The countdown has begun (11 days) and the lists are aplenty. I think about this marathon pretty much all of the time. It consumes my every thought from what I am eating and drinking on a daily basis to envisioning crossing the finish line and everything in between. I recently joined a FB group called Marine Corps Marathon & 10k Club. It has been very informative but also a time suck. As with all social media, once you start reading a thread of comments it is difficult to stop even when they are completely ridiculous.
The latest post and thread of comments related to one woman’s fear of ISIS and Ebola. She is the wife of a participant and suggested to her husband they not go to Washington D.C. because of her concerns with terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola. Her husband was extremely distraught over his wife’s concerns because he has just spent the last 6 months training and wants to run this marathon. The thread of comments ran the gamut from those who were totally understanding of the situation to those who were outraged she would even suggest he not run. My thought on the subject was echoed by many which is that you cannot live your life ruled by fear. If you choose not to do something because you are afraid then the terrorists have won. With that said, I am sure I will be a nervous traveling to D.C. but hopefully that emotion will be replaced by excitement upon arrival into the city.
I am so excited for the weekend of Oct 24-26 not only because I am running a marathon, but because my kids, my husband (he is running too but will finish an hour or more before me) and my sister will be there to cheer me on and share in this amazing experience. My fellow blogger, Patty, wrote in her post Marathon Training Diaries: Epilogue, “I’ve done my best to describe what it’s been like to train and run a marathon, but the only way you can really know what I am talking about is to experience it for yourself.” To that point, I can’t wait to share my experience with you from someone who never thought she would run farther than 13.1 miles.
If anyone has ever run this marathon and wants to share a few tips with me or has suggestions of great restaurants in D.C., I would love to hear from you.