As I sit on my couch eating a bag of candy corn (must eat ALL the food), it’s time for the recap. All in all, it was an amazing day for a run around our nation’s capital. I picked up two Marine hugs and more than 50 Marines high-fives (and approximately the same number from random children along the course). I was hit in the face by a licorice stick, well the guy was trying to be nice but it’s hard to steer when you’re tired from running the previous 23 miles. I unfortunately sacrificed at least 2 toenails to the marathon gods and I knew it since mile 13 (ouch)…note to self- tie your shoes tighter next time, Alison. I also have a bone to pick with the folks who measured that course because as you can see in the photo, my gps watch said it was 26.83 miles…hmmm.

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It never ceases to amaze me how many people come out to cheer for total strangers on a cold October morning. These people, who I will never meet and therefore will never get to thank, kept my engine going especially in the last 2 miles when my IT band and foot blisters were screaming “for the love of God stop!” If it wasn’t for that bathroom break at mile 7, I surely would have broken 4 hours but I couldn’t be prouder of my 4:02 time.

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Then, after I finished, I pulled out my phone to double-digit Facebook notifications and texts from many friends and my family wishing me luck and offering words of encouragement. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.

Now if you’ll excuse me it’s time to eat lunch (again).

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