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Our journey began with an early wake up call and off to the airport for our flight to Baltimore. From there we hooked up with a couple of other people and shared a cab into D.C. where we then took the metro to the expo. Whew!!<br><br>
Wow, the place was packed! However everything went smooth and after spending quite a few bucks, we headed for our hotel.<br><br>
We couldn't be in D.C. and not explore, so off we went to Capitol Hill. We did way more walking than we should have and were exhausted when we returned to the hotel.<br><br>
Marathon day started early. We took the metro to the Pentagon where the runners village is. So many people and the excitement in the air was contagious. They had Krispy Kreme donuts which I did indulge in. Yum! No problem with the porta potty lines. There were zillions of them.<br><br>
We made our way to the start thankful that we had our long sleeve shirts. It was 49 degrees and windy. We couldn't wait to go. I had my picture taken with a guy in a devil costume whose race number was 666. Turns out he's actully a Lieutenant Colonel in the marines and was featured in the official program.<br><br>
Finally, the gun! I ditched the shirt around mile 3. I wore an orange singlet with my local running club name on it and heard quite a few cheers for me along the way. Getting through the initial crowd I felt good and kept a good pace. Never having been to D.C. before, this race, for me, was a marathon to experience, not to PR. It was so cool to pass the monuments and I did stop to take some pics.<br><br>
I did great until mile 24 when I hit the wall big time. I hadn't<br>
crashed like that since 3 marathons ago and have to think all the walking we had done the day before had something to do with it. The last 1/4 mile had a hill, which I knew was coming but was still tough.<br><br>
As I neared the Iwo Jima statue I was thrilled to have been part of such a great marathon. The finish was a bit slow ( no where as bad as I had heard ) but I got my goodies, had the best banana of my life and stood off to the side to wait for my husband. He came through, we enjoyed more post race stuff and went back to shower.<br><br>
My goal was to finish under 4 hours, his was just to finish. My time: 3:54:45, his 4:17. Goals accomplished. A great experience, best of all shared with my sweetie!
 

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Awesome job Gin! It would be hard to be in DC and not explore! Sounds like a great marathon running by the monuments and finishing by Iwo Jima. Way to pull through at the end and finish in under you goal time!
 

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Gin, congratulations on beating your goal, in spite of the previous day's XT. The MCM sounds like a real "destination" marathon.<br><br>
Congratulations to your DH too. His first marathon?
 

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Way to go Gin. Sightseeing and picture-taking during the race and still finishing under 4 hrs is impressive. Sounds like you had a great time taking in the sights and enjoying the experience. Congrats to you and your "sweetie" on a job well done.
 

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Well, done, gin!!! You certainly did smash your goal. You had in mind a different sort of experience, and it sounds like it lived up to expectations. Not every race is going to be a PR, so why not enjoy the ride.<br><br>
I'm happy for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Great job. Congratulations to your sweetie too.
 

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This was his third but he hasn't done one since 2004. He suffered a stage 2 bout of Lyme disease this summer and to be able to come back from that, as sick as he was, and finish....well let's just say I'm real proud of him.
 

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Congrats to you and your 'Sweetie'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great report and congratulations to both of you!!
 

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Gin, sounds like a great marathon - both in terms of your race performance and just running in such a city. Congratulations to both you and your hubby for meeting all your goals.
 

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That's fantastic Gin! Congratulations on both hitting your goal and enjoying the sites! It sounds like you and DH had a relly great time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
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WTG! Wow, you sure make it sound easy, even with the tough 24 (that mile made me drool...LOL) Awesome accomplishment!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">
 

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Congratulations to you and your husband. I enjoyed reading your report.<br>
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Great job to you and your husband! I think the Krispy Kreme doughnut by itself would have killed me, much less the running after. Glad you enjoyed your MCM.
 

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Good job Gin and to your DH too! It's hard not to want to wander around and do more then you intended.<br>
DC is a must see, if anyone hasn't been do take some time to visit. I hope you got to do a little more site seeing afterwards. Would love to see a pic of the marine dude in his devil costume.
 
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