The lottery was completed and notifications of congrats or regret were to be sent out after midnight/early Wednesday morning. I stayed up until a little after midnight but then knew I needed to get some sleep. I wasn't going to drive myself crazy because I remembered last year I didn't find out until late afternoon. But... I did set up my banking to alert me if a charge was put on my credit card and gave the MCM email address a special tone - just in case. ;)
A little after 2 am I got startled awake by a text message - the MCM fee had been deducted from my account. I just sort of giggled a bit and then rolled over and tried to get back to sleep. A short while later, my phone went blingity bling with the tone I gave the MCM email. I opened it up to read my "Congratulations" email, and then I stupidly farted around on my phone a bit with Twitter and Hay Day (my kids have me playing that damn game - it's an addiction!), and then got to sleep.
I put Marine Corps as my first choice for a few reasons. First of all, I really enjoyed the event last year. The whole weekend of events. Second of all, I really want another go of it. The little mistakes I made like trying to chase a pacer at first to running the middle flat part too fast to burning out at mile 25 and then walking a little part of the Iwo Jima hill at the end do still enter my mind.. especially on these long hard training runs for Pittsburgh. I want a re-do! I want to say I did NOT walk that hill at all! haha. I also would like to experience the things that I missed out on the first time around. It's also the 40th anniversary of the Marine Corps Marathon and it's looks like they're going to do some awesome things with that. I'm already a fan of the gear and colors they previewed. And.. it would be kind of cool to be on my way to being a member of the MCM Club - people who have ran 5+ MCMs and who get automatic entry for life. I could totally see myself making MCM a yearly thing. But... I think what really sealed the deal on MCM for me is reading my training logs and recaps and most of all - watching my finish line video. I knew last week that because I can still FEEL all those emotions watching that video and can sit here and cry and laugh that I had to try to get into the race again. It truly is that epic.
Well honey, the answer is I'll be carbloading for Marathon #3 at Georgetown Cupcake again! At least this year you'll already know where the post-race beer tent is to find me at!
As for what my "intent" is, so to speak, with this year's MCM - NFI. Let me get through Pittsburgh first, and check back with me on that sometime in June. ;)