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2015 Marine Corps 17.75k

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
So this happened...

but rather than get into details about how I'm not entirely vested in my decision to run the 40th Marine Corps Marathon, let's talk about another event: 

The 2015 Marine Corps 17.75k

Yes, I got in and I ran it again. 

This year I made it to the scheduled packet pick-up which eliminated the panic that occurred last year when I thought I missed the pick-up window.

It also gave us a a chance to talk to the operations manager and find out that they modified the course adding an out an back that was to make for a harder course. 

In typical fashion, Cindy and I pulled together our running gear the evening before and I discovered a new affinity for orange. 

On Saturday morning I woke up at o-dark-thirty, ate the first of what would be three breakfasts, got ready and rolled out the door into the cold. It was 42 degrees, which is relatively comfortable for me. Then I drove 25 minutes to Cindy's where it was about six degrees colder and a breeze started to pick up. 

What the hell?!?! If I'd have know that was going to happen, I'd have grabbed the winter tights. UGH!

Dumfries, VA provided no relief from the cold. In fact, it was colder and windier. We ended up huddled next to a generator with a group of other runners attempting to get warm. I am sure you can imagine our surprise when the Montclair Tabernacle Church took pity on us and allowed us to seek shelter inside their facility. 

Just before race start, we made our way back into the cold and shot a quick picture before the race start

and then huddled into the crowd to try and listen to the announcements that I couldn't hear over the chattering of our teeth. 

Soon after, we were off on our 11.03 mile tour of Price William's Forest. 

The early miles of the race were congested and I was thankful for my decision to wear my trail shoes since I ended up running alongside the trail in order to get past some of the masses. I also had to giggle at the crowd of runners that parted like the red sea in an effort to avoid some mud in the middle of the trail. 

Over the course of the race, there were three aid stations. Given the weather conditions, I was beyond grateful for their presence and support - especially the junior volunteers. They were real rock stars for being out there for us.

I can not say that I found the overall course to be any more or less difficult than last year. Don't get me wrong, it is a challenging course; one that should not be taken for granted. Having run this race last year, I knew what to expect and how to prepare. Although I only ran it as a training run, I still finished with a six minute course PR. 

As for Cindy, this was her first year running this event. She loved it- freezing cold excluded. We're both hoping to get in again next year and see what we can really do.

Oh...added bonus! They gave a finishers medal this year instead of the poker chip. I really wasn't a fan of the chip but the medal is pretty cool. 

Until next time - happy running.

Love, Theresa

6 comments on "2015 Marine Corps 17.75k"
  1. Congrats on the PR! Looks like it was a cold but satisfying race!

    1. Yes, very cold but still loved it and am so happy with my PR.

  2. Congrats! I really would like to run the 17.75 one year (even if I end up not running MCM). Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run

    1. Jennifer, it has become one of my favorite events. I'm hoping to do it again next year! Of course, I also hope for warmer weather. haha

  3. you are HARDCORE. I would be one of the runners trying to avoid the mud....or crying from the cold :)

    1. Nah...I'm not hard core..I'm just not afraid to get dirty.