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!

58 Comments on Friday Five: Why I’m Running Marine Corps!

  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!

  2. 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!!

  3. I loved Marine Corps (so much so that my post is much like yours LOL). Have a great race and enjoy every minute of it!

  4. So. Excited. For you. Not much of a comment for this week other than to simply say good luck and have an amazing experience!!

  5. Good luck Mar!!!! You are going to rock it – hope to see you on the course Ooooh rah!

  6. 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!

  7. OMG, so freaking excited for you. You are going to LOVE this race…don’t be surprised if you get the bug from it. I have the bar so high now for any future marathons because of it!! HUGS!!

  8. This whole post gave me goosebumps! I have enjoyed training for a first marathon vicariously through you. Have fun and good luck!!!!

  9. 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!

    • 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.

  10. Good luck! I have family friends doing MCM this weekend too. The 10k is on my bucket list.

  11. ack! i’m getting SO excited!!! all the feels. see you soon 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. I’m SO excited for you! Congratulations on getting the hard part done, the training. Now all you have to do is enjoy your victory lap! It’s going to be AMAZING!!!!

  15. Good luck and more importantly, have fun on your race!

  16. YAY! So unbelievably excited for you, Mar! I hope you have an awesome day! 🙂

  17. 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.

  18. So excited for you! Hope you have an amazing time-can’t wait to read about it

  19. It sounds like an awesome race! It’s on my bucket list. Have a blast!!!

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

  21. I have heard so many great things about this race! Good luck 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. Great list. Best of luck. You’ll do great. Look forward to reading all about it. 🙂

  24. All great reasons! Good luck – you’re going to do great!

  25. I love running on my home turf, too. It really makes the city seem like a different place.

  26. Ahhh so excited for you, Mar! Good luck and have the best time!! 🙂

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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