Marine Corps Marathon 2016
Oct 12, 2016
In a little less than 3 weeks, it will be time to line up with all of the other marathoners, preparing to run through our nation's capitol, chasing that 26.2 mile finish in honor and appreciation of our U.S. Marines. It is sure to be a phenomenal experience.
As with anything else, I have some goals and expectations for the race. Here they are:
1. To run my best. I may or may not run my fastest, but I do intend to run my best. I want to run strong and steady, finishing the race well.
2. To run with heart. A race can be an emotional experience for many different reasons, one of them being the realization that we are capable of doing so much more than we think we can. 11 days before the race, I will turn 50. If you had told me at 25 that I would be running the MCM in D.C. at the age of 50 (or at any age, for that matter), I would never have believed you. I want to celebrate just being there and being able to do it.
3. To run with appreciation and gratitude. I am so very appreciative of the men and women who give their lives in service for this country and I want my participation to show my thanks.
4. To soak it all in and enjoy the journey. I am going to run from monument to monument with a crowd of people accomplishing something big. I don't want to miss a single bit of it.
5. To encourage those around me who might struggle. Very few, if any, escape a marathon without some measure of difficulty. As others have helped me through in the past, I hope that I can be of help to someone struggling in their journey, so that we can all finish the race we start.
And so, for the next couple of weeks, I will take special care, I will do my daily runs, yoga, get my rest, hydrate and make good food choices. I'll be preoccupied making last minute prep decisions, what to wear, what to carry, what to pack, etc. I'll be especially careful not to overdo and will do my best to steer clear of germs.
There's much that goes into training for a marathon. It takes a long time to get to that starting line, but I'm almost there. Every single early morning run, in the hot and in the cold (mostly hot), things missed out on and dessert passed by will be worth it. It will all pay off as I RUN up that hill to the finish. It might be a slow run, but with the marines right there, I'd better give it my best shot!
Looking forward to running with the marines!
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