Saturday, September 5, 2015

MCM Training Week 12

Week 12 of Marine Corps Marathon training was a recovery/cutback week and I was grateful to scale things back a bit. I think I needed a mental break even more than a physical one.


I've been thinking about my goals for the race. The one that immediately leaps to mind, of course, is to finish. But that isn't my only goal. Here are my goals so far:

  1. Get to the starting line injury-free
  2. Be in the moment and really experience MCM
  3. Beat the Bridge*
  4. Cross the finish line
  5. Time goal? Uncertain if I will have one. TBD...

What is Beat the Bridge?
Runners must maintain the 14 minute-per-mile pace to reach the 14th Street Bridge and successfully "Beat the Bridge" just before mile marker 20. The 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners after 1:15 p.m. Any runners unable to "Beat the Bridge" will be required to board the straggler buses and be driven to the event finish area. 

From the Marine Corps Marathon Facebook page - 50 days to go!

Week 12 Statistics

I ran 4 times for a total of 26.5 miles.
  • Track: 5x1000 at threshold (T) w/ 200 (speed)walk followed by 1 minute rest (4.5 miles)
    • It was very humid and I barely slogged through this workout. 
    • My neuromas flared up for the first time in months during this run. I hope they don't make a return appearance anytime soon.
  • Easy runs: 3.1 and 4.7 miles
    • A big "thank you" to Roz who gave me sport beans during the 4.7 miler when I suddenly became ravenous. 
    • I should have eaten something closer to the run or brought a gel. My stomach was empty.
  • Long run: 14.2 miles 
    • We started out too fast, running the first 4 miles closer to marathon pace than easy pace. 
    • Although we slowed down for the rest of the miles, we were feeling the effects of going out too fast by the end of our run.
    • We'll make sure not to make the same mistake next week when we run 20 miles!
  • Strength training: 3 times (my routine)
  • Yoga: 1 yin yoga class 

My MCM Vision Board

Onward to Week 13, and to running 20 miles in the "Revenge of the Penguins" race!

Read about previous training weeks


  1. Another great week Kim! Since I was only ran 3.1 miles on the C&O canal, I asked my friend who usually runs on it and this is what she said,

    "The gravel doesn't bother me too much, but I definitely think it's harder for me to run on. It's a preference thing... I prefer pavement. Running on the C&O trail makes me more tired afterward than running on pavement. I do my long runs on there though because it's an easy, straight shot.

    I usually wear trail running shoes when I run there. You can wear regular running shoes, but the bottom of your feet may feel a little sore afterward"

    I don't think it bothered me too much when I got distracted with my running buddy :)

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, that is really helpful information. I appreciate your going out of your way to ask your friend about it. I can't believe I'm going to run a 20-miler next week!

  2. I'm really glad to see goal number two on this list. I don't think I ever really did it for any of my five MCMs, except for this last one when I knew my race was flushed and I was just reveling in the dumpster fire. I MIGHT have had fun during the first one, but even then I was a little flustered. Enjoying this race is really worth it. Still in your cheering section for this!

    1. Thanks for the cheering & support! Goal #2 is always my favorite race goal. It makes such a difference :)

  3. What a cool MCM vision board Kim. Had to look up your link on neuromas, as I was not sure what it was. It really would be tough, when you think you found what works, and have overcome it, to have it flare up again.
    Sincerely hope it will not be an issue in future training/events!

    1. Thank you, Carl! I appreciate your support and good thoughts :)

  4. #1 is a REALLY important goal. I hope you meet that one. And beating the bridge sounds pretty important too! I hope the weather is great - that can make a huge difference.

    1. One of my coaches told me at the beginning of my training that #1 is my #1 goal. It took me a while to really get how important it was and that it really was my first goal, even ahead of finishing the marathon.