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Marine Corps Marathon!

And I’m jealous.  Super super jealous!

I had such a great experience at the Marine Corps Marathon last year, and just knew I’d be running it again this year, except life had different plans and we’re in Manila instead.

I love it here, but I really wish tickets to DC were not a small fortune – I would have signed up, and forced myself to run, be it on the treadmill or during typhoons, and I would be joining my amazing friends in DC for the race.


So I’m jealous.  And sad. 

Sad that I can no longer bust 20 miles on a Saturday morning, sad that I won’t be sharing this experience this year, sad that I’m missing an amazing race and I won’t be collecting yet another medal.  It’s weird the things that makes you sad, but this truly makes me sad. 

But just because I’m sad and jealous, doesn’t mean I’m not here, from halfway across the world, cheering on my friends, the many other bloggers who are running it, and all the other 35,000 runners that will be kicking some ass this weekend!  Good luck to all of you!

Marine Corps Marathon:  maybe I’ll see you again in 2013?  Pretty please?  (And you DC people better put it in your calendar, you are training with me!)

Good luck to all of you running this weekend!  And when the uniformed marine slips the medal around your neck, tell me that is not much better than grabbing one from a random volunteer…  And for those of you blogging, I’ll be stalking your race reports, no joke.  Until then, beat the bridge and have fun!

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Am I still a marathoner?

Some days I question if I can still call myself a runner, but I certainly don’t feel like a marathoner anymore…

It was over a year ago today that I crossed the finish line of my first marathon

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(Are you sick of seeing this picture already?  Because, sorry, but I’m not!  It’s still my favorite race picture ever!)

And this coming weekend it’ll be a year since I crossed the finish line of my second, and last, marathon…

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And since then, I’ve run a couple of half marathons, but even that seems like a whole world away.  Because it was – it was on my old life, back in DC, where I had a wonderful group to run with, all my runs consisted of outdoor runs with company, and my Saturday morning routine was getting a long run in, instead of sleeping in and going to the farmer’s market.

I still hope I’ll get to run another marathon someday (maybe MCM again in 2013 – I WILL be back in DC for that and I am still in love with that marathon), but when my longest run in Manila has been 5 miles, while struggling, I feel far from a marathoner.  But I hope to be there someday again.

So you can imagine my surprise when this arrived on the mail…

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From Lesley!  With a sweet note to boot!

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“Thought maybe this would give you a little running pick-me-up!  You are strong…  Believe you still have that 26.2 in you!  Lesley”

Now isn’t that the sweetest surprise?  (I had no clue it was coming!  She had asked for my DPO address, but I didn’t give much thought to it!)

And the shirt?  Super cute!  And COMFORTABLE!  (Yes, it’s a bathroom picture!  Staying classy in Manila…)

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And though my sports bra totally peaks out from it, just one more thing to color coordinate before a run, no?

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(No idea why this picture came out so grainy…  I think I should have turned the mirror lights off because the camera got totally confused…)

So Lesley thinks I can run another marathon, and I still hope I can!  I need more motivation and more goals, but I hope that little by little, I can at least call myself a runner again…

What is the best surprise you’ve ever got in the mail?

And don’t forget to help me pick a new blog name in this post!  You can win some Manila goodies!

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