I've been toying with the idea of running a marathon since last summer when I ran/hiked 17 or so miles up Cascade Canyon in the Grand Tetons. Prior to that I had considered 13.1 my limit, but the next day, when I felt alright and was able to just get on with my day I started to reconsider. Suddenly the number 26.2 didn't seem all that far fetched. So I set about finding the perfect marathon to go for. I have a lot requirements- affordable, within driving distance, relatively flat, great scenery so I don't get bored, large field so I don't get left on my own, and a relatively generous pace requirement (because I'm slow). I looked at a lot of races and finally set on Marine Corps Marathon and I took a leap of faith and entered lottery. I told myself that I'd leave it up to chance, if I got in, great. If not, well I'd wait until another race came along. Then I didn't get in and I found myself way more disappointed then anticipated. I wanted to do this race, so instead of just shrugging it off I went and found a better way to run- I joined a charity team.
Finding a charity team that I wanted to run for was almost as difficult as picking the race. There are a lot of charities that offer bibs for Marine Corps, each has a different fundraising goal, and each does a lot of good work. A lot of the groups I've heard of, Team Sempre Fi, Team RWB, St. Jude and Red Cross. The question was which group did I want to run for and support? I looked at almost every partner and finally settled on one that I felt the biggest connection with. For various reasons Team Running Strong kept calling back to it's page and eventually I threw my hat in the ring and joined their team.
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