September 8, 2014

Confession time.....I lied

So it's time for a little confession here.  Last month, after a lot of consideration, a decision was made by yours truly to defer my Marine Corps Marathon registration this year. I even wrote about that decision here and stated all the reasons why I would not be running.  As I previously mentioned, this race has been on my bucket list and one I really want to run since it was both my sister Chris' first marathon (she ran it in 3:19, sickening right!) and Christine's last year and they both raved about this race.  So with absolute delight, after receiving my acceptance email, I entered this race on my calendar and starting making plans.

 While I have participated in a lot of races recently, Dublin Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon and the relay for the Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, they have not been raced for time but for the pleasure of enjoying fantastic race courses in great locations. This summer has been a difficult one for training here in NC.  I have done quite a few long runs in the horrible heat and humidity and felt sluggish most of the time.  But you know what? The realization came to me, that each year the summer weather is a little easier to manage and my long runs are not quite as bad.  And jumping in a pool fully dressed in running clothes post run is really fun. And that is how I kept myself pounding the pavement to complete my full mileage on some super steamy days!

Running clothes do not melt in the pool!

Last week I met coach Sami for lunch to celebrate her birthday and I mentioned that I was having second thoughts about Marine Corps and asked her if I was crazy.  She prefaced her answer with a question, "Do you plan to re-qualify for Boston"?  I emphatically replied no, that due to a less rigorous training schedule, I would be running "for fun" and the experience of such a special race. She immediately looked at my training schedule and made a few adjustments. My mileage will not get as high as it has for my prior marathons, but a long run of 20 miles should be enough.  So, just like that, I am back in the race.  Well, to be accurate, I never deferred because the date to defer was September 1st.  Thankfully, I will have the opportunity to race this year and I look forward to October 26th and another marathon race day!


Have you run the Marine Corps Marathon?  Do you have any advice or suggestions?

29 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that you've made it "blog official" that you're going to still run MCM! Hopefully I'll either see you at the finish line (if I decide to run the 10k) or along the course if I volunteer instead.

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    1. Kathryn, It will be wonderful to see your smiling face that day. Yes, I am excited and yesterday's 14 mile run is getting me back on the right track!

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  2. I know Lacey was very excited that you will be running MCM this year. Hopefully the two of you will be able to connect while there! -M

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    1. I'm trying to finalize weekend plans and maybe we will be roommates!

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  3. I'm glad you're back in and I'll be looking forward to your recaps!

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I really am excited about this race!

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  4. So glad you are back in it! MCM is going to be my 1st full .....hope to see you there!

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    1. Jennifer you picked a great one for your first. It was Christine's too!

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  5. Awesome! It's absolutely ok to change your mind! I hope you have a blast!!!

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    1. Women always have the prerogative to change their minds right?

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  6. YAY, Pam! Excited for you!! Can't wait to hear all about the race, I know you're going to have an amazing run!

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    1. I don't how amazing the run will be, but the scenery and course support will be amazing!

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  7. Awesome! I'm glad you'll be running it- I'm volunteering at MCM from 5:30 am to 12:30 pm- I hope we can see each other!

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    1. So happy I will get to see you again Sarah!

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  8. I had to laugh at jumping in the pool fully clothed. When I did my first 26.2, it was in Kona. As soon as I got back to my hotel, I didn't even go back to my room. I took off my shoes and walked right into the water. Holy moly, does it feel good! I'm looking forward to reading your recap of MCM.

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    1. Wow, running your first in Kona would be fantastic, but a trip to the pool would be a necessity!

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  9. YAY!! I am so excited for you to be running it this year! :0) You go girl!

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    1. You are a great cheerleader Lauren.....thank you!

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  10. Good luck with MCM. I don't do marathons, but I don't blame you to do this one just for fun because DC is an awesome place to run and I've heard the course and support are great. Plus I think you could enjoy it more if you weren't worried about a time or qualifying for Boston.

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    1. Running a race, particularly a marathon with no goal at all will be unusual for me as a highly competitive person.....however, being under trained should help hold me back on race day!

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  11. Pam, that is great! I'm glad you're going out there and gonna run it. The great thing and what I love about you, your honesty. Thanks for just being real on your blog. :)

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    1. That is a huge compliment Sarah and I really appreciate it. At my advanced age, there is no point in sugar coating anything!

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  12. Awesome, Pam! Sounds like something I would do...Have a great race!

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    1. Thanks Pete. I know I will have fun and there will be tons of crowd support!

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  13. Awesome! I ran MCM last year and LOVED it. It was my very first marathon and the best experience ever despite my less than stellar time. I'm training again for it this year and hoping to redeem myself. I say just take in everything. It's a very emotional race, very patriotic and inspiring! Have fun!

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  14. Just like I said in VB - this is my favorite race ever. I am glad you will get to experience it.

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