My last Friday Five as a marathoner in training. These past 16 weeks I have logged countless miles, had good runs and bad, experienced highs and lows, and enjoyed numerous bright spots to outweigh any hurdles. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m ready. And I’m grateful. Grateful that I get to be a part of this special race and this weekend for my first marathon. Goosebumps.
A year ago my Friday Five post was all about the MCM10K. We also had only 3 linker uppers (not counting our DC Trifecta!) What a difference a year makes! Today Cynthia, Courtney and I went with a theme of “5 Reasons to Race/Run…” I chose to give my 5 reasons for running the Marine Corps Marathon:
ONE: My 40th birthday. This was the underlying reason for wanting to run a marathon this year. Not necessarily this one in particular but a major reason why I’m running 26.2 at all.
TWO: Um, because I got in? Seriously, after my injury earlier this year and failed first marathon attempt I softly decided to run one in the fall. I had a list and MCM was on it but they had also just gone to a lottery system. I silently entered the lottery (meaning, I told no one!) and wouldn’t you know – I was one of the lucky ones selected. 39th Marine Corps Marathon it was
THREE: The atmosphere. Having done the MCM10K a couple of times I can say the amount of energy and excitement that comes through during this time of year is positively exhilarating. I have loved being just a small part of it with the 6.2 mile run and was always so envious of those who got to experience the full. Now I do.
FOUR: The Marines. Do I have to explain this? really? ok, aside from some very nice looking men in uniform the Marines put on one of the most well run, organized and thoughtful events – hands down. And you get to see our service men and women on the course cheering you on, giving out high fives and at the finish – you are presented with a medal around your neck by a Marine with a salute and a hand shake. Gives me chills and warms my heart all at the same time.
FIVE: It’s “home”. As much as I love to travel and run and explore new cities and racing environments, it is calming to know I’m running at home. There is something to be said about resting up from the comfort of your couch; sleeping in your own bed; and the familiarity of the start and finish lines. For this milestone race I am pretty happy that I can get up at a reasonable hour and know where I’m parking to catch the metro and get to the start on time. There is less stress about the course and unexpected elevation or terrain. These are streets I run daily and DC is such a historic and monumental place that I can’t think of a better backdrop for marathon #1.
All in all I have to thank all of you for your support, advice, words of encouragement and for just following along on my journey to 26.2. See you on the other side of the Iwo Jima Memorial. Happy Friday!
**and don’t forget abut my giveaway for 2 motivational wrap bracelets from Words to Sweat By. Enter HERE and ends on Sunday night!