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~ The People’s Marathon ~ I’m feelin it.

April 10, 2010

The Marine Corps Marathon, the annual race known as the “The People’s Marathon” brings together runners from all walks of life to participate in a patriotic race and a day of family-friendly activities.

Marathon Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010. Start Time: 7:50 a.m.

Marathon Course

The Marine Corps Marathon starts in Arlington, VA, and winds its way through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. After crossing the Key Bridge into Georgetown, the course returns to the Palisades Community for a scenic view of Canal Road, and then travels down M Street, turning on Wisconsin Avenue and then K Street. The course will then pass the Kennedy Center and take runners into Hains Point at approximately the halfway point of the race. Afterwards, runners pass the Jefferson Memorial before entering the National Mall and pass numerous monuments, memorials and landmarks, such as, the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran’s memorials, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

Runners return to Virginia via the 14th Street Bridge. For the final miles, runners will return past the Pentagon and along Route 110 before reaching the legendary Marine Corps War Memorial finish line.

Why oh why am I telling you all this???

I am a people therefore, I registered for the 35th running of the Marine Corps Marathon.  There, I said it.  It’s in the universe now.  I can’t take it back.

I have mixed feelings right now.  Let’s just say, all the injuries I’ve been dealing with, concern me a bit.  I know I can run the marathon.  So, that’s not the concern.  My concern is getting injured during training.

And I use the term training pretty lightly.  I will not be following a specific training plan.  Not that there is anything wrong with that at all.  But, for me these sorts of rigid training plans just doesn’t work.  I will have a friend giving me training advice as far as long training runs go.  I will get those done for sure.  I also have many options for speed workouts.  There is a weekly speed crew that meets in Central Park and are friends of mine.   I may give that a go.  There are also weekly Nike runs plus lots of other groups to join.  So, my training will not be a solo venture at all.

The race plus the day or two leading up to the race will be a blast.  I have not been to DC in years so I am really looking forward to spending some time there.  I am slowly convincing my sister to take the trip with me and that would really be awesome.  Some quality time with my sister would really put me in the right frame of mind to run an awesome marathon.  Plus, I have ton’s of friends running it as well, so I sense there will be many a meet up/tweet up/ and Daily Mile representin going on.  It’s not going to be so much about how fast I can run it as it will be just to enjoy my surroundings and crossing that finish line strong.

So, yes. To quote Jay-Z ~ I’m feelin it

I’m feelin it fill the glass to the top with Moet
Feelin it feel the Lex pushin up on the set
I’m feelin it through the high that you get from the lie
Feelin it if you feel it raise your l in the sky

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2010 5:28 pm

    You’re going to love it! It’s a stunning course and truly is about the people. As a people person yourself, you can’t go wrong 🙂

  2. April 10, 2010 7:47 pm

    I love what you said about putting it out there in the universe! I mentioned in my New Years’ resolution blog that I am running Chicago this year-now I have to do it, right? And no training plan- you made me feel so anal. What is the “speed crew” you referred to?
    Good post.

  3. April 10, 2010 11:19 pm

    Wish I could be there, but it’s way to close to the Richmond Marathon. As always, I’m looking forward to how it goes.

  4. April 11, 2010 12:47 am

    very exciting! 🙂 i haven’t run MCM yet myself, but i am sure it is a great race with lots of support. and supporting our troops back never hurts either!

  5. April 11, 2010 12:55 am

    MCM is a great race. You are going to love it. I need to decide soon if I’m going to run it again this year. Your goal for your first marathon should be just to finish. Do not let training for your first marathon become a chore. Enjoy it and have fun.

  6. April 11, 2010 2:05 pm

    Happy Marathon Training!

  7. April 11, 2010 2:19 pm

    Woo Hoo – way to go Michelle. You’re going to have a blast, injuries be damned!

  8. April 11, 2010 8:04 pm

    This is SOOOOOOO awesome. you’ve been putting in so much work that you deserve an amazing race to reap the rewards. can’ t wait to hear about your training! 🙂

  9. April 12, 2010 3:08 am

    You are going to enjoy the Marine Corps Marathon! It is an awesome race! I don’t enjoy training for a marathon during the summer, so I won’t be running it again any time soon, but I always have a hard time not hitting the register button.

    Good luck with your training!

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