I promise one day I’ll get better about writing on a regular basis! I’m a couple weeks behind, but I still wanted to share my Marine Corps Marathon recap with you guys!
Cas’s husband scooped me up bright and early on the morning of the marathon so we could head to the metro and start our hike into DC. He had mapped out the different spots we’d be able to see her at throughout the course and I figured out what metro stops we’d need to take to get there. We got lucky and saw her FIVE times along the course!
The first place we parked it at was around miles 5 and 9. The way the course was set up we’d see her run at mile 5 then walk a block and see her again at mile 9. It’s hard to look for a specific runner when there are so many passing you on the course! The first time she ran by us I almost missed her– the only reason I didn’t was because she threw her shirt at me! Once you spot them in the crowd you can’t miss them, though 🙂
Before all the runners came around the course, the hand cyclists came through. Many of these guys and gals are racing for charity and are either an amputee or racing in honor of one. It was pretty motivational to see these folks trekking along ahead of the runners. There were also a lot of people that were running, but pushing people in strollers that were disabled. I think that may have been one of my favorite things about the race. The people pushing the strollers would make sure to get real close to the crowds so we could high five the passengers as they ran by. Running a marathon is no easy task and I can’t imagine that pushing a stroller with another human being inside of it is any easier– but these people did it with a smile on their face and joy in their heart and I just think that is awesome.
After we saw Cas at mile 9 we hopped back on the metro and headed toward the National Mall and planned to see her again at mile 15 and then again at 18. It was interesting to see the change in peoples faces between the first spectator spot and this one. At Miles 5 and 9 everyone was smiling and waving as they ran past us, but by the time we got to mile 18 you could see the wear and tear in their faces. I can’t say I really blame them, they had just run 18 miles and still had 8.2 more to go! But along with the wear and tear you’d see the determination in their eyes– and that inspirational to see on so many people.
By this point we knew we wouldn’t be able to get to Crystal City to see Cas there AND at the finish line, but we knew we had a few family friends there waiting to cheer her on so we headed toward the finish line to grab her there.
Cas will tell you she is a little disappointed with her official time. She ran into some dehydration issues around mile 18 and it slowed her down a little, but the girl kept on running. She still set a PR and finished faster than most people would even dream of finishing, but she is determined to get back out there and fuel properly so she can reach her goal time. Even though she is slightly disappointed in her time, I can tell you that everyone there supporting her is proud of the finish. She trained hard and her hard work paid off with a PR!
Overall the Marine Corps Marathon is a great race. The Marines do a great job of organizing the entire thing and a great job of cheering people on along the course. I’m anxious and excited all at the same time to think I’ll be out there doing it again next year.
Happy marathoning y’all!