March 26, 2015

I'm running with the Marines!!

You probably think Pam is writing this post, right? Because I swore off marathons for 2015. Heck, I considered swearing them off FOREVER after Richmond Marathon. That race sucked. It sucked hard. And I wasn't sure I ever wanted to tempt that devil again. But I did. After chatting with my MCM running buddy, Danielle, I entered the lottery on Sunday.  I didn't really tell anyone. I figured I wouldn't get in and that would be that. But yesterday morning when I woke up and did my typical social media scrolling while brushing my teeth, I saw someone mention they had gotten their lottery notification on Twitter. And I quickly clicked over to my email. It started with "Congratulations..."

"I'm in." I literally said it out loud to myself. And then I grinned. I was going to run another marathon, one that means a lot to me and holds a special place in my heart. I texted Mom. And then Danielle. And I waited. A few hours later, my heart sank. Danielle didn't get in. I had already made plans for us to run together in my mind. I'm hopeful that there might be a charity bib or a transfer bib in her future (hint hint).

I can't wait to share more about my journey back to "Take the Iwo" this October. It's sure to be a busy summer with ramping up for marathon training!
{Christine}

31 comments:

  1. Oh wow, Christine, congratulations! It's such a big feat, but I think you handle this stuff with such grace and a smart head, you are going to once again dominate that race! Looking forward to following along!

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    1. Maggie, You are the sweetest! Thanks for your kind words, my friend. :)

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! I know you had such a great MCM experience, and I hope you have another great experience this year. If my schedule works, I'm very seriously considering either volunteering at MCM again this year, or running the 10k.

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    1. I'm hoping it will be another great race. If nothing else, I know what to expect on the course.

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  3. Congratulations Christine!!! So exciting!

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  4. Yayyy so exciting, congrats!! I'd love to do this race someday -- I'll be spectating for sure this year!

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    1. Thanks Becca! It's an awesome race (or at least I loved my experience there). Hope to see you on the course :)

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  5. Congrats to you. I really enjoyed reading your MCM recap last time. Your sheer joy came through on your post. I home this is another positive experience for you.

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    1. Aw thank you. It really was an incredible day so I'm really excited to go back.

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  6. as you know, i'm also running (as long as i cross the 17.75k finish line this saturday). we ABSOLUTELY have to meet up when you are in town for this race!!! it's so beyond time for us to meet in person, lady! :)

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS! Super excited for you! I remember reading your previous MCM recap, and you can definitely tell how much this race means to you. Those are the best kinds of races. :)

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    1. I loved my MCM experience and cannot wait to get back!

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  8. Yayyyyyy!!! congratulations and I will see you again there ! :)

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    1. Yea!! I was hoping the trifecta would be there :)

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    1. Thanks :) Redemption race, here I come!

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  10. Congrats on getting in! It's exciting news and hopefully you'll have a better experience to replace Richmond with :)

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    1. Thanks girl! Yes, I definitely want another marathon memory to replace Richmond.

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  11. congrats on getting in! this is definitely on my bucket marathon list!

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  12. Congratulations! I'd love to do MCM, and Chicago too, but the timing is so close to the beginning of the school year, it's hard for me to swing time off then. Someday. Until then, I'll live vicariously through people like you!

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    1. Thanks girl! I am lucky that my job is flexible in terms of when I can take time off. Small blessings.

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  13. Not surprised the marathon bug didn't let go of you, glad you're back! DH may run MCM again, I'm looking at Baystate again. But if I go out to cheer like I did last year, will coordinate on place, outfit, etc. so I can be sure to support you! And maybe we'll get a chance to see each other. Last year I went to Bart's MCM shakeout run (bonus of Mike Wardian) and might be convinced to do so again, recovery willing (since it's the Saturday after my race).

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    1. Aww thanks. You are so sweet. I would love a cheering squad. I'm looking into charities now as I'd like to have a different MCM experience and I'm definitely partial to veteran-focused charities which are a big thing at MCM.

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  14. Woohoo, love MCM. Hope your buddy gets in.

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  15. Ahhh! Congratulations on getting in! Your prior race recap made me want to run this race before I ever even considered running a marathon. I'm excited to run this race this year also!

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  16. Congrats, Christine! I know you're going to do great - you need a make-up race!! :D

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  17. Yey!!! Congrats! And there are ALWAYS bibs up for grabs as it get's closer...make sure she trains anyway!!

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  18. Awesome news! And I think that that is a perfect marathon for a "do-over"! Best of luck on your training and I hope your friend gets in too! :) For me...I still can't quite take the full marathon plunge! Maybe in 2017!

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