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Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 7 (tips from run chat)

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Ever heard of #RunChat? It’s a Twitter chat that takes place Sunday nights, covering various topics related to running.

I almost missed it last night because I tried to go to bed early. Good thing I couldn’t sleep. There were some great tips on training that I would have missed (note to non-Tweeters: technically, you can always read a Twitter chat later, but what you would miss is the real-time conversation with others).

Following are some of my favorites tips from last night’s chat.

Q1: What do you do if you have a VERY busy week, and it is hard to get in all the training? How do you evolve the approach?

Q1: What do you do if you have a VERY busy week, and it is hard to get in all the training? How do you evolve the approach?

@azsungoddess1: I would focus all my efforts on when I CAN fit it in, and go to 2/days if necessary to compensate for off days.

@darrickhartman: adjust as you can. If you need to skip a run, it’s not the end of the world. Just don’t make a habit of it.

Q2: How do you approach travel and training? Share your tips on packing & getting in runs! #RunChat

Q2: How do you approach travel and training? Share your tips on packing & getting in runs!

@Bibs2Bags: Pack complete running outfit in ziplock bags; that way, I can pack them back in for home and isolate them!

@RedRunner03: Book hotels w/ a treadmill, or one w/ safe running in surrounding area. I pack just essentials.

Q3: When you're feeling sluggish on a run, what have you found helps get you through it? Any good one-liners you tell yourself?

Q3: When you’re feeling sluggish on a run, what have you found helps get you through it? Any good one-liners you tell yourself?

@KarynHanson: I also tell myself, I have to have bad runs to know how good my good runs are.

Q5: If you're preparing for a longer run, how do you set yourself up for success?

Q5: If you’re preparing for a longer run, how do you set yourself up for success?

@purplepatch: Don’t go in dehydrated or under-fueled, begin EASY (long warm up!), walk breaks to maintain form IF needed.

MCM Training – Week 7

This past week was tough — both physically and mentally. It was my first time ever logging +40 miles in a week. I thought my legs were going to give out during my long run (16 miles on the TREADMILL). And mentally, it was just rough motivating myself to get through it all (not just the long run, but most of the runs this past week). I didn’t do any cross-training. I thought about squeezing something in (like yoga) Saturday afternoon, but ended up napping instead (does that count as cross-training?).

My most enjoyable run of the week was a 5-miler on Sunday with a couple of friends, Rohelia and Cameo. We ran on a paved trail near MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac, Md. The weather was great (breezy and not too hot).

They, along with a third friend, Roman, signed up to do an upcoming race with me: Rock n Roll Las Vegas (aka #StripAtNight). They’re currently training for that, which is in November, a couple of weeks after the Marine Corps Marathon. It should be a fun event. It’s a night race, and the course runs along the Las Vegas strip (will write more about it later).

Monday, Aug. 3 – off

Tuesday, Aug. 4 – 6 miles – treadmill

Wednesday, Aug. 5 – 8 miles – treadmill

Thursday, Aug. 6 – 6 miles – treadmill

Friday, Aug. 7 – 16 miles – treadmill

Saturday, Aug. 8 – off

Sunday, Aug. 9 – 5 miles – outside

Total: 41 miles
Cross-training – none

Goals for this week: cross-train

This past weekend was a weekend of bailed events and unfulfilled tasks. I did my long run on Friday because I had a contractor over Saturday to fix my ceiling. After he left, I was supposed to go to an afternoon cookout, followed by a late-night birthday party. I skipped both, and instead took a nap and spent the evening catching up on movies. Sometimes you just have to be lame like that.

After the 5-miler on Sunday, we met up with friends and their toddlers at a swim club in Bethesda. It was a great day to be at the pool. (Pro-tip: if your toddler’s diaper leaks poop in the pool, they will shut the pool down for 24 hours. Avoid this situation if you can.) We had lunch together afterward, and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing absolutely nothing. There were so many things I had planned to do, including grocery shop and laundry, but it didn’t happen. Oh well. Can’t win ‘em all.

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m glad to have found this. I’ve been bummed about my upcoming 14 & 16 milers, thinking that nobody else was having to do them on the treadmill like I was. I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Do you watch movies? I feel like even when watching something it’s not helping me to overcome the mental part of all those miles on a treadmill. :/

    • Long runs on the treadmill are definitely tough! What helps me mentally, is if I break it up into chunks. Instead of thinking of it as a 15 mile run, I think of it as three 5-milers, focusing on getting through just one 5-miler at a time. Still tough. But it helps a little. Good luck on your training!

  2. You are the treadmill queen! So fun Roman will run LV with you 🙂 Do you have your states planned for next year? Lets email soon hehe.

    • Haha… yeah, I’ve been using the dreaded tread a lot this summer. I need to get out more! Still narrowing down for 2016. Yes, definitely let’s email soon! 🙂

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