Monday, November 01, 2010

Marine Corps Marathon!!

After months of training here we are at 6:00 AM on the Metro to ride into DC for the start of the race.

We got off at the Pentagon and had walk a mile or so to the runner's village to check in.

The sun is finally coming up!

Guys don't have to wait for the Port O' John's, they can go anywhere.

The Marines hard at work passing out water at the aid stations.

 It would have been nice if I was just doing a half marathon because I was already tired.  But, I had another half to finish before I would be done for the day. 

Travis and I ran together for the first 8 miles or so and then he took off.  Running alone was not fun and everything seemed to just drag on and on.  All I could think about was that I had to keep my pace up no matter how I was feeling because I had to "beat the bridge" at mile 20 before they closed the road.

... "beat the bridge"

It was a beautiful day and just awesome to be able to run through DC and take in the sites.

Nearing the Lincoln Memorial I came up on this group of Marines marching with their rucksacks

Everyone was cheering for them and I got a little emotional as I passed them. 

...."beat the bridge"

..."beat the bridge"

Here we are heading up toward the Capital building. 

Ugh, mile 19... I was tired, my left leg hurt, and I was really beginning to slow down.  But, my main concern was to hurry up and get to mile 20 and "beat the bridge" so I kept plugging along.

Woo hoo!!!  I made it to mile 20 in time and I "beat the Bridge!!"

This was a very boring part of the course where there was no energy and no crowds cheering you on.

By mile 21, I was hating life and wondering what the heck I was doing this for!

It seemed like most people were slowing down like me and limping a little bit too, so I didn't feel so bad about myself.

To be so close to the end at mile 24 and yet it still seem so far away was tough.   Only 2.2 more miles to go!

Reaching mile 25, I started to get a little excited again and got a little bit energized because the end was near.

I was starting to smile again and could feel the energy of the crowd at the finish line.  I was so excited to soon be finishing this marathon!

You have to run up a hill at the end to the finish line and you come out right at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  It was so awesome to be cheered on and congratulated at the end by a bunch of marines.  HOORAH!

 I couldn't wait to meet up with Travis after the race and fall into his arms, and that's just what I did!