NCR TRAIL MARATHON – MARYLAND

When I finished my first marathon, I could barely walk.  People had to hold me up.  I was cold and shaking and wanted to put long pants on but could not even do that without help.  NEVER EVER AGAIN I thought.  For about 10 hours.  After a dinner at Olive Garden (I earned it darn it!), I went to bed.  Woke up around 2 AM and started looking for my next marathon.  It would be in the NCR Trail Marathon in Maryland – Sparks-Glencoe MD, on November 29.

I was barely a runner at this point, having only run for 6 months, and certainly not a runner on an unpaved trail, but it was a reasonably close race, a slightly warmer temperature, so we went at it.  Allison, the kids and I drove to Maryland, stopping at a Cracker Barrel on the way down.  We stayed at the hotel and the next morning went off to the race.  Parking was a challenge but Allison and the kids saw me start; then it was basically down a hill, around the bend, and out 11 or 12 miles (and back those same 11 or 12 miles) up that hill I started out going down and across the finish line.  2 marathons in 2 months.  Was a pattern developing?

The morning of the Trail Marathon at the hotel.
The morning of the Trail Marathon at the hotel.
After the NCR trail marathon was over.  Generally, you get a medal after each marathon.  Pretty cool.  I ran in my Darth Vader hat which also got a few comments.
After the NCR trail marathon was over. Generally, you get a medal after each marathon. Pretty cool. I ran in my Darth Vader hat which also got a few comments.
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