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What it takes to run three marathons in three days

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All of us, occasional runners, spectators and pros alike missed the races in person. Jordan Tropf, a 29-year-old orthopedic surgery resident and friend of Under Armor, was one of those runners looking to come back. He was so excited, in fact, that he just took racing to a whole new level. Last weekend, he reached his goal for 2021: to run three marathons, in three days, in three different cities. On October 9, he lined up for the Baltimore Marathon for the first time, finishing in 2:27:24; on the 10th he competed in the Chicago Marathon, finishing in 2:31:54; and on Monday 11, he completed his epic trifecta at the Boston Marathon, arriving at 2:32:13.

“It started off as a joke,” Tropf admits. “But then we started looking at the logistics to get there and determined it was doable. While it all might sound crazy, Tropf’s approach to three marathons holds true for a single successful marathon or a run of any distance, really. Here’s how he did it:

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Like most modern day runners, Tropf has to adjust to his training around life. A busy resident of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC, and husband of fellow runner and sports marketing director Under Armor (Run) Hannah, Tropf doesn’t have much free time to run. So he gets creative with his schedule and training.

“Sometimes I run to and from work,” he says. “On the weekend, Hannah and I will make it a day, traveling to a different place to run and then take in the views. I find ways to fit running into my schedule.

Pay attention to recovery

Running for three marathons in three days means Tropf is running nearly 100 miles a week, more than his usual workout routine. This makes sleep, nutrition, and listening to your body more important than ever in preventing injury. “I feel really good before the races,” he says. “I take recovery very seriously, get the rest I need and back off if something goes wrong.”

Tropf also avoids being held hostage to a training plan. “I don’t get carried away,” he said. “Work and home life come first and if I have to miss a few races for that, that’s okay. I refocus when everything is going well.

Find a why

With the comeback race in person, finding motivation isn’t all that difficult for fall events. But some days, even the most enthusiastic runners don’t feel like putting on their shoes. Tropf creates his own inertia by remembering how good he feels when training for a race. “I like a good race and prepare for it,” he said. “It gives me general well-being, both mental and physical, and having a goal gets me out every day. “

Do you have your own running goal? Take a page from Tropf’s book and there is no doubt that you will be on your way to success.

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