This is the 10th Memorial Anniversary of Captain Philip Dykeman USMC KIA Iraq. We are running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th 2018. We have 13 runners signed up this year to run a Marathon. That is 26.2 miles on race day. But the journey will take between 400 and 500 training miles! We are dedicated to Captain Dykeman’s Family and memory! We have 1st time Marathoners, Multiple Marathoners, and also a Marine that served with Phil!
Running is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better then you used to be. I have been a runner for 10 years. I went from the coach to a Marathon in 3 months. The last 10 years I have run over 4000 miles. Nothing has affected me more than Phil’s death. It sucks that it took a tragedy to start growing up. My family and friends would all agree that I have changed for the better over the last 10 years.
Please keep all of the runners in your thoughts and prayers. Marathon training officially starts on June 26th. 4 1/2 months of training, eating better, and lack of sleep. The mission will always start with one goal in mind. Team Dykeman will finish the Marine Corps Marathon at the foot of Iwo Jima Memorial on October 28th.
Please support Team Dykeman goal to never forget Captain Philip Dykeman.
Cousin Andrew Bateman
Finally some musings regarding Phil:
The Marine Corps grunt or bark is best described as ooo-rah. It kind of loses it’s translation unless heard in person. What it is not is arrugah (some kind of sub diving sound) or Hoo-rah (a bastardization of the Army’s Hooa or Whooah which I am told means heard and understood, but I have no confirmation on any of that there army stuff).
Phil was Phil to me. If I had still been active duty, he would have been Captain Dykeman, Captain, Sir, and sometimes – Skipper (a reference to a captain also being in charge of a ship). What he never would have been – and was never called by those that served under him was Captain Phil. I’m not sure if Captain Phil is a term of endearment that his extended family uses, and if so, I’ve learned something. For those that wish to be more militarily correct – I’d go with Captain Dykeman or just plain Phil.
Regarding why I’m running this thing – quite frankly for Phil and no other reason. There are lots of organizations that serve the military, both active duty and veterans. Many take care of wounded warriors. I respect many of these organizations, and I have participated in many of their activities. This one – this run and everything I do for Team Dykeman – is for Phil and no others.
Phil was the best friend I ever had, and I do this insanity in his honor (honestly, running 26 miles is insane). For the USO, the wounded warriors, and the Red Cross, I’ll stick to saner venues like 5K and 10K events.
Gysgt, USMC Retired and a fan of whiskey sours.
From Stephen Bateman (Phil’s Cousin)
I had my biggest run ever this weekend. Chase Lake to Stoney Lake to Whishy’s in Croghan. 23 miles. To any non-runners (like me) I am a very strong proponent of the Galloway interval method. Before I started this crazy idea (Brent’s right) the furthest I had ever run was a 10k and that was probably 15-20 years ago. Following Gallaway’s method I run for 9 minutes and walk for 1. When I ran my 23 on Saturday it was a picture perfect day, had good tunes, knew I had eaten properly and everything was good. The first 11 miles were surprisingly enjoyable. The next 12 miles were OK, not quite as much fun, but not as bad as I expected. No wall! What got me through that 2nd half was the goal of running for 9 minutes. That’s all I had to run. I’ve trained enough that I can run for 9 minutes. Of course I had to run it over and over and over again. 243 minutes and it was all over. Yea!
From Rusty Sneeden:
WELL WELL WELL , It is about time I make a post . Just wanted to say hello to everybody and I hope that everyone’s training is going great ! Mine has been slow the last couple of weeks but I have had some buddy support from Jason Finch , Dewayne Malpass,Steve Killian and best of all my girlfriend Angel Mercer .
Jason came up to run a few miles with me this past weekend while he was visiting Myrtle Beach , he decided to come see how slow and awkward I run , but it was great to hear some of his advice and some of his training stories . I don’t know about you guys , but this is my first Marathon and I really do not know what I am in store for other than the stories I hear .Dewayne Malpass is also running his first as well and a matter of fact we are running together tomorrow , I am very proud of Dewayne for sticking with it through all of his traveling and work schedule , way to go Dewayne ! I also want to thank Steve Killian for giving me an extra push , although he is not doing this race I know he will be cheering on TEAMDYKEMAN thanks for running with me Steve .
Now a couple of things , one day last week , I rolled my ankle stepping out the front door , but I left to run on it anyway , I was fine , but I should have used it as a sign not to run that day . I was running my normal route around 5:00 am in the morning , I almost got attacked by a bat , a matter of fact I felt his wing brush across the top of my head , needless to say I ran a little faster jumping and swinging my arms like a crazy person on crack , my hair was standing up on the back of my head , but he went away , maybe bats don’t like crazy people either who knows , the next thing I know is I step on something squishy and turns out I killed a frog and my shoe felt funny the rest of the run but also a little further I stepped on a one foot centipede it seemed like and he went snap crackle pop in the tread of my shoes for about 500 yards . Finally a little while longer things seemed to get smoother and I was about my business running good listening to some good tunes and all of a sudden I look down at my shirt and it looked like I spilled kool aid on myself except I don’t drink Kool aid , it was my left nipple bleeding , holy cow it started hurting bad and I was too far away from the house to get back I had to finish running .Andrew had warned me about that but I was like man I surf my nipples are tough , well they aren’t that tough . Well then I am running through a nice neighborhood sun has come up where people can see me now , well , I have to go to the bathroom , and I am not talking number one , I am talking number two . I tried to hold it and the harder I tried to hold it the worst it got , I was doubling over with cramps barely able to walk , but I was fighting it , I knew of a place that had a patch of wood it was about a half mile away , well to make a long story shorter , I made it to the woods and using Oak Leaves to take care of business afterwards , all I have to say is make sure you bring toilet paper on your runs the rest of this month , I swear those damn breakfast bars , don’t’ eat those either because I get a cramp every time I eat those things .So just when things could not get any worse I had put in about 11 miles and I had two more miles to go to get home . I started feeling the chafe , and all you guys out there know about the chafe . I have it now from running this morning and I can’t hardly walk , I look like I have a corn cob up my butt because I don’t want my pants or boxers to touch me at all so I am walking funny as hell but I am hurting . let me tell you !!
Can anybody relate to what I am telling you , I am miserable right now but hopefully I will build up some resistance before our big race !!