I just finished my first Marine Corps Marathon training run!
Minus that hour I spent refusing to get out of bed this morning after staying up too late last night at another Junior League meeting, I was excited all day to run. I even really wanted to sneak out at lunch, but that’s not really an option for me. But good lord did I want to go as my coworker and I went to pick up lunch. If I hadn’t been wearing 5-inch wedges and a skirt, she might have had to restrain me.
I’m pretty sure I was rocking the world’s first pre-run high today. I printed out my training plan. My creepy coworker who sits next to me and reads my blog aloud (Hi Izzy!) and I talked marathon for a while–she’s doing NYC, and it’s her first! Marathon was seriously on the brain.
I brought clothes to work so that there was no way I’d change my mind once I got home. I changed clothes and pretty much skipped out of work. These days I mostly run in the mornings (which is shocking to me, too), and any time I run at night, my lower back is SERIOUSLY tight when I start after spending all day sitting at a desk. I usually just
suck in engage my core and stretch my arms up and it goes away, but it’s an annoying way to start. I ran east to the East River from my office and realized that E. 29th/30th is not the best spot to get onto the East River path, and I ended up running through Bellevue. Oops.
Per my plan, I was supposed to do 4 miles at an “easy” pace. The plan identified “easy” as 10:04. I had my phone in my Spibelt and pulled it out a few times to check my distance, but mostly ran by what felt easy at the time, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was keeping right around a 9:00 mile…even if I wasn’t supposed to.
I was definitely in a bit of a funk a little earlier this spring, but with lots and lots of endorphins from marathon training and my exciting new Junior League responsibilities, I’m pretty sure all that’s turning around.
Let the games begin.