I ran my 22nd Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday (2:47, 83rd overall, 2nd in my age group to my Marine friend, Alex Hetherington, 46, in 2:42). I will respect the post-race recovery period. I was sore on Monday, but it was not too bad. I went for an easy jog with my dog.
It was fun to be part of the Armed Forces Championship for 20 years now. The USAF lost to the Army by the slightest margins on both men’s and women’s sides. All ran their best and exhibited the camaraderie and professionalism expected of USAF representatives.
I am the first to admit that “racing” marathons is not necessarily healthy behavior. I have said this for a long time. If the training is relaxed, aerobic, and fun, then the occasional marathon is like “monkey bars” recess day in grade school. There’s the challenge and fun of competing, but racing should be at a level of effort only to tap into infrequently. I think many runners train too hard daily and race too frequently. Instead, the sweet spot for working out is 30-60 minutes of movement most days of week.