Cheering on the Marine Corps Marathoners

30 Oct

Saturday was a rare (and highly anticipated) night out on the town.  Mike and I stayed at the Marriot Wardman Park (pricelined for 80 bucks!!) while Grandma watched the rugrats.  After an easy workout at the Wardman Fitness Club and a great dinner at Lebanese Taverna (one of my favorite local eateries…go and try the hummus sampler), we turned in early to be ready to catch the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday Morning.   

Our home base, Marriot Wardman Park in Woodley

Here’s the view of our hotel as we ran to watch the marathoners.  Glad the weather improved from Saturday’s snow, ice, and 30 degrees temps. 
Things I forgot to pack for the run: headphones, sunglasses, earwarmers.  Things Mike forgot: long pants (he swears he’ll never do spandex.  You’re welcome).

Running Across the Connecticut Ave. Bridge

Our running plans were almost derailed as we ran by a half dozen brunch destinations in Woodley.  Nothing like the smell of Belgian waffles.  We don’t spend a lot of time in this area of D.C., but I love it.   Next time we run here, we’re eating at Open City…the line was around the block, so it’s got to be good, right? 

Woodley Park in D.C.

We made it through Dupont and down to the Washington Monument in time to catch the Marine Corps Marathon 3:25 pace group and cheer on teammates from the Pacers Distance Running Program.   So impressed with all the runners who looked strong out there…especially in light of the wild weather we’re having.    And equally impressed with the creativity in Halloween costuming.  Highlights include:  Mrs. Claus, Lt. Dangle from Reno 911, and some crazy young guy running in a full 3-piece business suit.   Sorry…couldn’t get pictures, too busy laughing. 

Marine Corps Marathon!

 Our run (about 5 miles) pales in comparison with the 26.2 that others ran, but I think we’re sufficiently inspired for MCM 37 in October 2012.  
Here’s a shot of me after last year’s MCM.   At the time, I swore it would be my first/last marathon.   Of course, that feeling didn’t last and I’m already anticipating running the 26.2 with Mike next year. 

MCM 35 Finish

Congrats to all my fellow Pacers Distance Running Teammates who cranked out some amazing times today!   If you’re interested in results, check out: 

2 Responses to “Cheering on the Marine Corps Marathoners”

  1. Bill Schweigart October 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    That sounds like a great day and night! And Congrats on running, even alongside the marathon. All I did this morning was play Uno with Sid and Kate.

    • katefsummers October 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      But I LOVE Uno! Sounds like a good morning to me!

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