Marine Corps Marathon!

So this happened…


(Yes, folks, it’s official, I will add back the “running” into this running blog, woot!)

But that confirmation was not before I went through almost an hour and a half of this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And some of this…


And a lot of this….


At the end, I wasn’t successful (and both Karl and I were trying from our respective computers), but my friend Angela was in getting me in.  (Thanks, Angela!)

So it’s official:  in two months (!!!), we move back to the States, I will rejoin my running group, and will start training for the marathon.  (It will be my third marathon, my second MCM.)

I’m not going to lie:  I’m really really nervous about it.  I still have strict instructions that I cannot exercise (my body rejected my stitches from childbirth so my recovery has not been easy), so I don’t even know when I’ll be ok to start running again.  And being stuck at 9lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight, which was already 15lbs above my marathon training weight, I know it’ll make things harder.  Plus, the knee pain that showed up in my third trimester is still there…  And my feet are a constant source of issues since I was training for Chicago.

But Karl promised to watch Elena while I go for training runs, and enough of my friends signed up that I’ll have company for training.

I can do this! 

I can do this, right? 

I really hope I can do this.

Wish me luck.


Filed under Marathon Training, MCM, Race

20 responses to “Marine Corps Marathon!

  1. You CAN do it!!! Yeaah! Congrats on getting in! Saw Angela today–I say you name your 2nd child after her. 🙂 I can’t believe how long it took people to get through! I think the average wait time was 2 hours? Organizers need to get it together. This is my first MCM! Woot, woot! Pretty excited!

    • Yay, you got in too! Exciting!!! I had no idea you were running with the group until I saw your pic on the FB page (and then I got depressed that I didn’t recognize anyone except for Nina and Barry in the picture…).

      The group will definitely be doing training runs together — and though I’m a slow butt, there will be plenty of folks to run with you during training too.

      I was texting with Angela the whole time and couldn’t believe when she finally said “you’re in!”

  2. I put on sympathy weight to go with your pregnancy, if it helps. And I’m registered!

    • It does help. Nothing like being a team player and not making me gain weight alone! Here’s hoping you’ll be in DC to train with me, but even if not, you know you have a place to stay (dude, I’ll be walking distance from the start…).

      Now onto May when I go through the same trouble to register for the Army Ten Miler (my favorite race!).

  3. Congrats! Nothing like a marathon to get you back in the running game. I am way too out of shape to run MCM this year (I’m coming back from a 4 year hiatus), but I hope to run it next year. It’s my fave.

  4. junebugpins

    Congratulations on getting in! That was an accomplishment in itself! :c) I look forward to watch your progress as you train for the MCM. I’ve never run that far before and that is so amazing….hope one day to do just that!
    Yay! Thrilled for you…..
    Hope to run the 10 miler this year!

    • I look forward to watch my progress as well… Let’s hope I can make some progress! I’m excited but scared. I’ve done it before, but I was in half-marathon shape last time I clicked the registration button for a marathon. Now? I doubt I can run a 5k without a break. *sigh*

  5. I am so excited for you and I am very much looking forward to reading about your training. YOU CAN DO THIS! 🙂

  6. YAY!!!! I am so excited for you! I want to come join you on a run when you get back!

  7. I heard there were all kinds of issues with the MCM registration-how frustrating.This is a wonderful incentive to get you back on track! You will do great.

  8. I hate registration issues. But yay for getting in and getting back to running! If you still have knee issues, I highly recommend paying a visit to my good friend Nic Ebright in Columbia for a taping session and using Rock Tape instead of a brace – Nic taped me up for my marathon and my knee issues didn’t flare up at all! (I mean, they were sore, but I’ve been told that is normal.)

    Anyway, don’t let your worries get you down – you will train up and you will be awesome and it’ll be totally epic. And hopefully this year the medal will be cooler.

    • Thanks for the tip on the taping — Columbia is FAR though, so we’ll see if it’ll be feasible (and feel free to remind me again when it gets closer, between the baby, the move, and training I’ll be a bit spaced out…).

      And YES on the cooler medal! Let’s hope it’s the one I wished for back in 2010!

  9. Woo hoo! Congrats on getting in! I heard it was tough but man, 3 people on 3 computers? That’s nuts!

  10. You can totally do it! I know you have the determination! It will probably be different than training before having a kid, but, lol, that is to be expected, right?

    Happy to hear you did get in! Did some people not?

    • It seems like a lot of people were unable to get in! At least the people I know who were trying, did, even if at the last minute before it sold out.

      And yes, training with a kid should be interesting…

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