (and knocking another race off the 50 marathons in 50 states list… you know, for when I finally commit to that). 

 

What do you usually think about when you’re running?

Do you ever run races close together? How do you survive? 

 



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