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Saturday, November 3, 2012

District of Columbia: Marine Corps Marathon 2012, "The People's Marathon"

Well this is the first marathon that I ran during a hurricane.  Hurricane Sandy wasn't so bad during the marathon, but she really hit us hard the day after the marathon.  My flight was supposed to leave Sunday night after the marathon, but was canceled and reschedule for Thursday.  I asked around and my friend Melissa and her boyfriend, Peter, from Connecticut had their flights canceled too.  I joined them for the beginning of a long adventure home on the road from DC to NY.  We spent the night in NY because the wind and rain was getting crazy and highways were shutting down.  In the morning we drove to CT and the Amtrak and bus service to Boston was canceled.  So I drove from Hartford to Boston then took a bus to my car and drove home!! Hoorah!! I am so glad we made it home safely and I hope everyone affected by this storm is able to recover soon.

The marathon was a bit hilly to start out, but awesome to run past several monuments.  The spectators were great with lots of funny signs and the field of runners was huge.  I really love big city marathons, love all of the spectators, and the feeling of being surrounded by others wanting to tackle 26.2 miles for many different reasons.

I decided to run this marathon to bring the race bling medal back to my Uncle Dave who is a retired Marine.  He served in Vietnam.  My family and I are planning a party for him, we will give him the medal and he will get his restored '57 Chevy with the Marine emblem painted on the back window.  It's all going to be a surprise! :)

The first few miles of the marathon were really hilly, but it was fun to have the Marines yelling times at us during the marathon.  The wind picked up a lot during the marathon due to the storm, but I survived!  The hardest part was getting to the marathon and eventually getting home.

OOOORRRAAAHHHHH!!!
Jody and I
I was able to meet up with a bunch of friends during the marathon and very fortunate that Jody and her husband Mark hosted me at their house in VA for the weekend! 

Louie from LA and I
Sarah, my Crow Athletics teammate and friend from Maine

Jasmin from the LA area and I at the finish.  We ran the last half together which was great! It's always nice to have someone fun to talk to during a marathon, it makes the miles go by so much faster!

Happy Birthday Dave!! 

Marathon Mitch and I







For Uncle Dave!