Denise's Run at the 2010 MCM

Denise at the MCM Expo entrance.

Denise at the MCM Expo check-in.

Denise at the MCM Expo getting the all-important jersey.

Denise at the MCM Expo getting the all-important jersey.

Denise has earned the jersey in a long year's training.

Denise inventorying her "goodie" bag.

Denise selecting her Victory shirt.

The two of us at the MCM Expo.

Denise selecting her Victory shirt.

Improvised Marine jazz session for runners and their families.

Denise at the Wok and Roll in DC.

The night before: pinning race bibs on.

The night before: planning final gel strategy.

The night before: preparations complete.

The day is here: breakfast at the Residence Inn at 5:30 AM.

Pre-dawn: walking past the Pentagon.

Which way to the starting line?

The two of us at Runners's Village.

Marathon #6 for me. As many as you do, it never gets easier.

Our mission: run up the last hill at mile 26.

Parting with the past: moments after peeling off her first 8K MCM tee shirt and tossing it.

Arriving at the corrals.

The starting line is really far away.

At our corral.

The gun sounds, we beging the long journey.

Marine color guard.

Running down Spout Run

The View of Georgetown U. from the MCM.

Crossing the Key Bridge at a water stop.

Water stop in Georgetown.

Running past the Watergate.

Threading her way to Hains Point.

Mile 15.

Crossing the Tidal Basin: Washington Monument.

Crossing the Tidal Basin: Jefferson Memorial.

Passing the White House.

Passing the White House.

Passing the Washington Monument.

Passing Capital.

Passing The Capital.

Passing the Museum of Modern Art.

Approaching the Bridge: first cramp.

The Bridge: a yahoo in front of the Jefferson Memorial.

The Bridge: everyone around her is walking.

The Bridge: another stretch. She's almost across.

At the turn north in Crystal City.

Running past the Pentagon and walkers.

Mile 25: last cup of water.

Denise approaching Mile 26.

She did it!

Receiving her completion medal.

After a marathon, all food tastes good.

Victory after a year of hard training.