Litchfield Completes Marine Corp Marathon

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Litchfield Completes Marine Corp Marathon

Junior Emma Litchfield ran the prestigious Marine Corps Marathon in October 2018.

Junior Emma Litchfield ran the prestigious Marine Corps Marathon in October 2018.

Emma Litchfield

Junior Emma Litchfield ran the prestigious Marine Corps Marathon in October 2018.

Emma Litchfield

Emma Litchfield

Junior Emma Litchfield ran the prestigious Marine Corps Marathon in October 2018.

Lucia Bramer, Reporter

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CHS junior Emma Litchfield ran the 44th Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 27 without ever doing it before.

Emma has always enjoyed running, though track in school wasn’t appealing since she prefers long distance runs over short runs or sprints. Running the Marine Corps Marathon, which honors the naval forces of the U.S., was a totally new experience to her.

“I ran many 5K races and two half marathons in the past two years already, but running this marathon just seemed so much more impossible to me at first,” Emma said.

She trained by running with her father, increasing her distance by 1-mile each week. Waiting at the starting point with her father together with runners from all 50 states and over 60 countries, Emma felt extremely nervous but excited for when the starting pistol went off at 7:55 a.m.

Emma was concerned about not being able to finish the race on her own and “one of the many thoughts crossing my mind when I was just about to begin to run was that I wanted to be carried to the finish line. But I might have over exaggerated, really I didn’t do too bad,” Emma said. “Luckily I was able to listen to music; I would’ve been so bored otherwise. Also, running got super painful after the first 13 miles!”

The safety pin that attached her number tag came loose and rubbed against Emma’s leg while running so that it even scratched off the skin on her leg causing it to hurt with every step she took.

“When she got home she walked like she was Frankenstein’s Monster himself. Her whole body looked like it was sore and she was so exhausted, I could tell. All she could talk about was how much her legs and feet hurt and, of course, she bragged about the medal she got,” her mother Heather Litchfield said.

Being one of the only few teenagers running, Emma felt beyond happy that she didn’t give up. Crossing the finish line with her entire body feeling numb, she was mostly feeling relieved.

“To me running [the marathon] was hard and I could tell it was tough for Emma as well. I tried to push and motivate her. In the end, she even finished before me,” her father John Litchfield said.

Running a marathon so early in her life, Emma clearly achieved a milestone that some people wouldn’t even consider to attempt. Running the Marine Corps Marathon taught her to pull through if you really want to achieve something and don’t stop even though it might be a hard time for you.

“The next day I was in school, I proudly wore my medal, so many people couldn’t believe that I actually did it. To prove them wrong made me even more proud!” Emma said.