Hooray! It’s Monday the 29th of October, a day I’ve been excitedly awaiting for months now. Why is that, you ask? Because yesterday, October 28th, my dad and I ran our second Marine Corps Marathon! And as awesome as it was to train for and complete, I’m glad it’s over. Because now I don’t feel bad about taking this entire next week off of running :).
Yesterday was amazing. Training for this sort of thing teaches you a lot about discipline- doing something you don’t necessarily want to because you know it needs to get done. There were so many times throughout the weeks over our 4 months of training when I was sorely tempted to skip my daily run. “It’s only four today, it won’t make a huge difference,” or “instead of going eight like I planned, I’ll just cut it down to five.” Sometimes I’d give in and slack off, but every time that happened it make my weekly long runs that much harder. Training for something huge like a marathon teaches you so much more than just how to run for a really, really, REALLY long time; it teaches you that short-term struggles are worth it when you reach your goal, to complete what you start, and to be more reliable in your decision-making throughout other areas of your life.
The first time we ran the MCM together, all I cared about was getting through it. I just wanted to be done with it so I could stop having those awful nightmares about showing up late, forgetting my running shoes and accidentally taking the wrong course. But yesterday, as I looked around me and saw the thousands of other people who’d trained just as long and hard as we had, I felt an immense sense of pride for all of them. For all of us. We began with the end in mind, and we put our minds toward a feat that many people gawk at. I was proud of each and every one of those runners. And I was especially proud to be there running next to and crossing the finish line with my dad.
For today’s Monday Mash-Up, I thought I’d share the BEST signs I saw from spectators throughout the course:
And here are a couple of Instagrams and photos from the point & shoot that Matt took along the way!
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope Sandy avoids creating any real chaos for you all!