Marine Corps Marathon Changes To Flatter Course

Marine Corps Marathon Changes To Flatter Course

For all you runners out there doing the race, the course is changing this year!

“When runners embark on the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon in late October, they will have a flatter course to traverse than they did the past six years.

On Tuesday, race organizers released the map for the 38th running of the marathon, which, most notably, does not include the 150-foot grade that challenged runners as they made their way around the Georgetown Reservoir. It’s a change veterans of the marathon like Fort Washington’s George Banker welcome.”

A Marathon Run On A Glacier

A Marathon Run On A Glacier

Yes, this is a REAL thing. There is a race out there, god help them, where people run a marathon… on a glacier. Why? Because apparently zombie runs, 26.2 miles, Tough Mudders, and any number of other races we already have out there is just not enough.

As much as I admire these people, I think I’ll have to draw the line here. Although, I bet there are less zombies in really cold places. I bet they’d stay outdoors too long, and their limbs would freeze stuck and become unmovable.

Mission 14, "Virtuous Circle"

“You have picked up a bottle of whiskey, and a book.”

Well, you know your run is going well when you hear that. This was my second “official” run for training. I’ve been running for a few weeks before this trying to get back in shape, but we won’t count those.
Today’s Mission was #14. It involved the trusty radio operator you normally hear in almost every mission, Sam Yao, and the medical officer, Dr. Maxine Myers. I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying you went on a supplies run for fun items for this one. It was a really quick mission–only 21 minutes long. That suited me fine as I was already late for a house warming party, so instead of running more I just called it quits and headed home.
There was another great comment while I was running the mission, when Sam said:

“Maybe you could even pretend the zombies are a game in a way… no, never mind, that would be silly.”

The Zombies, run! app also has a feature that as soon as you finish a Mission, it goes into “radio” mode. This basically is just two character’s audio being prompted in between songs. Usually, it’s them just joking around.
Training wise I felt a little tired today, which sucked. I always say that this stuff is more mental than physical. In the end your body can always handle it–it’s your mind that has to.
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