Note: Shortly after I posted this I received an e-mail from MCM confirming that the race would indeed be on regardless of the government shutdown. It specifically said “Marines are known for being Semper Fidelis, always faithful. In this spirit, the expectation is that runners will remain faithful to their training and the MCM will continue to plan diligently for an amazing MCM Weekend.”
So…on with the planning!
3 weeks from today I’ll be heading down to DC for the Marine Corp Marathon!
Honestly, I am so exited about it you’d think I was leaving tomorrow! (Instead I’ll be doing my last long run tomorrow!)
I realized the other day that while almost all of my races have been “destination races”, they’ve all been to the same destinations – Walt Disney World and Disneyland!
So, since I haven’t been to Washington DC in ages, I figured I’d try to get the most out of this quick weekend trip and I’d love your help if you have any suggestions!
Here’s my current MCM To-Do list:
I plan to get to DC early Friday afternoon and head over to the expo. Saturday morning I’ll be doing the Runner’s bRUNch, and Sunday I’ve got a little 26.2 mile run on the agenda!
That leaves Friday night and Saturday afternoon…
So, if you’ve ever been to DC, what’s your favorite thing to do??
What should I be sure to see?
And (most importantly!) where should we eat?!
**UPDATE: I should probably mention I totally understand there is a chance a lot of the usual tourist things may not be open in DC when I go, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed and if not maybe I’ll plan another trip soon! Also, feel free to suggest non-government things…you know, best ice cream place, kayaking down the river, etc.!
(P.S. thanks to my brother Dominic and Nicole from Pink Elephant on Parade who already gave me a bunch of great suggestions! And if you’re running MCM be sure to stop by Nicole’s blog, she lives in DC and is posting a bunch of great tips for those of us traveling in for the race!)
Other than working on weekend plans I’ve already started a packing list (although I clearly need to wait to closer to the race to figure out the weather!) and I’ve set a reminder on my phone to drink a cherry juice and foam roll for at least 10 minutes every day leading up to the race (3 days in a row so far!).