A Marine Corps Marathon State of Mind

Sunday, for the fifth time, I joined more than 31,000 other runners in one of the largest running spectacles in the country– the Marine Corps Marathon.

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Now that I have run multiple editions of this event, I treat it like a 26.2-mile tour and fun run. I don’t worry about time, and this approach helps minimize any distress about the moving throngs of people all around me. Continue reading “A Marine Corps Marathon State of Mind”

Marine Corps Marathon: Celebrating Runners for 26.2 Miles

For 26.2 miles this past Sunday, I was a spec in a mammoth event, one of more than 27,000 people who swarmed the Washington, D.C. area for the opportunity to be part of an annual two-footed tour of the city—the Marine Corps Marathon.

For 26.2 miles, people’s cheers and encouragement seeped into my heart, propelling me forward. Spectators use poster board and glitter paint to make clever signs with messages like “I’m Feeling 26.2,” “You’re Running Better than Government” (still a popular one),  “Go Random Stranger!” and “Joe Biden thinks your marathon is a BFD.” Continue reading “Marine Corps Marathon: Celebrating Runners for 26.2 Miles”

Marine Corps Marathon: From Frustration to Elation

Photo courtesy of Felkerino
At the Marine Corps Finish, courtesy of Felkerino

Over my years of living in D.C., I’ve developed a fondness for local events. There are a few reasons why.

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Running Away from Sandy: 2012 Marine Corps Marathon

Yesterday I lined up with more than 23,500 people to participate in my last big event for 2012: the Marine Corps Marathon.

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