August 15, 2013

Journey to 26.2: Marine Corps Marathon Tips (008)

I've spent most of my marathon training focusing on the nuances of the distance itself and the training plan.  With the Marine Corps Marathon posting a great video with some tips specific to this event, I started thinking...maybe I need to start prepping for this marathon.  So after watching the "Beat the Arch" video, reading lots of Facebook posts and some tweets.

Here's what I've learned for specifics about the Marine Corps Marathon:

  • Food served on the course: oranges, Clif shots, Jelly Belly sport beans and Dunkin Donuts munchkins
  • Electrolyte beverage served on the course will be Gatorade Endurance lemon lime flavor
  • Bag check: Use the clear plastic bag provided and UPS will handle the rest.
  • Watch your footing at the aid station with oranges as it's slippery!
  • Medical Tents will be approx every 3-4 miles along the course and there are 10 in total.
  • There will be 800 porta-potties!
  • You must pass mile 17 by 12:25 PM
  • You must pass mile 20, aka Beat the Bridge, by 1:05 PM.
  • The finish line has a hard shut down at 3pm, 7 hours after the start.  
  • The best way to the starting line is to head to the Runner's Village in the Pentagon North parking lot via metro or shuttle bus (from Crystal City).
  • Like many major events, Clif will be providing pacers for 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:34, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:20, 4:45, 5:00 and 5:30
  • Need some training motivation?  Print the course map and tack it someplace you'll see...I have one on my fridge!
  • And don't fret, if your email address has changed since you registered, just send an email to marine.marathon@usmc.mil. 
More details will be forthcoming in the pre-event newsletters.  

Have you run Marine Corps before?  Any tips to share?

{Christine}

15 comments:

  1. Marine Corps sounds like such an awesome race. My uncle has run it the past five years. I was thinking about doing the 10K that weekend next year. We'll see if I am up for another 26.2 after WDW.
    MCM is getting close! :)

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    1. Haha I've told myself I'm taking a break after Dopey to see if I still feel like running. I've heard nothing but WONDERFUL things about MCM and I'm very excited!

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  2. i tried posting from my phone but that didnt work and i know i tweeted at you but figured i would post em all here. the 10K is great! I ran the 10k and then paced my friend who was running the full for the last 10 miles. the last hill you hear so much about, it is only 0.2 but it is steep and kills when youre already beat from the rest of the course. the bridges are bridges (so i guess some hill training). I would take the metro since they shut down A LOT of roads for the race. a fair amount of dc and the arlington area. for the metro, the dc rider app will help, it provides a metro map, next train schedule and updates like delays and track work although when the city has major events they normally try to make things as smooth as possible and open at 5am to help with getting people to the start line. the social media team for the marathon is AMAZING! so prompt with responding! and the marines along the course are ridiculously inspiring. you get a wonderful tour of the city. it is truly worth every last step you take training. i hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Becca - THANK YOU! I will be adding these to the post shortly. I really appreciate your insight and advice and definitely hope to see you there!!

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  3. You inspire, You inspire, You inspire.....proud of you Christine!

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    1. Aw thanks Melissa! It's taken me a long time to bite off the marathon distance but I am so ready!

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  4. Dunkin Donuts munchkins! I'd never get past that table! We don't have Dunkin' Donuts in California, so whenever I'm anyplace with the chain, I overindulge. It sounds like you're going to have a great experience!

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    1. I LOVE munchkins! Being in the south, I'm all around Krispy Kreme, but I'm a DD girl. This table will definitely be enticing for me!

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  5. The MCM was our 1st marathon - great course & support!

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    1. Oooh good to know...that must mean it's a lucky first marathon since the speedy twins started here! :)

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    1. I've heard nothing but great things and cannot wait!

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  7. So glad you posted this! I have to admit I have barely looked into the details of this race! I really need to go watch the video and start researching more specifics so I'm ready!

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  8. I've heard really good think about this marathon. I'm so excited for you!

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  9. Sounds like an amazing race! My friend ran it a few years ago and said it was awesome!

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