I want to quickly thank everyone for their donations and support throughout this process. With your help, we were able to start a scholarship in our father’s name for the 2013-2014 school year. I’ll post more details later, but I wanted to let everyone know that we succeeded not just in finishing the race, but in raising enough money for the scholarship. Happy Holidays!
Let the two-week countdown begin! We’re celebrating because mom is in a smaller cast, which means her chances of running have increased 🙂 I’m pretty sure you’ll see her and her Marine Corps red cast out there.
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With only twenty-nine days left to train for the MCM and MCM 10K, we face our first major setback. Last Saturday Mom broke her wrist in two places while ATVing at the flying circus, a place we normally love and enjoy without any pain.
Other than the ENORMOUS pink cast on her arm and some scratches to the face, mom is A-OK. She’ll be in a smaller cast in two weeks, but we don’t know how well she will be able to run come race day (though she will try). For now, her training is limited to walking and weight-lifting – other training tips are much appreciated 🙂
To make a donation to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation through our running team, click here.
Big news for the Marine Corps Marathon this week. First, Boeing announced that it’s joining the MCM to celebrate the centennial of Marine aviation. In honor of this celebration, the MCM start ceremony will feature a Boeing V-22 Osprey flyover at the conclusion of the national anthem. The ceremony beings at 7:45 a.m. on October 28.
Not long after Boeing made its sponsorship announcement, the MCM 10K sold out at a total of 10,000 registrants. The race sold out 3 weeks earlier than last year’s race and maybe it’s because MCM coordinators are promising 10K runners a “more impressive landscape in the most scenic area of the nation’s capital.” The race starts at 12th Street and Madison Drive, outside the National Museum of American History. New race course details are outlined below.
After charging through the MCM10K starting line, participants will run along Madison Drive passing the Museum of Natural History as they make a right turn onto 7th Street at the National Gallery of Art. Runners will then enjoy a striking view of the U.S. Capitol before turning onto Jefferson Drive as it meets the Air and Space Museum. Runners will then pass the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, the historic carousel, the grand Smithsonian Castle and Freer Gallery of Art. Turning left onto 14th Street, runners will travel by the Holocaust Museum and run over the scenic Potomac via the 14th Street Bridge. From there MCM10K runners will traverse Crystal City waving to the best crowd on the course, and then the North side of the Pentagon for another view of the Potomac. For the final 1.2 miles, MCM10K participants will run along Route 110, finishing alongside 37th MCM runners at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
I just scooped myself the new Nike Free Run sneakers in preparation for the MCM weekend. I can’t believe the 10K and marathon are NEXT month. I hope everyone is training hard (even though there seems to be a lack of training posts on the blog). Let’s kick our butts into gear.
After setting an Olympic record in the women’s marathon this morning in 2:23:07, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia shared her mindset with a reporter stating, “I said, ‘Oh wow, I’m not going to finish.’ “I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden I made it.”
It may sound weird, but I’m comforted by the fact that even the best struggle mentally and physically. At one point during the marathon, 24-year-old Tiki reached for her water bottle and collided with another runner. She fell to the ground, scraping her right elbow. But she kept going and she won. If only I had that stride…
I’d like to point out that our U.S. runners weren’t too far behind Tiki. Flanagan finished 10th in 2:25:51. Goucher finished 11th in 2:26:07. Mary Keitany of Kenya, who won the London Marathon in April, finished fourth in 2:23:56.
Other notable facts: 23 runners reached the halfway point at or near 1:13:13, and 11 women DNF.
Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke warms up before kicking ass in the 100 meter hurdle race. Though her dancing is impressive, I highly recommend watching the actual race too. To skip ahead to the start of the run fast-forward to the 3:00 min mark.
Yesterday, a bunch of thrill-seeking runners participated in the first ever Run For Your Lives 5K. According the race’s website, Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle course. But you’re not just running against the clock — you’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading zombies.
When I first read about this 5K, I was intrigued but I was also wondering how the hell it worked. After researching the race a bit, I discovered the rules were actually quite simple. Before the race, each runner is given a flag belt. Just like in a game of flag football, these flags represent a runner’s health. Throughout the obstacle course there are zombies who want to take the runner’s flags, and if a runner loses all his/her health flags, he/she dies. And the zombies win.
As if being chased by zombies and having to complete an obstacle course weren’t enough, there is yet another trick to this race. The additional trick is that there are multiple routes a runner can choose from, and if you choose all the wrong routes you end up running a 10K rather than the 5K you anticipated.
In my dreams, I run alongside 29-year-old Ryan Hall. But this New York City subway installation demonstrated just how hard it would be to keep up with Ryan’s 4:46/mile pace (yeah, he runs that fast for 26.2 miles).