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 15, “Scouting Mission”

scoutingI really wanted to remember a fun quote from this Mission for you guys… but I don’t. It did have some funny ones.

So, I went for a run a lot earlier than normal today. The sun is starting to go down faster, and I find myself more and more feeling less in the mood the later I wait. Since I am also doing the GameSkinny internship and still working on helping AI’s Solidarity Campaign, it’s just better to get it out of the way.

This mission started out seeming like it was just your normal, run of the mill scouting trip. Three runners go out, I among them. Zoms weren’t really noisy last run or two–what was there to worry about? That was, until we stumbled upon something to worry about…

Unfortunately for you, I don’t give out spoilers! So if you want to know what I guess you’ll have to just run the mission for yourself.

Training Report

I felt tired today, for no particular reason. My muscles in my right thigh were bothering me, also. I try to stretch a little after each run, but I think I need to get a foam roller and be more serious. I’ve already injured myself in the past from running, and mostly because half the time I don’t know what I’m doing.

I have also been trying to drink a LOT more water. It’s kind of my one problem. For a while now (I’d say at least 2 years, maybe more), I have been eating pretty healthy. And other than booze every now and then when I am having fun, I don’t drink much besides coffee. No soda, at least. Yet, I also don’t drink much of anything that is healthy for me either, and that includes water.

If I hope to really get into the right fitness for this half marathon, I’m going to have to change that!

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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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Mission 13, "Patient 29"

There is nothing so fun as running from Zombies on a Friday. Not because you’re gonna get away with not running from them tomorrow, being a Saturday, but because at least I don’t have to get up at 6 a.m., work until 5 p.m., go for a run, and still have the energy to write an article for GameSkinny.

So tonight I ran–according to Nike+ which I still haven’t calibrated–2 miles. I did loop around what I am decently sure is a mile so it’s probably pretty on par with the right distance. Not only will I be giving updates on my runs, but also include my Zombie training as well. Just in case any of you needed some extra tips.

I use the Zombies, Run! app, and basically what happens is you run a “Mission”, which generally can last from 25 – 30 minutes. In between songs of a playlist you choose, an audio story line plays. You also collect supplies as you run which you can use towards building your base. I’m going to be doing an awesome video review of this on my Facebook page, I Am Out Of Character, pretty soon. I’ve partnered up with a friend who does a lot of film ventures and also has Final Cut, so it should be pretty sweet.

I’ve been using the app for a while, so right now I am on Mission 13 now which is called Patient 29. I don’t want to give anything away for the story line, but I will post up a screen shot or two just for fun.