I feel like I always struggle to write full marathon recaps. How do you write down the mental, emotional and physical experience of a 26.2 mile journey by foot?!?
I personally really enjoy going back and re-reading my race recaps, I look at my blog as a sort of journal (albeit a journal open for the world to read!), so that being said, apologies in advance for the very long recap, but I didn’t want to leave anything out. I want to go back and read this as I’m getting ready for my next marathon and be able to re-live the Marine Corps Marathon just as I remember it today.
The Marine Corps Marathon
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Good thing I lay all my clothes out the night before a race, because at 4:45am after a restless night of sleep there is no way I would be able to…
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I’m happy to report I completed my first marathon, 26.2 is in the bag:) It was a wonderful, fun experience.
0400 AM ~ Got up ready to go. Surprisingly I slept the night before with no problem. I was calm and I was glad none of my cats decided to “play” during the night. Maybe I should chalk it up to inexperience but I didn’t have a case of the jitters. Ate a banana drank a glass of water and a cup of coffee. Checked the temperature and it’s 31 degrees. Not happy about that, but at least it wasn’t raining or windy out. If you’ve been to the Midwest, you know what I’m talking about. Put on my gear and I was out the door.
0515 ~ met Kathi at the train station. There were a lot of other runners already waiting (this was kind of neat) so the excitement…
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To all of my friends and team mates running the Marine Corps. Marathon tomorrow: Godspeed, run smart, and finish strong. Leave it all out on the course tomorrow, and finish with nothing left in the tank.
And to my friends who serve or have served our country: thank you for your sacrifice.
Semper Fidelis. And retreat hell.
So the last post was me feeling kind of sorry for myself. This one will be better.
See, I got a package in the mail yesterday. That package contained my medals from the Nerd Herd Running Virtual Racing Series.
These are the first medals I ever got and it dawned on me that it is a big deal. At least to me.
The medals themselves are of good weight and fit to ether to form the Nerd Herd logo. There’s one for the May the 4th Be With You 5K, the Happy Birthday Harry Potter 10K and the Banned Books Half, as well as a fourth medal for completing the series. It really filled me with a sense of accomplishment. I know some marathon snobs would say that it wasn’t a “real” race and I didn’t have a stellar time, but it’s a big deal because I did it.
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I truly believe that disappointment and failure breeds the passion for victory and success. That feeling of wanting something so badly, only in the end not to obtain or achieve your goal is a hard lesson. I’ve experienced that disappointment through sports, education and life. Some of those life experiences worse than others. One things for sure, I’ve always had this tenacity to come back and fight harder.
Circa late 1970s and I’m in Middle School in Victoria, TX. I’m in the 6th grade and interested in trying out for the girls basketball team. I love basketball and I wanted to be on the team, so badly. The day comes to try out and let’s just say…hmmm I had a lot of work to do. All in all I thought I did fairly well and when try outs were over we were told that the team postings would be listed on the locker room wall by the…
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