Top 10 things not to do for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (I did all these last year including ending up in an AMBULANCE) PART 1

This is my Top 10 list of things that I hope not to repeat at the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.  Enjoy!

10) Don’t forget that there is a tent at the end of the race with killer “MCM Finisher” gear
9) Don’t walk around the city to go sightseeing before the race (there is a lot of walking in DC)
8) Don’t try to walk the entire city after the race (It was sure funny watching me walk up the steps in the capital building)
7) Don’t go to a fancy food place the night before and order a expensive meal that only has very little food….. I don’t get it.. the more it cost the less you get
6) Don’t forget to wear your race number on the front of you…. They don’t get any good pics of you if you wear your number on your butt….
5) Don’t forget to bring your socks that you normally train with because new socks on race day can cause blisters during the race, plus they were $18
4) Don’t change your fueling strategy for your marathon if you have never tried it before
3) Don’t forget to write down your emergency contact information on the back of your bib
2) Don’t abandon your race plan 5 min before the gun goes off
1) Make sure you hydrate properly so you don’t end up in an Ambulance after the race

This year will be the 3rd time in a row that I have done this race! And I can’t wait for this year to come! But after last year’s craziness I decided to sit down and analyze some of the mistakes that I made…

10) Don’t forget that there is a tent at the end of the race with killer “Finisher” gear

I have been all over the country this year and I keep running into people that have some AWESOME MCM gear… and it’s the stuff that I never saw at the expo! So finally I stopped someone in the middle of his date and asked him where he got the killer jacket… and he mentioned that there was a tent with “Finisher” gear at the end of the race! I must have been a little to disoriented to find it after my Ambulance Experience.  This year my first stop after picking up my medal and the coveted MCM Coin will be the “MCM Finisher Gear” tent.

9) Don’t walk around the city to go sightseeing before the race (there is a lot of walking in DC)

I didn’t do too much of this…. But DC is soooo tempting to go and check out all the sites, there is so much History there and it’s such an exciting city! And I do recommend you check out the city… just not right before you’re going to run 26.2 miles through it

8) Don’t try to walk the entire city after the race (It was sure funny watching me walk up the steps in the capital building)

After 200 trips to DC, I still find stuff that I never had the chance to check out before… but walking around after the race is tough… so if you want to limit what you are going to look at (You will be moving a lot slower after the race than before the race.) Personally, I walked all over the city, saw some sites, took some killer pictures, but by early afternoon I was toast… 6 hours before my flight was scheduled to leave I took off to the airport and laid there on a bench sore and stiff till it was time to fly out.

7) Don’t go to a fancy food place the night before and order a expensive meal that only comes with very little food….. I don’t get it.. the more it cost the less you get

Make sure to plan your pre race meal accordingly. I know of a ton of great places to eat in DC but I wanted to be cautious the night before the race and not be on my feet, so I went downstairs in my hotel (The Madison) to their restaurant. Fancy Hotel = Fancy Restaurant and I ordered one of their main pasta dishes (that the waiter said had a lot of pasta) and when they brought it out… I kinda laughed because the amount looked like a snack!

The good part of this story is that I started the meal at a table bymself and within 5 min I was sitting at another table with a whole group of people there for a politically rally, and they decided to pay for my entire meal… I wasn’t complaining one bit. New Friends and Free Food. (but I should have eaten more after that)

6) Don’t forget to wear your race number on the front of you…. They don’t get any good pics of you if you wear your number on your butt….
Normal protocol for me is to add my race number to the back side of my shorts and go without a shirt during the race (I live in FL and its hot during most of the year). I did that at MCM last year and when I got done I realized all the photo spots that are throughout the race (there are a lot of good ones) will all be based off your bib number.  So this year…  Shirt or no shirt I will make sure to keep my bib on the front of me.

That’s it for Part 1, check back in a few days for part 2!!!!

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4 responses to “Top 10 things not to do for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (I did all these last year including ending up in an AMBULANCE) PART 1

  1. Jen

    Love it! I live in Florida but am from the DC area. No worries about sightseeing for me. Lived their my entire life. LOL

  2. Casey

    I think the grasshopper has learned his lesson. I smell a BQ on the horizon.

  3. I sure hope the grasshopper has learned his lesson! But this is the lazy runner we’re talking about here and he is nothing if not entirely predictable in his otherwise unpredictable ways. My advice: Run with a pace group for the first few miles so you don’t go and blow out the first 5k. Please. I beg you! I want to see that shiny BQ of yours at the end sans ambulances! I’ll be waiting around Mile 22 to yell… I mean cheer… you on! 😉

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