Oh how I WISH I was referring to the actual lottery.
But I’m not.
A few weeks ago I won the running lottery for the second time. The lottery to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. The first win was in 2014 for the NYC Marathon. Either I should stop entering lotteries I don’t need to win, or I should take this as a sign that I’m ready for a comeback post-stress fracture. I’m going with the latter.
A funny story before I get into the details….I was sitting around the fire pit with my parents and I said to them “I’ve been thinking about entering the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon.” Well, my mom didn’t hear the word “marathon” and said “WHAT?! The Marine Corps?!” No, no, mom. I just want to run their marathon, that’s it.
Why another marathon?
A little recap: my injury last year prevented me from running my third marathon. I had already gotten up to 18 miles in training and felt good…minus the foot problem, obviously. I took a long time off to rest and heal (mentally and physically) and I’m now remembering the reasons I enjoy running so much. The main reason for a marathon: I want the challenge. I also genuinely enjoy the structure of the training (for the 16ish weeks…not for the entire year). I think I’m solving a lot of problems, both health and running mechanics-wise, and believe that both will contribute to a more successful training.
No particular reason, but I would like to run a race in every state so this would be my third marathon in my third state (District, whatever). A few other points: I love D.C., I’ve heard this is a fun race environment and I have family in the area.
What am I going to do differently?
Aside from my new inserts/heel lifts and work to correct mechanical imbalances, I’ve decided to hire a coach. I’m SO excited about this decision. Most of you know Susie from SuzLyfe, but if not, go check her out. She will be my coach :) She has experience returning from injury (personally and with clients) and the best, most encouraging personality in the blogging/running world. We will be starting work in late June to just get the ball rolling with a really slow build-up.
Get excited (?) for more running-related posts when the training begins. The race is Halloween weekend. For now, I need to psyche myself up for training in the Florida summer again. Luckily, it doesn’t bother me too much once I get over the initial adjustment.
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To end on a similar note, I wanted to share a new playlist of running songs. Not necessarily new songs, but a good mix of upbeat tracks that will keep you entertained and motivated during a run or workout.