I’ve signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon 10K twice before. But this is the first time I’ve actually run it. In 2009, I had this weird foot situation and wasn’t sure if running would exacerbate it (I found out later it wouldn’t, but I also had to have several shots over a two-month period to make the problem go away). Last year, we totally weren’t prepared and I think Toby may have been playing all-Marine rugby that weekend anyway.
This year, my brother won. Well, he ran the fastest time. But he didn’t break the tape, because he was in line for the port-a-potty when the race started (they had been in line for at least 30 minutes at that point) and he didn’t start the race until about 15 minutes after the gun went off.
We’re hoping he ends up getting some kind of prize, though there’s a weird message on the race site about how they’re going to go with the gun time for the official results. I guess that means they’re going to disregard the chip time? Seems counterintuitive, but we’ll see.
Amazingly, I was able to run the whole way (with the exception of a few seconds of walking at the two water stops, just so I didn’t choke). Kelly ran with me, and we ran into my friend Kristina on the Metro on our way there, so she ran part of the way with us.
Overall, not a bad day. We were worried about the weather, but it ended up being perfect for running. And, of course, the Dawgs beat the Gators on Saturday. So the sparkly shoe charms my mom bought me at the MCM expo were perfect.