Sunday, October 25, 2009

Marine Corps Marathon 2009

I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon this morning (route displayed below). My watch time was 4:39:52, which is about 40 minutes slower than my goal time; my legs cramped at mile 20, so my running was hobbled and interspersed with lots of walking. I crossed that finish line, though, and am wondering if this is perhaps the least intelligent thing I've ever accomplished - I'm hurting from head to foot.

I'm currently thinking that I may never run this distance again, and I think I'm much more partial to ten-milers. However, the course itself was a pleasant run with lots of scenery and music along the way. The post race festivities in Arlington were very busy, although I managed to stumble to the Metro and make my way home to a shower and nap. I think it may be time for nap number two.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Body Worlds 2 and Terror Behind the Walls

Jeff made a trip to Philadelphia last weekend for a couple of nights. Saturday was incredibly busy with a trip to The Franklin Institute in order to see Body Worlds 2. While the exhibit would have been interesting enough, it was even more so with Jess able to point out obscure anatomy that she is familiar with from school.

After lunch at Machismo Burrito Bar, we napped away a rainy afternoon in preparation for Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Although we had to wait for an hour in order to catch a bus to the building, then another hour to get into the show, it was very worth the wait; the atmosphere of a deteriorating prison makes for a great haunted house. The majority of the tour isn't haunted so much as startling, and includes five sections: intake, lock down, the infirmary, the experiment, and night watch. The staff gives out flashlights for night watch, and you navigate through the halls with no ambient light, although lock down was the most disturbing section. We'll totally go back next year.
- j&j

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Army Ten Miler

I ran in the Army Ten-Miler this morning (route displayed below). My watch time was 1:19:12, which is almost five minutes faster than my previous 10 miler. This time I don't feel beat, either, which means my training has been effective. I think I could have finished even faster, but with 30,000 registered runners, there was lots of dodging around to get ahead.

Jason and his buddy Andy also ran; I saw Jason between the 7 and 8 mile markers, and we ran together for a few minutes before I needed to pick up my pace. At the end, I met up with Kelly to look for Jason, but he was nowhere to be found.

My next race is the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25th. I'm shooting for under four hours, but I'll be happy to finish it. I'll let you know when I do.