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Marine corps marathon (sorry, no photos)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fellow sparkers.
This weekend was the 37th Marine Corps Marathon aka MCM which is one heck of a marathon with 35.000 people - about 23500 finished. The event is divided in a 10k and a full marathon.

I left home on Friday. Wen to my hotel and just chilled. The last couple of weeks at work has been very hard emotionally (although I don't do hospice - what I do is closely linked with hospice).

Got up Saturday morning and had breakfast at the 'greasy spoon' of the hotel - enuf said :-) I then went to the EXPO. For the first time I had time to bum around and actually go to the booths I wanted to go to ... and I managed to get out of there without buying anything.

On my way back to the hotel, I went to lunch at a bookstore/restaurant I had been recommended on Dupont Circle. It was awesome (Quinoa, greek yoghurt, roasted nuts, granola and fruit). Got back to the hotel and met up with John (JOPAPGH) who was staying with me Saturday night. We chatted and went to dinner. We had a early dinner - good thing - because we beat the crowds.

Of course we were keeping an eye on Sandy - so we knew how we needed to dress in the am.

We left the hotel just before 6am - and on the way in the elevator we met a challenged athlete. No arm and a spring leg. These guys are amazing. Headed to the shuttle and to the start area. Now, I told you how large this was - then add families. It is huge!!!!

John and and I had different finish times in mind, so we separated fat the start - and after the national anthem there was a flyby by two Osprey's - if you want to see what they look like click on link
.. and then the gun ... no - it is the marines - so we use a howitzer - the first gun for the wheel chair - and the second for the 26.2 and 10 milers.

I am not kidding you when I say it is wall to wall runners the entire time. There is a LOT of people. The weather stayed dry - but it got windy.

I did OK for the first half - I was with the 5hr pace, but after 14 miles I started to slow down. A hip injury from a fall two weeks ago started to create limitations. But I would not give up, so I put on some music - and walked very brisk the remaining 12 miles of the event, and finished in 5:40 or 13.1 min mile. BUT - I finished.

The biggest challenge was after the race. Standing in line for the bus (the line at the Metro was no better). I made it back to my hotel in 2 hrs - I had to rush and get a shower for the shuttle to pick me up for the airport. Flight was only 45 min late ... so I was back home at midnight.

There were two of us on the plane with MCM shirts - the pilot recognized us on the PA. He had run the 10k himself that morning.

No blog will accurately describe the experience of MCM. It has to be experienced. However, if you want to participate - you have to be fast - this year it sold out in 2 hrs and 40 min.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ETTEZEUS 11/5/2012 3:54PM

    Congrats! Sorry to read about the hip and happy to hear that you didn't get stranded in DC.

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JOPAPGH 11/5/2012 3:44PM

    Nice to spend some time together. Sorry about the hip, but glad you could finish. Just signed up for the Pittsburgh full in early May.

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LADYGWEN25 11/5/2012 2:28PM

    Way to go Jan! you were right behind Julie and i.. I just did my MCM blog... It was an enlightening experience to say the least. :) I plan to do it again despite my challenges during the race.. And looking forward to possibly a spring Marathon. :) Well that's if i can con Julie into :)

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BOILHAM 11/4/2012 4:26PM

    Good job. Congrats on finishing though injured.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:45PM

    WTG on a good finish Jan...looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.

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GYMRAT_AT44 10/31/2012 9:17PM

    Yeah! Congrats!

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FRECKS96 10/30/2012 8:21PM

    Congrats on your finish! You were right behind Gwen and I. You may have even seen me, I had my daughter on my back for the very end of the race and until I got my medal. The wind did get rough at times, but what an amazing experience!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/30/2012 10:56AM

    I know. I missed it this year. I really want to give it a shot next year. It sounds like a worthwhile experience.

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RHONDALYN10 10/30/2012 10:05AM

Too cool about the pilot. Gotta Love MCM!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/30/2012 7:15AM

    Sorry we were not able to meet at the Expo. I am glad you were able to fly out on time.

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LKEITHO 10/29/2012 10:51PM

    Congratulations on your finish! MCM was one of the first marathons I did - and the worst day I have ever had doing a marathon. It is truly a spectacular event, though! Like you I wound up walking most of the last half of the race due to an injury - no way I was not going to finish. I'm glad you enjoyed the event, and congratulations again on persevering!

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JEM0622 10/29/2012 9:02PM

    Congrats on your MCM finish! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MCCOURTT 10/29/2012 8:39PM

    LOVE the Blog, that is the MCM to the tee!!! I was tracking the race Sunday morning praying that Sandy was not early. emoticon again on the MCM!!!

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    Congrats for finishing - sorry about your hip. Glad you enjoyed your time.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/29/2012 6:38PM

    Way to go, Jan!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/29/2012 3:24PM

    Congratulations on completing the MCM!

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SHRINK_U 10/29/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like an awesome experience. Way to go :)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/29/2012 2:35PM

    I'm so proud of you for going AND finishing. You could have given up, but you chose not to. Great job! Sounds like such a cool, fun event. Glad you made it home safe and sound. emoticon

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