As many of you read, I got into the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I’ve told the people I need to tell and now am moving onto the planning stage. Yes, I know it’s 7 months away but it is never to early to plan:) Besides, I don’t know ANYTHING about getting around DC. Yes, I’ve got 7 months, but that will go quickly. So much to do and so much to think about.
The first think I’m thinking though is I’m nuts. Then again if you know me or have been reading this blog long enough you might already realize this. I just really don’t know what possessed me to enter the lottery. Probably the thought that I could say that I entered it, but didn’t get in so I’m not running a marathon this year. We all know how well that worked out.
My first concern outside of having to run the marathon is where will I stay. I know nothing about DC or the course, but I quickly learned a few things. I then looked at the available lodging and with any luck picked the right hotel. It seems to be in the right area for the start and finish. At least I hope so!!! Either way, I’ve got that reservation booked and the rest I will work out.
I’ve looked at the course and have to say I’m excited. I’ve never been to DC. It’s been on the list. I think to see it all this way will be an amazing experience. It starts between Arlington Cemetary and the Pentagon. Then me and 30,000 other people will wind through the streets of historic Georgetown on our way near the Kennedy Center. Then we follow the course to the “Run To Honor” section where flags commemorate fallen soldiers. Then continue onto views of Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, the National Art Gallery, the Capital Dome and other DC sites. I’m thinking I want to just run with my camera, but I think I’ll be a bit busy to take pictures. Busy trying to muster up the strength to “Beat the Bridge” at mile 20. Yes, this marathon apparently ends on a hill. Oh my!!!! I didn’t have the energy to carry a single rose at the end of Philly, I’m not sure how I will manage this. I think the momentum of the event will have to carry me through it. That and I’m going to train, train, train and then train some more for this:)
Can you tell that I’ve given this some thought this weekend?
Now that the shock has worn off, I’m marching forward with my plan:)
Good luck on your training and run. My sis-in-law also got into MCM and is beginning base training. DC is great.
Congratulations and good luck to your sister-in-law! Might have to visit DC over the summer for a sneak peak!