The C&0 towpath marathon course should it was all flat. This was the marathon I was looking the most forward to. I always loved going to DC because it reminds me playing University of Delaware Ultimate on the lawn next to the Lincoln Memorial. This will also be the first marathon starting before the sun came up. I arrived at 6:00am to pitch darkness and 30 degree weather. At the start line, I joined familiar faces from previous marathons ready to go.
I put my water jug on my head and we began. The route was four laps on the canal towpath in DC close to Georgetown University. The first half flew by, thankful this whole course is flat. I took a quick break to drink as much Gatorade as I could and asked for the time. This was the first time I have ever been under 3 hours! At that moment, my mind went blank, adrenaline kicked in, and all the pain I had in my arms and legs were ignored. The constant cheer and knowing I had friends waiting for me at the finish line helped me finish with my new personal best time of 5 hours 57 minutes. I was so happy and immediately ate a whole sleeve of chips ahoy. I was so happy but also ready to fall apart, the adrenaline must be going away.
A few members of the Marathon Maniacs came up to me happy to see me again after seeing me at the Loonies Midnight marathon and told me they were going to donate. I couldn't have finished of these marathons without there help.
This marked the 7th marathon completed. Excited to see how much we have raised knowing that this marathon made a positive impact on people in Tanzania and to myself.