After months of agonizing over the best course of action to take regarding whether to run the Marine Corps Marathon on an injured hip, race weekend was finally here. The moment of truth. There was actually very little doubt about whether I would go.
This was my 2nd marathon, and I found it to be a much better experience than my first. It was well attended by runners (21,000+) and spectators alike. I'm not from D.C. so can't accurately describe the route except to say that about 50% of it was shaded during the time I ran.
Wasn't my favorite. I ran the 40th anniversary and there were so many runners and the course seemed to be mostly one lane roads. I felt very stressed and never got in a comfortable stride due to how many runners were packed in. Many others love it....
I have run 2 full marathons, both of which were this race (39th 2014 and 40th 2015 MCM)! I'm a beginner to casual runner and the course was just perfect for my skill level. It's mostly flat and lends itself to wide avenues to run along.
This was my 2nd marathon. I got in through the lottery. Alot of friends did not, but were able to obtain charity bibs with reasonable goals. The expo was large at packet pick up. All merchandise was extremely over priced (compared to all races I've done before).