Sunday, October 25, 2009

Marine Corps Marathon 10k Race Report

This weekend Zach and I took the trip down to Washington DC to run the Marine corps Marathon 10k. The Marine Corps Marathon is on my list of full marathons I want to run one day(my father ran it 4 times), so when I heard they were having a 10k at the same time, I registered the both of us on a whim. I am so glad I did!

We left Saturday morning and drove 4+ hours down, arriving at the Expo mid afternoon. We got our race packets and did some shopping (tried not to buy too much)!

View of the expo:

Saturday night we had a nice dinner and a few beers and then headed back to the hotel to get a good nights sleep.

Our stuff all ready to go:

We got up at 5am on Sunday morning and got ready for the race. The start of the 10k was at the National Mall with view of the Washington Monument. The weather was perfect, sunny and a crisp 50 degrees.

And we're off!

The race went great. Zach and I ran a steady 11 min mile the whole way, speeding up during the last mile (10:40). The finish was amazing, there were marines lining the streets giving us high fives. It gave me the chills. I was thrilled that we finished in 1:09:33, almost 5 whole minutes faster than my previous 10k PR.
With my medal!

I can't wait to fun the full marathon on DC one day. It was a great experience, I was actually jealous of the people still running the full when we were driving away!


Ivan said...

Wasn't the 10K great? I loved running in the footsteps of the marathoners and finishing at Iwo Jima. Breaking my PR didn't hurt, either.

I'm planning on doing the marathon next year. Watching the runners and the course and the marines was just too inspiring.

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