This post is a little late, the race was October 20th. Just one week after my great experience at the Baltimore Marathon, and the Army was equally as fantastic. I ran the race with my friend Rose from my training group, and her 25 year old son, who had not really trained for the race and whose longest run in the previous two months was only 4 miles.
This is a huge race, there are 35,000 runners, and I hadn’t run it since 2010 for various reasons.
(Me and 34,999 of my closest friends.)
In the interim, the starting and finishing lines were moved, and the beginning and end of the race were staged much better. There was a lot of security, and we were told not to bring cell phones, so I don’t have many photos. Of course, no one else listened to the rules and most people did have their phones with them and suffered no consequences.
It was a beautiful day that started out dark and early, as always.
A couple of days after the full moon, starting at the Pentagon.
One thing I like about this race is the fun water stops. There are lots of Army guys and girls volunteering at the water stops, they stand shoulder to shoulder about 6 or 8 tables long, holding out water, and I could hear:
“You’re welcome ma’am.”
I got ma’amed a lot. They are very enthusiastic.
Despite the crowds, the miles just flew by and Rose and I crossed the finished line hand in hand. Her son ran ahead and finished a couple of minutes ahead of us. I felt great after the race, and was glad I got to run it after missing it for two years.