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MCM 2014 with a little help from my friends

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MCM 2014 with a little help from my friends

Post  KBFitz on Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:06 am

Last Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon was my 26th marathon and my 7th MCM. Due to a 5 week work stint in Nigeria and several other factors, my training was really sub-par ... I had done only one 20 mile run. Going into the race I knew that just finishing with a decent time would be an accomplishment. So I set my sights on running easy (no faster than 7:40/mile) and finishing under 3:30 (10 minutes faster than my BQ standard).

Now y'all know I always start way too fast. No exception this year. It was a gorgeous crisp morning. A dozen Marines and Army soldiers para-sailed in with huge American flags & two VTOL vehicles performed an impressive flyover. We were all pumped up. The howitzers fired and we were off! My splits every 5K show that I bolted ... again. But I was feeling good. And I made my time goal, coming in at 3:28:30 with a little help from my friends Mike, Chris and Jason. Marathon Photos documented my entire journey this year with stunning clarity. So without much narration, here is how my race unfolded in pictures. Many thanks to Mike, Chris, Jason and MarathonFoto.



So much for starting easy (no faster than 7:40/mile) sheesh!

 
Key Bridge mile 4


Georgetown mile 5


Georgetown mile 5


Rock Creek Parkway mile 7


Memorial Bridge (Lincoln Memorial) mile 11


Tidal Basin (Jefferson Memorial) mile 12


Thumbs up on Independence Ave at Washington Monument mile 16


At the Capitol Building mile 19


At the Capitol Building in mile 19 and still having fun


At the Museum of the American Indian in mile 19


At the Smithsonian Institution mile 20


Crystal City mile 23


And I'm paying the price for those free-wheeling early miles


In the last mile


Yeah ... it hurts


You see the hill, You TAKE the hill!


3:28:30 -- Oorah!


It takes a team


Team photo in Rosslyn


Heavy medal ... That's All Folks!


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Re: MCM 2014 with a little help from my friends

Post  Mike MacLellan on Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:09 pm

Been waiting for this one, Kevin.  Had a great time taking in DC's sights with you and SPRINTING BY EVERY BAND ON THE COURSE.  You definitely got your money's worth in this race with the air guitar and crowd-riling.  What a Face

Recover well and I'll be shooting you a line to set something up soon.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:49 pm

Nicely done, and wow! I've never seen a racecourse with so many photo ops. It shows your steely focus, despite the efforts of a couple of bandits to distract you! Smile
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Post  Michael Enright on Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:48 pm

Nice job Kevin! That was quite a start.
The pix bring back lots of memories of MCM 2013!
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Post  Julie on Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:28 pm

Congratulations! Great job!
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Post  dot520 on Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:52 am

Congratulations!  Love the new race report format!
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Post  Tom H on Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:12 pm

Way to go Kevin!  Looks like a great race!
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Post  Jim Lentz on Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:53 am

Awesome! Those pictures are great showing what the marathon is like, easy and smooth to gritting your teeth through the pain. Great job on meeting your goal!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:27 pm

Nice work, Kevin.  I see that you still haven't gotten that haircut - Smile
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Post  nkrichards on Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:56 pm

Nice race Kevin...love the photos!
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Post  Seth Harrison on Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:58 pm

OK Kevin, I was getting pretty pissed as I looked at your photos watching you cruise along so comfortably and chatting away on your way to BQ-10 min. 3:28 finish. Finally, the photo just before you crossed the finish line...you finally looked like I'm used to seeing myself look like late in a marathon. Nice job setting yourself up for a return to Boston in 2016. If I can hit my goal in Philly in three weeks (a not so comfortable time of under 3:30), I can look forward to seeing you again up there.
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Post  Gobbles on Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:29 pm

Looked painful!
Congrats.
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Post  Alex Kubacki on Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:52 am

Another great race to notch on the belt Kevin. Well done sir.
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Re: MCM 2014 with a little help from my friends

Post  KBFitz on Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:04 pm

Thanks Mark, Michael, Julie, Dot, Tom, Jim, Michele, Nancy and Alex for your kind remarks ... and I really like the new race report format too. I couldn't resist the opportunity to make this report almost entirely pictorial. The photographers snapped more than 60 images of me over the course of the event. They show graphically how the marathon becomes a different beast after 20 miles.
@Mike MacLellan wrote:Had a great time taking in DC's sights with you and SPRINTING BY EVERY BAND ON THE COURSE.
Ditto, my friend. What do you say to getting you and Aileen out for Jingle All The Way 5K in December?
@Seth Harrison wrote:OK Kevin, I was getting pretty pissed as I looked at your photos watching you cruise along so comfortably and chatting away on your way to BQ-10 min. 3:28 finish. Finally, the photo just before you crossed the finish line...you finally looked like I'm used to seeing myself look like late in a marathon. Nice job setting yourself up for a return to Boston in 2016. If I can hit my goal in Philly in three weeks (a not so comfortable time of under 3:30), I can look forward to seeing you again up there.
Yep, 26.2 always takes its toll. I could have done it smarter. But boyz just wanna have fun. Wink Good luck to you in Philly. It would be massive to see you in Boston in 2016.

@Gobbles wrote:Looked painful!
Congrats.
It wasn't really. And you did far better in NYC than I did in DC.
Three cheers for your performance in tough conditions cheers .
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Re: MCM 2014 with a little help from my friends

Post  Chris M on Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:57 pm

That was fun coming out and doing some running with you on my birthday!   Let's meet up for a long one soon before the Jingle race.
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Post  mountandog on Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:35 pm

Love the report Kev.  You look pretty good after 25 miles!!
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