I know I need to write my race report from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler (they really need a shorter name) but my heart hasn’t been in it. All of my thoughts right now are on tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I will run my second Marine Corp 17.75K, as part of my long build-up to the marathon. In fall of 2012, my husband told me that he received an email from his school that the school had charity spots for the Marine Corp Marathon. After I almost died laughing, I decided that I would run the 10K with them that year but, in 2013, the marathon would be mine! At packet pickup for the 10K, we were given a little brochure that listed all of the Marine Corp races for the coming year and I saw that completing the 17.75K race guaranteed entry into the marathon. I knew that the marathon would sell out quickly so I wanted the guarantee of the “golden ticket”. So, even though I wasn’t quite ready, I lined up on that cold March morning and did my best – and received my reward!
This year, after it was announced that the marathon would be a lottery, I knew I HAD to get the “golden ticket”, no matter what. I also knew that the competition would be fierce for this race. Last year, it sold out in a few hours but this year it sold out in 7 minutes!! My registration was accepted at minute 6.
Tomorrow I will be lining up again, ready to spend the morning with the Marines. They have changed the date and the course so it’s a bit more “friendly” but I’m still expecting a good butt kicking.
I can’t wait to run this race and get my entry code! I can’t wait to get back to sweaty long runs and ice baths! I can’t wait take on the marathon again – because I have big plans for this year’s race!
Bring it, baby! Oorah!