Marine Corps Marathon

Posted: 27th October 2013 by in Journal

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Today I ran my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon!! When my alarm went off at 430am, I had an instant thought why do people do this to themselves: wake up super early, pay money to register for the race, train for months, and then put themselves through a not so glamorous 26.2 mile run.  It was worth it when I crossed the finish line (I cannot say it felt like it was worth it miles 15-26 but it all part of the accomplishment).  I have been determined to run a marathon for quite some time now. One of the times I attempted a marathon I got several stress fractures.  The next time I really listened to my body and made it through all the training only to have a sudden change in life when Taylor got hurt. He was flown to the US hospital on the day I was supposed to compete in the last marathon.  Today was the day!  I started out with a goal of under 4 hours and finished the race with a time of 3:45!  I can finally put a huge check mark in the “marathon” category on my bucket list!

Spaghetti dinner= carb load the night before the big race!

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My support crew from back home in Iowa.  They rock! I could hear them cheering from DC as I ran!

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Where everything started…

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Part of my support crew, sitting out in the cold to wait for the race to begin so they could cheer me on!

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In the early portion of the race when running was still fun 🙂

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He’s the best. When I went to bed early the night before the race, he went out to the store and bought me everything and anything I could have possibly wanted to eat or drink after the race.

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My trainer!

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I did it!!! Another thing checked off the bucket list!

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  1. Charlene and Russ Buck (Chestnut) says:

    Congratulations!!! Our son is a USMC test pilot in Patuxent, MD…..he also participated in the marathon…………Charlene and Russ

  2. Awesome Danielle!!! Congratulations for making your goal. 🙂

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