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…..
…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!!
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.
Yep. That’s my favorite.
Ran it first in 2009.
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.
I was supposed to run it for the 3rd time in 2016 but ….
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.