Marine Corps Marathon Tips and 26.2 Checklist.

Last night I finally got my life together and started packing for my trip to D.C. Massage stick and compression socks ready to go. Definitely can’t wait to get this race behind me!


And of course I am bringing some race shirts along…this weekend kicks off the Dallas 13.1. Last year I was a pacer for this race and it was an incredible experience. Good luck to anyone running it!

I thought today would be a good day to give you some tips for those of you also running MCM!! This will be my 3rd time running it and my 11th full marathon. Very much looking forward to running with the Marines!

And without further ado…a checklist to get you prepped and ready to go, courtesy of Brooks. This would definitely be something good to even print out and take along with you.


Some quick tips for those of you rocking the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time!

I ran it in 2012 and 2011 and I have to tell you that it is my favorite marathon to date! The historical landmarks, Marines cheering you along the way, and beautiful scenery really keep you pumped up throughout the course!

A few things-

-Make sure you arrive early and give yourself enough time to line up to the start. A majority of the runners will be taking the Metro like you to the race site so you want to be able to allow time for that, as well as time for the porta potties and gear check. I would say to arrive about an hour or so early just to be sure.

-The course is nice and flat with a few rolling hills…there will be lots to look at! Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage DC has to offer! It is very pretty there this time of year. Take the time during the first half to ENJOY the course, and keep your pace in check. Conserve that energy for the later miles.

-The Marines will be at every water stop and mile marker cheering you on! It is so awesome and encouraging to have them there every step of the way.

-The toughest point in the course for me was the “Beat the Bridge” at mile 20 – basically it is a long stretch of road with almost no spectators…it’s the point in the course where you have to dig deep and tap into that MENTAL TOUGHNESS. At this point in the race you have what it takes to make it to 26.2! It’s all mental, all heart. Utilize whatever mantra, positive affirmations you’ve got inside and keep going.

-After you have conquered the bridge, you will enter into the beautiful streets of Crystal City…ahh and the spectators are all around! Feel the energy and the music around you…you are almost there!

-The last little obstacle you will conquer will be the lwo Jima hill! It is right at the end of the race…at this point you will be all adrenaline and ready to just FINISH! Surge up this hill and head to the finish line…you are done!! Celebrate your awesomeness!

-Make sure you take your photo at the end with the Marines and with the beautiful monuments in the background!

**For some of you, this will be your very first marathon. What an honor to say that MCM was your FIRST one! I have to tell you that after you run it once you will want to do it again! Trust me!

Anyone training for a fall marathon…or a spring one? Which one are you running?

26 thoughts on “Marine Corps Marathon Tips and 26.2 Checklist.

  1. Hey!! Love your tips!! Very cool!! Marc (my husband) ran it a few years back and I was there cheering him on! It’s a great race!! So much energy! I loved being a spectator at this race! I definitely remember taking the Metro with lots of other runners and feeling happy we’d left early…a huge crowd!!! You’re going to have an amazing race!! So excited for you!! xoxo

  2. You are so far ahead of me, I have a pile of stuff but absolutely nothing organized or packed yet. I need to get on the ball – we leave tomorrow! I agree with everything you stated about the marathon. This is #34 for me and the 2nd time running MCM. It’s by far the most amazing marathon ever. I loved it last time and can’t wait for Sunday. Best of luck out there!!! 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to follow along and hear all about your race!
    So, I’m really thinking that I should come back to Ft. Worth for the Cowtown next year and do the 50K — if I do we have to meet!!!

  4. Fantastic tips–I’m definitely sharing them! I know you know your stuff when it comes to marathoning. 🙂 Good luck with travel and with your race! I’m thinking about training for the Illinois Marathon again in the spring…running high mileage in the winter is so much easier than in the summer!

  5. Good luck and have fun! Love the extra hair tie and proper fitting sports bra tick check boxes. I feel good fitting sports bras are sometimes overlooked, yet they’re an absolute must! I cringe when I see girls with unsupported bounce! Ouch!

    Anyways, I wish you good luck and have an amazing in in DC!

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