This past spring my husband decided to start training for his first marathon. The lucky marathon chosen was the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. He had heard from so many people that it was a great first marathon to run. I also learned that there was a 10K the same day of the marathon. Being that I had resolved to take running more seriously in 2013, I thought that was an attainable goal. Along for the ride I decided to convince my sister-in-law Jo-Anne and one of my oldest and good friend Maureen to do the 10K with me. This race also worked for my husband and I, because it was in DC where I grew up and my parents still live there. So the weekend would be easy peasy, no airplanes, no hotel rooms, no worrying about a sitter for the boys.
Once we all started training the 3 of us ladies would keep tabs on one another via text when we ran. This helped me keep motivated throughout the year especially through the hot summer. During the boys summer vacation I would actually get my babysitter (thank God she is an early riser) to come at 7am while the boys were still asleep so I could log in my miles. Once fall came and the boys were back in school and the days got cooler, running was more pleasant. As I have written before, running has always been a challenge for me and way outside my comfort zone. Slowly but surely I was starting to enjoy it a bit.
Race day rolled around pretty quickly Sunday, October 27th, 2013. The best thing about the race is that I ran it with fun people. My fondest memories of that day will be more of us during pre and post race shenanigans. We were the crazy ladies hollering at people coming on the metro at 5:30 am, from their night out on the town (in costume no less).
If you are a runner and haven’t run in either the marathon or 10K, I urge you to put it on your bucket list. Nothing can describe the energy that this race has. There is so much support on the streets from Marines to loved ones looking for their people. It really is energizing. The 10K is the last 6.2 miles of the marathon. You start by the National History Museum on the National Mall and end up at Iwo Jima (that assent which is the .2 miles is steep, just a FYI). It is a very scenic course and also rather flat. We were very lucky that our friend Maria got a bib in the week leading up to the race and ran with us. She was our pace keeper. Normally runs can be very mentally challenging for me, but this race was so much fun, all the mental fighting I do on runs wasn’t there that day. After we finished my sister-in-law was dead set on finding a handsome Marine to take a picture with us and of course she did!
After we finished and rehydrated and got some food. We went back to see my husband finish. Let me tell you that is an experience. It is so humbling to see runners that are approaching the end of 26.2 miles.
Seeing your runner approach the finish line is a marvelous experience. I cannot really explain it, but know that a few tears were shed by a very proud wife and a big sister.
Thank you Marine Corps for putting on a top-notch race. We can’t wait to see you all next year!