I’ve decided! After contemplating several fall marathons and whether or not I would actually be able to/should run a marathon this year – I decided a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to register for….
THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Better known as “The People’s Marathon” it is the biggest marathon in the U.S. not offering prize money to the top runners.
Outside Magazine readers voted MCM “The Best U.S. Marathon” beating out Boston, Chicago, and New York City. The Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship, and patriotism of its participants. (source)
I have only heard good things about this marathon from people I know, other blogs I follow, and even complete strangers who’ve said how great it is.
From a previous MCM runner, “The Marines are awesome, the spectators amazing, the amount of work that obviously went into this is mind boggling. I was told this was one of the greatest things ever experienced and I absolutely agree. We all cried at different times for so many reasons. The emotion of the day was totally unexpected. The thought behind this race is what it’s all about. God bless our troops!” (source)
Coming from a family who has had many generations serving in the armed forces, I felt this would be more personal of a race for me to participate in. My grandpa, uncle, several cousins, and now my “new” family on Brandon’s side can add to that list with his grandpa and cousin (that I know of) serving our country.
I’ve heard of Marine’s running in their uniforms and the crowd support is phenomenal throughout the entire 26.2 miles.
The course starts in VA and takes us through all of the historic landmarks in the D.C. area.
Up to this point in my life, I’ve never been to D.C. and I’m pretty stoked to see all the of landmarks by running the city.
Apparently everyone else is excited to run MCM because on Wednesday, March 7 we runners came together and set a new marathon sell-out record!
I saw this pop up on my newsfeed just 90 minutes after I registered:
then 70 minutes later…
Beating the previous record holder, Boston 2011 Marathon which sold out in 8 hours, the 2012 MCM sold out in 2 HOURS and 41 MINTUES!
15,948 runners secured their spot in the race in just the first hour. (source)
I was one of them!
Last year MCM sold out in 28 hours..quite a difference!
Here is what MCM Headquarters looked like during the record breaking sell-out.
I’m very excited for the race and very excited to have family and friends running the race, too.
It’ll be interesting to see how this training period will differ from my last marathon. I won’t be traveling so many weekends, for one, which will help me out tremendously. I’ve already begun thinking about other areas I need to improve on and am looking forward to making this training plan!
After the NYC Half next weekend (!!!!) I will really be able to focus on what my goals/training should look like for October.