The 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon is days away. On Sunday I will join thousands of runners on the streets of our Nation’s Capital.
Some will be elite athletes competing for a top place.
Some will be running their first marathon.
Some will be current or former service members.
Some will have disabilities or medical conditions.
Some will finish middle of the pack.
Some will barely finish.
Some may not finish.
All of us have one thing in common: We set out to run the people’s marathon.
That will look different to all of us. But I can guarantee that every single MCM runner has poured blood, sweat and tears into preparing for this marathon.
We have sacrificed to be ready for this race. We have dedicated our weekends to long runs and our days to proper nutrition. We have declined social invitations. We have shifted our priorities. We have lost sleep.
All for the sake of preparing our bodies to run 26.2 miles.
Why do we do it? It hurts. It’s physically, mentally and emotionally draining. It’s all consuming.
We do it to remind ourselves what the human body is capable of. We do it, not to prove to others that we can, but to prove to ourselves that we are stronger than we think. We do it to push ourselves. We do it because there is no better camaraderie among human beings than what you experience at a marathon.
We do it in remembrance of lost friends and loved one.
We do it for those who can’t.
We do it to raise money for a special cause.
We do it in celebration.
We do it as a culmination of a journey to health and wellness.
We do it because we can.
The marathon is special. There is truly nothing quite like it.
When I finished the Marine Corps 17.75K back in March and received the coveted Access Granted card I had lofty goals for MCM. This training cycle has been rough though. I wanted to defer my entry so many times. But I didn’t. Nick convinced me to stick with it.
With only days remaining until the race I’m glad I’m still in it. I’ve ditched my time goals. I want to do well– but that doesn’t need to be time dependent. I want to run strong. I want to remain positive. I want to remember why I started running in the first place. I want to finish with a smile on my face knowing that I gave it my all.
I am Mission Ready.