Friday Five: Why I’m Running Marine Corps!

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. MCM_Five

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.

Official Marine Corps Marathon mile markers (source: Marine Corps Marathon Facebook page)
Official Marine Corps Marathon mile markers (source: Marine Corps Marathon Facebook page)

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!

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    1. Good luck and have fun on your first marathon!! Great reasons to run the MCM! I don’t know much about it. That’s cool that a marine presents your medal with a salute and handshake!
      Sherry recently posted…Five Reasons to Run a RaceMy Profile

    1. Those are such great reasons to do that race! I really want to run it someday- I have heard its a great course and atmosphere. Last year I ran a marathon on my 30th birthday- it was a great way to celebrate/distract myself from it:) I also love doing local races. I live in downtown Baltimore so it is really convenient and fun to run in the Baltimore Running Festival!
      Good luck this weekend!!
      Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Five Reasons To Run A Half-MarathonMy Profile

      1. I loved the Baltimore Running Festival when i did it a couple years ago – need to go back! Definitely a great way to celebrate life and a milestone birthday.

    1. That’s so funny that you “silently” entered the lottery. I did that with NYC this year and what do you know? I got in, just after I found out I was pregnant. LOL I got to defer to 2015, but still had to pay (boo) I’m glad you are getting to run your marathon! I’m cheering for ya!
      Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Five Reasons To Run Best Damn RaceMy Profile

      1. haha, I figured if I didn’t get in no harm, no foul and I wouldn’t have to commit. Thanks lady, hope your little man is doing well!

      1. OMG – I’m freaking out!!! thank you so much Sue!!! it was nice to have a parallel training partner. Hope all goes smooth for us both on Sunday!! (((HUGS)))

    1. I love all of your reasons, Mar. I debated registering for the 10k, mainly because I wanted to be a part of the race and its atmosphere, but waited too long. When I discovered that it was full, I knew that I had to volunteer. There was no question as to whether or not I’d be a part of this weekend, and I can’t wait to be a part of it as I cheer runners on at food stop #2. Good luck on Sunday!
      Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – October 24th – Five Reasons to Run a Half MarathonMy Profile

      1. are you volunteering for the stop at the marathon or 10K? I’ll be sure to look for you!! thanks for volunteering and the good wishes 🙂 this is really a special race.

    1. i juuuuust stumbled upon this Friday Five linkup (courtesy of Suzy at Suzlyfe) and have decided to linkup to you gals and participate this week. 🙂 thanks for hosting and good luck this weekend — you’ll rock it!

    1. Aww, Mar! This great! I’m so excited for you and now I want to run MCM! I have some friends who’ve run it in the past, so I know it’s a great race; to hear you share your experience is really neat, though. I wish you all the best and I know you are going to have a great time! Have a wonderful weekend!
      Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Five Reasons to Run a Half MarathonMy Profile

    1. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this race! I’m sure you will have a wonderful experience and will rock it 🙂 I’m not sure if I’ll ever do a full marathon but if I decide to do it, I’m thinking of doing it the year of my 40th birthday too.
      Chaitali recently posted…Friday Five – reasons I race/runMy Profile

      1. I wasn’t sure either but this seemed as a good a time as any. perhaps it’ll be one and done for me but definitely looking forward to the experience 🙂

    1. Best of luck Sunday! You are going to do great and have a fantastic time!!!

    1. Those are great reasons to want to run this race. I am so excited for you.

      And Umm, 40 years old? You don’t look a day over 25 my dear ( that’s a compliment).

      Lacey will be running MCM too, hopefully you’ll see her.

      1. I love hearing that 😉 you’re only as old as you feel – though after training I feel 90! haha! I’ll be on the lookout for Lacey.

    1. Have a great run! Congratulations on the milestone race AND birthday!

    1. Just found your blog. I’ve done lots of halfs too but haven’t yet taken that final step and commit to do a full. 2015 will be the year! Good luck on your marathon! I love your 40 by 40 list.

    1. I’m sure you’re finished by now, and I hope you had a great first marathon experience! I, too, ran my first marathon (MCM) just before my 40th birthday! That was way back in 1997, and I’ve run bunches of marathons since.
      Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Five Reasons To Run An UltraMy Profile

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