My Favorite Hometown Race

Hey, hey, hey, it’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run! That also means I’m linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty🙂

This week we’re talking about that favorite hometown race. That’s actually an interesting thought for me because….

Where is my hometown?

Is it where I live now? Or is it where I grew up? I’ve moved 26 times in my life. I think that’s too many. No wonder I’m confused! haha #militarylife

Well, since I’ve only run one race in the town I currently live, I’m going to have to scratch that one off the list. I mean, it was fun but it’s not my favorite distance and I’ve only run it once. One run does not a favorite make!

So, we’ll go with the “where I grew up” hometown…..

Hey, hey, hey, it's Tuesday! That means it's time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run! That also means I'm linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. :) This week we're talking about that favorite hometown race. That's actually an interesting thought for me because.... Where is my hometown? Is it where I live now? Or is it where I grew up? I've moved 26 times in my life. I think that's too many. No wonder I'm confused! haha #militarylife

…but I’m not going to go with a race I ran when I was growing up – even though I actually did run road races as a teenager. My dad and I would run tons together! My favorite when I was a kid was the “Redskins Run.”

Yep, I grew up in Northern Virginia and I also grew up a Washington Redskins fan. #dontjudgeme #boydoimissthe80s #andeventheearly90s

Anyway, back then, there was a race – I think it was an 8k? might have been a 5k. eye dee k. (lol. see what I did there?) – that ran through a few DC neighborhoods and finished inside RFK stadium!

OH. MY. GOSH. I got to run on the field at RFK!!! And there were Washington Redskin players and cheerleaders there cheering us on!!

Hey, hey, hey, it's Tuesday! That means it's time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run! That also means I'm linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. :) This week we're talking about that favorite hometown race. That's actually an interesting thought for me because.... Where is my hometown? Is it where I live now? Or is it where I grew up? I've moved 26 times in my life. I think that's too many. No wonder I'm confused! haha #militarylife

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That was a pretty big deal for me! Of course, the Redskins moved out of there in 1996 and honestly, I don’t give a rat’s patootie about FedEx Field, where they play now. I don’t think anyone does. There’s no “feeling” in that stadium, no history. *sigh*

But, I’m not here to talk about football. Especially not the Redskins. You’re welcome. 🙂

Back to the races!

Once I rekindled my love for running – we were on a break for a little bit – I started running road races around DC again. We lived in Maryland at the time and DC is definitely not far.

There are certainly a couple that I really really enjoyed. Some I’ve done more than once! One I should have done 3 times but I injured my knee and had to bow out.

*drum roll*

The Marine Corps Marathon.

Yep. That’s my favorite.

Ran it first in 2009.

Hey, hey, hey, it's Tuesday! That means it's time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run! That also means I'm linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. :) This week we're talking about that favorite hometown race. That's actually an interesting thought for me because.... Where is my hometown? Is it where I live now? Or is it where I grew up? I've moved 26 times in my life. I think that's too many. No wonder I'm confused! haha #militarylife
Pushing up the final hill. Who puts a hill at the end of a marathon? Only the Marines. 🙂 At least I don’t look as miserable as the lady behind me. lol

Came back again in 2012 (flew up from Florida to run this one) and ran it as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast.

Hey, hey, hey, it's Tuesday! That means it's time for another edition of Tuesdays on the Run! That also means I'm linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. :) This week we're talking about that favorite hometown race. That's actually an interesting thought for me because.... Where is my hometown? Is it where I live now? Or is it where I grew up? I've moved 26 times in my life. I think that's too many. No wonder I'm confused! haha #militarylife
Hurricane schmurricane. Let’s run!

I was supposed to run it for the 3rd time in 2016 but ….

Surgery and the Week After

I absolutely love that race.

I don’t even mind the uphill finish. I mean, it sucks but, it’s worth it.

The Marines put on a spectacular race – everything is well organized, the crowds really come out to show support, it’s got the best music of any marathon I’ve ever run and I’ve done a RnR and Mississippi Blues!, you’re running with some incredibly amazing wounded warriors who are running or pushing a racing wheelchair, you’re out there with the Ground Pounders, and, hello, a Marine puts a medal around YOUR neck when you finish.

Cue ALL the feelings and all the tears the entire race.

Plus, the post-race food is pretty spectacular. And I don’t like to eat right after a marathon but man, I’m not giving up on one of those food boxes!! I’ll take it home and snack on it later. lol

I was planning on running it this year but, I’ve had a change of plans. I might just head up there anyway on race weekend and cheer on all the runners just because it’s so much fun!

That race definitely holds a piece of my heart.

Tell me: 

  • Have you run the MCM?
  • How many times have you run your favorite race?
  • How far have you traveled to run a race? (I flew out to Salt Lake City for that marathon when I lived in Pensacola, FL. That was a really fun race!)

16 COMMENTS

  1. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | 2nd Feb 18

    I’ve never run MCM but it’s definitely on my bucket list if I ever decide to do a 3rd marathon…(currently training for my 2nd!). it looks like such an awesome experience!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 3rd Feb 18

      It is such a great one! If you go for three, you should do it! Which one are you training for now?

  2. Marcia | 31st Jan 18

    MCM ranks high on my all-time fave marathon list. I ran it with you (escaping Sandy) in 2012. Um yeah that uphill finish is ridiculous but it’s short so whatever. Furthest ever traveled for a race has to be to Berlin last fall.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 3rd Feb 18

      Traveling to Berlin is so cool. I read your post on that race. I can’t even imagine how awesome that was! And hooray for running together back then! I wonder what the odds are that we were anywhere near each other. Haha

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy | 31st Jan 18

    Everyone does seem to love MCM. If only I ran full marathons . . . then again, as awesome as it sounds, it sounds damn hard, too. If I’m gonna ever do a full, I’m not sure i work that hard. Because a full marathon is hard enough!

    26 times? Wow. That’s nuts.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 3rd Feb 18

      Yeah. Military life. I went to 4 (5?) elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools.

      MCM is definitely not easy. I don’t think I’ve ever run an “easy” marathon. Some are just more fun than others. 🙂

  4. Rach @ Girl On The Run | 30th Jan 18

    I ran MCM once in 2013 – it was a great race, and still my PR (that I am dying to break)

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 31st Jan 18

      Ooh, at PR at MCM is definitely hard! Way to go! I’m sure you’ll break it soon. What’s on your schedule for this year?

  5. Wendy | 30th Jan 18

    Big Sur was my lifetime bucket list marathon and I am so glad I got to run it. But my heart belongs in Chicago…

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 31st Jan 18

      I don’t blame you – Big Sur is gorgeous!!! I may have to add that one back to my list. Lol

  6. Kimberly Hatting | 30th Jan 18

    Oh, MCM. At the absolute tip top of my bucket list. I’m an emotional gal (HORRIBLY emotional), so MCM would have me blubbering probably throughout the entire course. I mean…DC? Marines? Blue mile? Vets everywhere? My hubby is a retired LTC (Air Force), so he’ll probably be there with me (but not blubbering as much). #someday

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 30th Jan 18

      There’s nothing wrong with a little emotion during a marathon. Especially that one! You’d fit right in!! ❤️

  7. Lesley | 30th Jan 18

    The furthest I’ve traveled was from Dallas to Eugene, OR. My best friend and I did the half marathon in 2013, and we finished on the track at Hayward Field.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 30th Jan 18

      I did not even know there was a race up there that finished on the Hayward Field track! Wow! I think you just helped me add something to my bucket list. I would totally love to visit Eugene (track town) and soak up all that running awesomeness and history! I might actually be a little jealous, Lesley. 😂

  8. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness | 30th Jan 18

    Boston has got to be my favorite race(for obvious reasons) not sure if i really have a favorite home town race. The furthest I have gone to race was from Virginia to Monteray California to the Big Sur marathon. Worth every bit of the travel.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 30th Jan 18

      Oh man! I would totally love to run Big Sur!! So beautiful! And I love Monterey. Lived there twice and my husband is there now. I’ll take any opportunity I can get to go out there.

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