This weekend is the 38th Marine Corps Marathon.
5 years ago, I ran it as my first marathon. It was an amazing experience!
My decision to run a marathon was not a long thought out one. Instead, it was the result of an off the cuff remark to a friend. But once it was out there, I realized I really wanted to do it. I wasn’t a distance runner at that point. I’d run the Army 10 Miler once (and hadn’t been able to walk for days.) But I put in the time and the training and did it.
It’s an accomplishment I’ll always be proud of. I have no desire (at this point) to run a 3rd marathon, but the Marine Corps Marathon was such an amazing experience that I get nostalgic and wish I was running. (Here are my very long recaps (yes plural): Pre-Race to Mile 9, Miles 10-20, Miles 22-26.2)
What did I love about it (and why should it be on your bucket list)?
- The organization – I have never before or since experienced such a well run race. And when you think about the sheer number of runners that were kept on track, it’s kind of mind blowing.
- The energy – There was not a single moment in the race when I was alone. When I was in my worst moments of the race, there were spectators just waiting to lift me up. I can’t tell you how many kids’ hands I high-fived. It.was.awesome.
- The course – MCM is my “hometown” marathon. I was able to train on the very hills that I raced on. (Admittedly, the course also goes past monuments, but I can’t say I noticed LOL.)
- The men – call me shallow, but having good looking men in uniform hand me water? Yes, please.
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!
Good luck to everyone running this weekend! I’ll be with you in spirit and wishing I was running along with you.