|Leaving my mark on the wall|
|We were famous - made it on the official photo feed!|
The alarm went off early - but not runDisney early since we were so conveniently located near the start. We bundled up before heading out to the start, and decided to take the metro down to the Pentagon station, instead of trying to walk. It was really about the same either way. It was chilly, and we got to the start as the paratroopers were jumping in with some gigantic American flags. We unfortunately missed the National Anthem, but we parted ways once we finished breakfast and dropped off our bags at bag check, since we were each running our own race that morning.
|I spy the start line!|
In Chicago, I had forgotten my headphones, so I had a tough time keeping on my intervals. This time I made sure I had my headphones, and did my best to stick to my 4/1 intervals. I did start getting sore, so I slowed down and stretched some, and was able to get back in the groove.
The course took us through Arlington, out and across I-66 (I think that's technically the Crystal City area... I'm not totally up on my geography around DC), back down and along Rock Creek Parkway, into the District, around the Mall, across the 14th Street Bridge, through Pentegon City and back in for the finish near the Marine Memorial! If you haven't seen my multiple Runkeeper posts in DC - I absolutely LOVE running in this city. This race was fantastic because it took me through so many different parts of town. For 2014 the Marine Corp Marathon is going to a lottery, and I highly recommend this race to ANYONE, whether it's your 1st or 1000th marathon.
|I did it!|
I finally made it to the finish village and met up with Marcia. We tried really hard to make it to the Runner's World party, but we just couldn't manuever our way back to where it was, so we gave up and headed to our pad for the weekend, got a shower and a recommendation for a burger joint, and headed off for some yummy post-race goodness. It was another early bedtime, as we were both worn out from our early wake up call and - oh yeah - we ran 26.2 miles!
Here's my confession: I actually got sick around midnight that night. As I was laying on the bathroom floor I started thinking back to the day I got sick on the ride, and I realized that for both instances, more than likely, my problem was dehydration. While I didn't actually throw up that night on the ride, I did this night, so maybe it wasn't the same, but who knows (and sorry to share so much). But once I threw up I felt much better and went back to bed. And I'm pretty sure this is the first time Marcia is hearing of this... sorry I didn't tell you!
The next morning she was flying back to Florida, but before I dropped her off at the airport, we made another trip in to the District for some sight seeing. We hadn't really had a chance to do this Saturday or Sunday, and even though we had run 26.2 miles the day before, we still conquered the steps of the Lincoln Memorial! It was an all around fantastic weekend - even with the midnight sickness - and I was so glad to share it with one of my #CorralG sisters :)
|We conquered those stairs!|
|I'm a superhero!!|