Race Recaps keeping me MOTIVATED + LinkUp!

With recent events surrounding the Government’s decision to ‘shutdown’ I instantly began to worry about Marine Corps Marathon’s future and what the impact would be to the race. I saw, one after one, races changing routes and postponing start dates, and wondered, “What if all of this hard work ends up in no race?!”

Luckily, the folks at MCM are psychic and knew to send me an email – and one to all of their other participants of course – noting their awareness of what’s going on and addressing their plans for that very topic:

MCM and the Government Shutdown
The MCM is busy planning the multitude of details necessary for successful execution of the event operations plan.  The organizers remain focused on firing the howitzer at 0755 on27 October and launching 30,000 runners across the nation’s capital and Arlington, VA.  The government shutdown, however, certainly adds a new element to what is already a hectic period in the planning cycle.  Since the shutdown occurred, the MCM staff has been in communication with those partners that are affected and is working to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential challenges to hosting the event.  For the participants, the shutdown may raise questions and doubts if months of training will still result in the receipt of a medal at the Marine Corps War Memorial.  Marines are known for being Semper Fidelis, always faithful.  In this spirit, the expectation is that runners will remain faithful to their training and the MCM will continue to plan diligently for an amazing MCM Weekend.

I get SO excited when I see photos like this on MCM’s instagram!


I’m glad someone knows what they’re doing! Even chatting with some friends who work for MCM, they said they’re continuing with planning, as normal.

But STILL – onward with this SHUTDOWN BIZ!

There’s people that need to get a paycheck!
We all have bills!
Don’t let indecisiveness set an rotten example for our country!

End Rant.

About 2.5 weeks out from my first marathon, I’ve found myself staying motivated in different ways…

Watching Spirit of the Marathon over again…Prepping my race outfit for the big day..
Reading old Race Recaps from when I first started running…
Race Recaps [& Runners in general] definitely MOTIVATE!
(Motivation at the Disney World Marathon finish line January 2013)


I thought, today, I’d share some recent recaps I’ve read from other awesome runner/blogger/friends that you should check out!
See Sharp Run & Pavement Runner got to Meet-Up once again (I was MIA!) and run the San Jose Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon:
Krissy headed to Disney World to run the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, but first tackled the Happy Haunted Trail 5k!

My buddy Meghan, from who I do Sunday Weekly Workouts Roundup posts with, did an awesome job at the Irongirl Clermont Sprint Triathlon a couple of weekends ago!

Dani ran TWO half marathons in one weekend at Rock n’ Roll Providence & doing Zooma Cape Cod!

 Tammy kicked butt at the Allstate Atlanta 13.1 Half Marathon a.k.a. the Tour de Hills!

Laura joined the Diva ranks and ran the Divas Half Marathon Long Island despite many runner challenges!

OH, and this video that Abby shared with me made me laugh ..& still gear up at the same time!


Do you have a recent race recap to share and motivate not only [scared to pieces of her upcoming marathon] me, but others?!


What gets you motivated for a big race coming up?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    October 10, 2013, 11:46 am

    I always get excited about upcoming races, but will freely admit that I was petrified of the Goofy Challenge which included my first marathon. However, good training should trump any anxiety. Trying to get a PR is always a big motivation for me too.

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      October 10, 2013, 1:16 pm

      haha petrified is an excellent adjective I am all too familiar with! You’ll do great!

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    October 10, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Races seem like so much fun! I love reading your posts and seeing the pictures. It makes me wish I could run. I have been getting on my bike for the last two weeks every day or two and it makes me feel so much better! Small steps. 🙂

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    October 10, 2013, 12:50 pm

    I love reading others race recaps! And Kat you are sooo ready for this!

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    October 10, 2013, 1:16 pm

    So glad MCM is still on! Great idea to watch Spirit of the Marathon again… I should do that, too. And thanks for sharing my link!

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    October 10, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the link up – reading race recaps is one of my favorite things 🙂

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    October 10, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Marine Corps Marathon was my first marathon, back in 2007. I wouldn’t have picked any other course to be my first, it was fantastic! You will love it!

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    October 10, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Is it weird that we may see each other in DC before we do in Tampa? Lol! Maybe we can grab lunch or something this weekend! I miss your face and cannot wait to yell my fool head off for you at MCM. You have done such amazing training and it’s going to totally pay off. Trust in your training young Jedi.

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    October 10, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I too find race recaps so motivating and encouraging! It also helps in finding some great ideas for future races. I only wish I could force myself to write my own recaps in a more timely manner, but your post today is going to help push me to get last weekend’s race recap done by the end of the week!

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    October 10, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Reflecting on previous races makes me feel more confident and prepared for race day. When I start to doubt my training or abilities, I simply remind myself that I’ve done it before, finished strong, and most importantly, had fun. Also, never underestimate the power of a good pump-up playlist! 😉

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    October 10, 2013, 5:32 pm

    Awesome. Off to read some recaps. Thanks for including me… you know what? We’ll all be in Vegas. 🙂 – I just wont be at the expo for some weird, strange, wonky, reason… I may be a little busy the day before.

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    October 10, 2013, 5:46 pm

    I am so excited and so nervous. It’s going to be awesome!

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    October 10, 2013, 6:38 pm

    I love race recaps! They’re my favorite to read. I know you’re going to have a great on to share from Marine Corps! It’s sooooo soon!! I’m so excited for y’all!!!

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    October 10, 2013, 7:49 pm

    I watch the Spirit of the Marathon to pump myself up before a race. It’s so emotional and powerful to me!!! Race Recaps really light the fire under your ass to get out there and do it!!! You’ll do great at MCM. And thanks for sharing the video. I laughed through the whole thing. =)

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    October 11, 2013, 3:26 am

    Last year it was Hurricane Sandy. This year it’s the shutdown. Is there an MCM curse or something? I don’t know about that, but I do know that the gov’t needs to get it’s act together ASAP!

    And because you asked about motivational recaps, I can’t resist posting last year’s recap of the MCM. It still remains one of my favs. http://noshingonasphalt.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/marine-corps-marathon-race-recap/ xoxo, love you girlie!

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    October 13, 2013, 7:49 pm

    What a great idea! This will be perfect to look back at in a couple of weeks when the taper is killing me!

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    October 14, 2013, 4:52 pm

    I have never laughed so hard at a marathon video. I didn’t even think about the Govt shut down relating to the MCM.

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