Non-Marathon Weekend Adventures

Morning! As you guys have probably already seen on Instagram – I made it! I finished the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday. :) I’m so, so proud to have earned this medal – this was a really tough race. I didn’t get my PR (or anywhere near it!), but it’s all good – I’m still really pumped to be able to say I’ve now run the Marine Corps Marathon!

marine corps marathon finish

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap – stay tuned!

Matt and I had a nice and low key weekend minus the race – Friday we made a simple dinner at home (sausages, sauerkraut, salad) and then watched like 3 hours of Narcos (SO GOOD) episodes on the couch, which was glorious. We hadn’t had a couch night together in like 3 months!

Saturday we slept in and then did some stuff around the house! First order of business: putting out some Halloween decorations, of course! We brought back our front yard graveyard again – it was a hit last year. :)

halloween front yard graveyard

I also spent some time prepping for the race! I made a bunch of my Nut Butter Stuffed Salty Dates to eat during the marathon…

best real food running fuel

And I also whipped up a batch of Paleo Banana Bread which I’m obsessed with and ate before a bunch of my long runs this summer! I wanted to eat it in the morning before the race – I figure it’s good to stick with what works! I followed the recipe but used cashew butter (we’re out of almond butter) and almond flour (instead of coconut flour). Yum.

paleo banana bread

Lunch on Saturday was an easy throw together meal before we headed out the door for a party. I had some unpictured carrots and a tuna, sauerkraut, and arugula wrap! I mixed the tuna with hummus – yummy.

tuna sauerkraut wrap

We spent the rest of the day at a co-ed BBQ/baby shower! It was a lot of fun – we had friends in town for the occasion that we hadn’t seen in ages and we ended up staying way past the end time of the event – we were there from 3 until 9! Matt and I were going to come home and have a pre-race chicken and pasta dinner, but we decided to just kick it at the party instead. So my pre-race meal was BBQ (pulled pork), some salmon, various veggies and side dishes, etc. And I had some toast with nut butter when I got home before bed to make sure I had enough carbs. As for drinks, I stuck with water all day!

Between the race, hanging out after the race, and going out to a fun post-marathon celebration dinner last night with my parents yesterday FLEW by. I ended the day with an epsom salt bath – felt amazing on my tired legs.

epsom salt bath after marathon

I woke up this morning crazy sore, as you can imagine! I decided to take myself to the local high school pool for some really low key laps to help the healing process – swimming always helps my legs a ton when they are sore and stiff!

washington lee pool

I swam for about 25 minutes reeeeeally slow and easy and mostly just using my arms. I stopped often and stretched out my legs in the water, too, which felt amazing.

It’s a gorgeous day here today – where was this nice cold weather yesterday?! Wearing my MCM jacket with pride – I’m superstitious and wouldn’t wear it until I finished the race. Anyone else weird about wearing race shirts/apparel until after the fact? I feel like it’s bad luck!

2016 marine corps marathon jacket

The cold weather inspired me to have some oatmeal today (post-swim) for the first time in ages – this was my Microwave Banana Oatmeal with cottage cheese, strawberries, and sprouted pumpkin seeds on top. Delicious!

banana oatmeal with cottage cheese

Happy Halloween, my friends! If you’re looking for something to make last minute – try my Halloween spiderweb maple brownie cookies! :)


Are you dressing up for Halloween today? What are you going to be? We’re planning to pass out candy at our place and maybe hit up a block party nearby – not sure yet on costumes, though!


  1. 1

    Congratulations on a hard-won victory!

  2. 2

    Congrats on finishing the race! I was there cheering my sister on. Saw you posing for pictures at the finisher’s gear booth, but was in a “hurry” to get my sister to her baggage claim. Don’t know if anyone else told you, but your medal opens up!

  3. 4

    Congrats on the marathon!

  4. 5

    I love that jacket! Great job on the marathon!

  5. 6

    Congratulations on your marathon finish! It really is something to be proud of!
    Ps. I love adding sauerkraut to wraps, makes for a nice crunch! :)

  6. 7

    Congratulations!! I kept refreshing Instagram to see your medal.

  7. 9
    Roadrunner says

    Congrats on finishing, earning the medal, and being able to wear all the MCM gear with legitimacy! Seemed like a day that was too warm and humid for a PR. And probably climbing a major mountain as you did last weekend was not the best of taper week activities! But, you made it! Very well done!

  8. 11

    Congrats on finishing! That race is on my bucket list. Looking forward to the recap! :)

  9. 12

    Congrats on finishing!! MCM is a great race and the gear you bought looks awesome! Excited to hear the recap!

    My friend had a Halloween party Saturday night so I dressed up as a chef … And dressed my dog up as a lobster :)

  10. 14

    Congratulations! I loved MCM last year when I did it with my friend :) I am the same way with race gear – totally bad juju to wear any before or during the run.

  11. 15

    Congratulations! You’ve certainly had a busy marathon training season with all of that travel too!
    I can’t wait for the recap :)
    I’m superstitious too, I won’t wear the race gear until after the race, just in case!
    We had Halloween at my parent’s house last night. It’s not a huge thing here in Australia but my Dad puts lots of effort into his decorations and last night we got about 100 kids! I was a witch and my partner went as an old fashioned strong man (he has the beard for it ;). Hope you have a great Halloween night!

  12. 17

    I’m sure you hear this all the time, I see it suggested in a few of the comments above as well, but you are such an inspiration, Anne! I don’t know what percentage of what you accomplish is due to nature and what is nurture, but everything turned out god damn inspirational! I’ll keep returning here for advice! Thank you so much!

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