Surprise! Two Marathons in Two Weeks

I ran another marathon last weekend. I know, I know…WTF?! Where did this come from? Well let me take you on a little journey though the past two weeks:

On the Monday post-NYC Marathon, while still on my PR-induced running high, my fellow running-obsessed coworker asked me if I’d want to run the Brooklyn Marathon two weeks later. “We can become Marathon Maniacs!” she said. That piqued my interest. Who doesn’t want to be referred to as a maniac?

(Probably most people.)

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I said something along the lines of “let me think about it and see how my recovery goes”. I was actually rational for once and didn’t sign up that day. Very unlike me.

On Wednesday, I emailed Laura (who has finished over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons!) to ask her how she knew she was ready to start running back-to-back marathons. From the very first message she was supportive. Without her enthusiasm, I’m sure I would have given up on the idea. 

By Friday I was feeling great….but I had literally done nothing exercise-related since Sunday. I wanted to go for a test run before registering, but got nervous that the race was going to sell out (which it did, the next day!). So I signed up, figuring that since it’s loops (NINE. LOOPS.) of Prospect Park, I could easily drop out at any point and go home to drink beer instead. I was 100% okay with DNF-ing. (If you’re wondering, “DNF” is what’s notated in race results if you “Did Not Finish”.) So, since I was still high on life, I signed up. I mean, if I take it easy, it’s just like another long training run…right?

I told no one. I didn’t want to get scolded. Or yelled at.

Please tell me you understand why this is supposed to be funny…

I had all intentions of trying to run 8 miles on Saturday or Sunday (in attempts to re-create my taper) but instead I half-assed an elliptical workout and sort of did yoga, laid on the couch, played video games with Brendan and his brothers, stayed out late, and ate Brendan’s Mom’s awesome chicken parm.

On Monday, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill at my gym. I was aiming for 5 or 6 but by mile 2.5 I felt like crap. At this point I started leaning more toward “eh, I’m not going to do it. This is stupid.” I didn’t keep up with hydrating or begin eating more of my calories from carbs. I did nothing to prepare. Yikes.

On Wednesday I went to Soul Cycle with GB (who ran an awesome half marathon this weekend – congrats again!) and it was amazing. More on that later.

And that’s literally all I did in the past two weeks. But I didn’t feel bad about it. (Well, maybe a little.) I listened to all the people (okay, strangers on the internet) who wrote posts about how a person won’t gain or lose fitness in two weeks, and to just “listen to your body” and rest if that’s what’s needed. I think that’s definitely what I needed. I fully embraced the rest.

I guess it worked just fine, because on Sunday, I ran the Brooklyn Marathon. The WHOLE THING. (Recap coming soon!)

So pretty!

So pretty!

I totally surprised myself. I wasn’t even sure I was going to show up until Saturday night. My running high had turned into “I hate running and I want to sleep in a down comforter cocoon for the entire day”. Since I was Meghan’s ride and I didn’t want to be a jerk, I begrudingly showed up on race morning.

I started getting a little more excited when I got to Prospect Park and saw the medals (fabulous) and soaked up the energy of the other runners. It was such a low key race and everything was super simple. No corrals, no insane lines…it was perfect.

Still, I was fine with doing a couple laps (read: NOT NINE) and then going home to get out of the rain, take a hot shower, and be lazy. I did want to finish, but not at the expense of my muscles or happiness. It definitely hurt more than the NYC Marathon, and the vibe was totally different. I really had to dig deep mentally and the miles didn’t tick off effortlessly. But somehow, I had fun!

Thanks Ken Shelton Photography!

And…I finished!

Another uphill finish…WHY.

It was a tough mental and physical challenge, but I’m happy I did it. I’m thrilled that my body, which I’ve thought for the past couple years is prone to injury, was fine. (Shout out to Finish Line PT – couldn’t have done it without them; I’m certain of that!) I absolutely could not and would not have done this without Meghan, so I’m very thankful for her inspiration. Also, Laura. Have I mentioned how awesome she is? Even though I didn’t have a time goal, she gave me a couple pointers on creating goals as you go – to keep you going and give you something to focus on and to be proud of.

BK Finish

Thanks to Cynthia for the photos!

Next up on my race schedule?

Drumroll…

Absolutely nothing. Resting. Doing whatever I want without regard to a training plan. Lifting more. Maybe getting a little better at yoga. (I know, I’ve said this before…but I mean it this time.) When I finished the NYC Marathon, I was already itching to run another marathon and was looking (daily) at my options for the spring. Now? I’ve had my share for a little while. Who knows, maybe I’ll work on my 5K PR. Or my half marathon. We’ll just see where the world takes me.

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24 Comments

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you!! You inspired me too…Boston to Big Sur…Wineglass and NYCM…you are a champion!

  1. November 19, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    BADASS! As usual!

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Awww thanks :)

  2. November 19, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    You are awesome!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Dori!

  3. November 19, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    YAY so badass! Congrats!!!

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks Jen!

  4. November 19, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    Congratulations girly! When I saw that you ran another marathon so quickly, I *knew* it had to be for marathon maniacs because I know what that is! Some of those people are amazing, I met a few at my last marathon. Usually they don’t run the races super fast, a lot of times they do them as training runs for a goal race which is understandable.

    It’s still amazing that you did it…. sounds like you had a great strategy too by not really running much, asking for advice, and not telling people (because people tend to freak out when you run ONE marathon much less TWO back to back like that). Congratulations and enjoy being a maniac, hehe.

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:31 pm

      Haha you were totally correct. I already applied :) Thank you! Yeah I didn’t want to hear any negativity so I kept it a secret. So glad I did!

  5. November 19, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    You are constantly setting the bar higher for yourself. At some point we have to meet at a ” bar ” to celebrate that.!

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Let’s do it! Meet you halfway? Where would that even be?!

  6. November 19, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    Girl you are awesome, i can’t even imagine doing one so two so close together… props to you

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you! Tough but worth it :)

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks! Already did, hahah! :)

  7. November 20, 2013 / 9:41 am

    You are the toughest most awesomest person I know!! You make me want to push even further. Rockstar!

    • November 20, 2013 / 3:58 pm

      You push extremely hard as it is, champ!! But I’m so glad I can help in some small way :) #honeybadgerdontcare

  8. November 20, 2013 / 9:47 am

    You are the toughest person I know ironkara and you make me want to push myself! #ironkara rocks!

    • December 4, 2013 / 12:25 pm

      You don’t know how happy I am to hear that. If I can inspire one person, that’s all that matters to me! Thank you!!

  9. Beth
    November 26, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    I can’t even believe you…you sneaky little marathoner! You are absolutely amazing and such a huge inspiration. I’m so so so proud of you! Congratulations!!!!!!

    • December 4, 2013 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you! It’s addicting, right? Riiiight?! (Do you have your 2nd in mind yet?) :)

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