Welcome to Taper-Town! Marine Corps Marathon is only 19 days away!

That’s right! The Long-Run-Train has been put into storage for a few weeks, as we have entered the taper-period!

I was supposed to do 20 miles over the weekend, but with a trip to Hershey Park – it didn’t happen.  Fortunately I was able to take a half day yesterday, and get out there in the pouring rain and get it banged out!

I forgot how much heavier wet shoes are….


There was a Tornado warning – in addition to the torrential down  pours, so I figured I would stay near home. I mapped out a 20 mile route, that included 5 laps around Crofton parkway (at 3.3 miles per lap).   5 loops makes the lap look really funny with all the mile markers.

100713elevationLoops also make the elevation chart very…. repetitive..

My legs were a we bit tired going  into the run from the full day at the park on Saturday, but that was ok.  They didn’t bother me too much until mile 16 or so.


I definitely slowed down (as you can see above!)  This run may be the first time I have ever been so happy to stop at a traffic light, while waiting to cross!  The only place that got really sore is my hip flexors.  That may be an area to concentrate on after the Marathon.

According to Dailymile, I did it with an average of 9:47 as the pace.  (I use the Daily Mile  one, because that is based on of a 20 mile run, as opposed to my phone which always has my runs a bit short.)  Now I have to decide what pace I hope to do the MCM in….

Please stop and consider this thought for me. What is $5 to you really?  2 cups of Starbucks?  Not even a lunch?  Perhaps you can follow some of the healthy eating tips above – and spare 5 bucks from the money you will save.  Please consider donating to help the homeless.  We can make a difference – and your $5 donation immediately becomes 10 dollars. Donations are processed through the Fannie Mae website, and are securely made.

Please consider donating to my Help the Homeless fundraiser for Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s homeless services.

logoThe fundraiser is through the Fannie Mae – “Help the Homeless” walk program, which means they match every dollar you donate, with a dollar. So even a $5.00 donation immediately doubles in size and makes a difference!

If you want to read more about the good works of Volunteers of America Chesapeake, you can check out their blog!




I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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One comment on “Welcome to Taper-Town! Marine Corps Marathon is only 19 days away!
  1. Caroline Thomas says:

    I also ran in the rain…tons of fun, good luck in running the MCM this year, you are going to do amazing!

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