Marine Corps Marathon 10K and Giveaway!

So I ran on Sunday morn. In my mind, I did pretty well. I will go through the list of why I think I did well:

1) I finished

2) I didn’t stab ANYONE

3) I averaged 10:48 a mile, pretty good for me especially with the amount of people crowded in there gettin their run on.

4) finished 6.3 miles in 1 hr and 8 minutes!

Unofficial results, viewed above.

My buddy Adam did pretty well too! He finished a full 1000 people before me with a time of 1:01 and waited for me at the finish to get our medals! The whole experience was pretty awesome!

me, waiting for my husband to wake up before the expo!

It was my first big race expo! I waited until Saturday morning when the husband could go with me to pick up the race packets (mine and my buddy’s, who was running with me) and go to the expo to see all of the neat stuff!
Outside of the expo, my husband and I got on line and began to wait to get in.

When we were almost up to the door, my husband realized he had a pocket knife and was unwilling to part with it (my dad gave it to him), so he went and walked around a little and then hung out near the car while I went into the DC Armory to mill about the expo.

The expo was great! There were so many awesome vendors there.

RunDisney was there and I got information about staying at the resorts and going through the parks at a discounted rate for runners — I am running the Disney Princess Half in February. They had all of the medals there for the upcoming races! It was very exciting and informational and the woman there was excellent with answering questions and very knowledgeable.

Brooks was there with MCM and MCM 10K gear. Pacers made a showing (I got gu and gu blocks). Clif bar was there (not all of their stuff has nuts!!!), there were some safety at night people. I bought a couple of pink running lights since I run so early and got a rolling bar for my dad and me for our knotted muscles. It was a great expo!Β  After the expo my husband and I saw my folks and did a couple of errands.

A group of my friends had a party the night before and we left early so that we could come home and get enough sleep for the race. We got up bright and early at 5:14am and got prepped and ready for our 7:55am start on the National Mall. They opened the metro up early at 5am for the MCM and there were many a-runner on the train with us. Some, who were running the full marathon, got off at the Pentagon. We were running the 10K and went on to L’Enfant Plza. We had a nice walk from Maryland and 7th to the start line. We arrived a ridiculous amount of time early and so we walked around to stay warm until the start. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE! and no one lined up according to finish time, so I was running past people maintaining slower times for at least 2 miles. It took 5 minutes to get across the start line because there were so many people but we got to listen to gangnam style while we were waiting where I showed the wonderful women behind me how to do part of the dance. Then I tried to Tebow while gangnam stlying (fail). After that, we were off.

Adam started with me but quickly outpaced me! So I was left to my own devices. As I was running, I passed a lot of marines that were on the sidelines helping out. I also passed a lot of participants that had shirts with dedications on the back to lost loved ones — fallen soldiers. It was emotional, to say the least.

Miles 1-3 were relatively easy to get through. 4 and 5 got a little tougher, but 6 was terrible for me! at mile 5.5, I got the worst stitch I have ever gotten in my side. I started running a little hunched over (bad), then my back started aching so it was a constant alternation between standing up straight so my back wouldnt hurt and leaning over so my stitch would stop with the shooting pains. As I approached the finish, spectators picked up and I saw my mother and husband at the bottom of the short steep hill that led to the finish line (YES! a hill right at the finish line!).

And here is Adam, he finished before me.

This is Adam and I at the finish. He waited for me at the very end and we walked to get our medals from marines together.

And here is the view of the marine corps memorial (iwo jima memorial) from the finish

I was really proud to have finished my second post and to have made a new PR AND gotten some bad ass bling!

Hurricane Sandy rolled in that evening and my husband, pug and I snuggled up under blankets on the couch to hang out and catch up on missed tv

Now for the reason you all are really here!

As you all read when I made a Big Announcement a week or two back, I am a blogger repping the Falls Church store of Road Runner Sports! And I have a giveaway going on for a $25 gift card to Road Runner Sports! I am pretty sure, you have a Road Runner Sports near you! They have stores all across the country and a great online ordering system! They have a wide variety of apparel and equipment! So I guess now all that I need to know is who wants a $25 gift card that you can use at any of the stores or online?

HOW TO ENTER: (you can do any or all of these)

Leave me a comment saying what your favorite way to exercise is and some way to contact you.

For Bonus entries:

Follow me on twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did and your twitter handle.

Tweet about this Giveaway and leave me a comment telling me you did, with the link to the tweet!


And that’s it. The giveaway will close on Monday November 5th at 10am and I will pick a winner randomly through!

Any entries AFTER the cutoff time will be ignored (this is assuming that I fail to cut off comments)

annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd GO! (lord I hope this works — it’s my first giveaway!)


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:38:23

    Hey Becca nice job on your second race.! I love running and weight training! Land follow you on twitter πŸ˜‰


  2. Jenelle
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:53:28

    MY fav way to exercise is RUNNING! I prefer training and racing long distances πŸ™‚
    -Jenelle @Mile Twenty Eight


  3. Jenelle
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:54:22

    I already follow you on Twitter!


  4. Jenelle
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:55:40


  5. Julie
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:20:43

    My favorite way to exercise is definitely Running!! πŸ™‚


  6. Marcia
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:49:24

    Congrats on your 10k finish! I was ogling those medals as I ran the marathon. You did great! My fave workout is running of course!


  7. Amanda Naro (@amandanaro)
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:57:16

    Great job on the MCM 10k! I really want to sign up for a 10K but haven’t because I’m still nervous about anything over 5K – even though I have runs over 6 miles every week. Someday I will! So obviously I love running πŸ™‚


  8. Amanda Naro (@amandanaro)
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:57:53

    I now follow you on twitter (@amandanaro)


  9. Jen
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:07:04

    Congrats on the race!!

    My favorite way to exercise is to run! (hellofitnessjen at gmail dot com)


  10. Jen
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:07:34

    I follow you on Twitter (@hellofitnessjen)


  11. Jen
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:08:41

    I tweeted about your giveaway πŸ™‚


  12. Melissa Elizabeth Kirkham
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:32:00

    What a great race! I would love to do MCM one day!!


  13. Melissa Elizabeth Kirkham
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:32:40

    Oops… forgot to include that my favorite exercise these days is a toss up between running and lifting πŸ˜‰


  14. melissyk (@melissyk)
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:34:20


  15. melissyk (@melissyk)
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:35:29

    Happily following you on the twitterverse (@melissyk)


  16. ~jenniferlynn
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:50:32

    I love the lifting!! πŸ™‚ Twitter is @winetoweights


  17. ~jenniferlynn
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:50:47

    And I already follow you on Twitter! @winetoweights


  18. Darlena
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 14:39:21

    My favorite way to get my sweat on…running. You can find me on twitter @runfyhp


  19. Janice
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 21:20:33

    m8usi at yahoo dot com


  20. Janice
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 21:20:47


    m8usi at yahoo dot com


  21. Shannon Lowe Hamilton
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 18:56:57

    Congrats at your 10k. I was there too! My favorite form of exercise is Running and Kettlebells! πŸ™‚
    Shanmommy at hotmail dot com


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