Way back in March, I made it through the lottery and got a spot in the Marine Corps Marathon. I trained my butt off all summer, and then decided to get injured 3 weeks before. It was up in the air whether I'd be able to run or not, but since my hotel and flight were nonrefundable (note: don't book nonrefundable rooms...), I didn't have a choice but to at least travel to DC to attempt the race.
I dropped Cookie off at the boarding place and caught the bus to JFK airport. Our plane was smaller than I'm used to (2 seats instead of 3), which meant lots of shaking once we started our decent. I only gripped onto the armrest a few times...
Flying into Dulles was way cheaper than flying into Reagan, but it's also further from the heart of DC. I caught the bus to get to the end of the Metro.
Reston Station (the end of the silver line) seemed like a cool little area. There were outdoor vendors and a lot of new housing.
I take the NYC subway every single day for work, shows, or just random exploring in the city. Still, whenever I go to a new city I'm always really confused by the public transportation. In this case, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why all the stops had different pricing. I'm used to swiping once to go wherever I need to go.
I stayed over in the Navy Yard, right by the baseball stadium. My hotel had beautiful views of the local spots.
My stress levels over the race were insanely high, so I wanted to take care of the Expo as soon as possible. The MCM made it really convenient, and provided free shuttles to the convention center over at the National Harbor. After sitting in some traffic, I made it!
Since I was going to attempt the race, I had a few things I needed to pick up, like gels, a new tank top, and a handheld water bottle. I also picked up a marathon hoodie at the Brooks station, and told myself that now that I spent the $55 on the hoodie, that I had to earn the right to wear it by finishing the race. On the way through the expo, I got some fruit snacks from Wegmans.
Got my number! I chatted with another runner who had the same injury that I did (ITBS), and he encouraged me that I could get through the race.
On the way back to the hotel, the fact that I hadn't eaten or drank anything all day caught up with me, and I got super sick. I stopped at the CVS near the hotel and picked up a 24 pack of water, plus some snacks for the room.
The Hampton Inn was really welcoming to the runners. When I checked in, the front desk gave me a few water bottles, Hershey kisses (important fuel), and an energy gel.
I stopped at Chopt, picked up a salad for dinner, and went to my room to eat and watch TV. Part of me wanted to go explore DC and find a bar or something for a drink, but I still felt really sick and didn't want to deal with the Metro. I decided to stay in for the night, and somehow managed to fall asleep before exploring the next day.