Happy Thursday! I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday! Go check out her blog! I just wanted to write a quick post because I got some exciting news yesterday (that you already saw if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter). I am officially registered for the Marine Corps 17.75k race. Why is that so exciting? Well because once you finish the race (taking place on March 28th), you get a special “Access Granted” card that allows you to register for the 40th Marine Corps Marathon. Woohoo!
You might recall that I shared some goals both here and over on MCM Mama Runs’ blog as well. One of my goals was to run a new race distance. Well, the 17.75k definitely meets that goal! I’m also excited because although I’ve run four marathons, I’ve only run them in Virginia and Maryland (not sure what’s up with that!). Of course, I’ll change that this year when I run the Wineglass Marathon in New York, but I’m very excited to run my hometown marathon. This is a race that my parents can easily come to and cheer me on and my husband can really support me while I’m running. Plus I (hope) some of my DC friends will come cheer me on since this is an easy race to spectate! I am SO excited about this race. When I realized it was happening, I was just on a high all day. Even though I had done a tough [solidcore] workout that morning (recap coming soon), I had to run later that evening to burn off some of the excitement! The other exciting thing about this race is that I’m very familiar with the course. I’ve actually run the vast majority of the course in a number of different races and training runs. The last 10k in Crystal City is new to me but I think I’ll probably preview that portion before race day. This will be the first time I’ll have the chance to preview the course and that’s super exciting!
Have you run Marine Corps Marathon? Are you entering the lottery this year? Any tips for this race? [Tweet “ACCESS GRANTED! I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon this fall – who’s with me??”]