I am a spectator baby!…but eating like I ran it!
I had signed up to run Philly marathon, but soon after my half Ironman (HIM), work deadline, and presentation preparation…I decided to go for the half marathon. After more consideration, I decided that I’m going to just spectate. I was a little burnt out after doing the Ragnar Relay ultra team, Boston Marathon and the HIM and needed some time to recover both physically and mentally. Best idea ever! I not only got to rest but I got to cheer for Dave, my friends and running club members!
We went to lunch at Sabrina’s Cafe. Both Dave and I were in awe with the food. I got a Tuscan chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries. The sweet potato fries had some confectionate sugar on it and were so delicious they could have been a dessert! Dave got a chicken parm sandwich and parmesan fries. Yum!
Next up was the expo and picked up our numbers. I wanted to get my number so I could get my nice expensive technical shirt (since I’m not running-have to get something for my entry fee!). The expo was larger than some, but still not as exciting as the Chicago or Boston for me. I just remember walking into Chicago’s expo feeling completely overwhelmed and excited for all the free swag. But, this was also my first expo ever and the pure excitement of that is enough to overwhelm me!
“Naked” was handing out boxes of Coconut water, which I thought was a great idea to take a box of. On the otherhand, Dave knew I would probably get tired of lugging that box around all day. Of course, he was right. We stopped by the station to ask for a different shirt size for Dave, Dave was getting some flack from the volunteer. While they were talking a bit, I decided to be real slick and leave the box on the side of the table and walk away slowly. Success! On our walk to get the shirt, Dave was aggravated with the conversation he just had with the woman, but I told him, “I left the coconut water on her table.” He laughed, and we high fived.
Before dinner, I took another nap…I swear I must be a cat or something, I can pretty much can nap on command. Feeling re-energized, Dave and I went to Bar Ferdinand, a tapas restaurant.
The food was absolutely amazing! The last dish we got was a fried crab piece. The second you put it in your mouth, there were so many delicious flavors seeping into my taste buds. I also enjoyed a lavender lemonade beverage, which was delicious but not as delicious as Amber’s wedding concoction!
Following dinner, we went to a show called “Folk you Philly.” There were a couple of local bands and we really got to feel like we were a part of Philly.
On Saturday we slept in late (which means later than 8) and then hit the hotel gym. Dave had to run 2 miles and I wanted to get in a few more. I ended up doing 4 miles and felt really good for the last mile. Since Dave had already finished, I picked it up to a 8 pace so that we could hurry up and get our day going.
We had a late breakfast at the Corner Bakery and then headed to the Mutter museum. The museum was very interesting but made me realize why I am not I the medical field…I get a little queasy and am sensitive to the human parts and what not in there!
While wandering for some shops, we stopped into Pure Fare. I could tell Dave really wanted to try some local coffee shops, and this seemed like the perfect one! It was kind of “earthy/crunchy” as some may say. And I loved it. There was an iced coffee “NOLA” style, brewed strong with spices. Dave had initially asked for it black, but the person who worked there suggested he have some milk because the coffee was really strong. It WAS strong. But the flavors were so exciting! I had gotten a regular drip coffee, which also was very good, but I was secretly (ok-really publicly) jealous of Dave’s NOLA iced coffee!
I started to get a little dizzy and knew it was time to eat….POTBELLY! Dave had one out near his college and we really wish there was one in New England. I couldn’t pass up the chance to get the Italian with everything on it and a bottle of cream soda. What a wonderful late afternoon snack.
I’m pretty sure I napped again, and then we met up for dinner with some friends at La Viola. I got a delicious risotto with shrimp, mushroom and a light crème sauce. We got back to the hotel and Dave started prepping all his gear…figuring out which sports beans he wanted and getting his clothes ready.
Before we knew it, the alarm went of and Dave had to head to the start. I wished him luck and made my way to the 10k mark. I missed Dave at the 10k but was able to see all my girlfriends. I ran to the half point. I couldn’t miss him there because if I did it would be difficult to see him because of how the course was set up. I saw Dave run by, shouted and waved. He didn’t see me! I started running along side the course. I was trying to get in front of him and start flailing so he could see me. I kept getting to a point, jumping up and down and he didn’t see me. I sprinted more. I saw him turn. He was smiling. I ran alongside him some more and did weird dances or funny moves to try to get him to laugh more. He did. He told me afterwards, “I saw some weird person running fast on the sidelines. I was thinking, ‘Who is that foolish person trying to outrun me?!’” Then he laughed realizing-yup that’s my girlfriend!
I met up with my friend Diana who had finished the half. We ran a few miles together and then went to the finish to await our girls and Dave. We saw our girls finish at an amazing time of 3:37 and some change. They did AMAZING!!! Diana and I screamed our butts off for them! They have been working so hard to beat 3:40 and they did it! They are running Boston this year with me! I’m so excited for my girls!
Shortly after, I go a text that Dave had finished…whoops! I missed him!! I ran to the finish area to try to spot him. I did. He couldn’t hear me so I ran to the very end and waited for him to walk there. I saw him and ran over and gave him a huge hug and told him how proud I was of him. He had finished his FIRST marathon in 3:40 and some change!!! And guess what people…he wants MORE! I was a really bad blogger/spectator because I didn’t take many pictures of Dave. Being able to make him smile and laugh was more important to me than snapping a picture. Despite my failure to photograph his marathon, he said I was a really good cheerleader and congratulator! He felt like he won the race for how excited I was for him and I think that’s how you should always feel!
To celebrate his great accomplishment, we went back to the hotel, showered up and headed out for some food at Marathon…surprise surprise-there were a lot of other marathoners there.
I got a special ginger ale that had real ginger floating around there! Dave and I split a salad before he had a Philly cheesesteak and I had my chicken sandwich. The food was very filling and a great way to follow up a marathon.
Nothing too exciting after lunch, we headed off to the airport we went to end our fabulous marathon weekend.
Have you ever missed seeing a friend in a race?
I missed seeing Dave at Philly. But I didn’t feel too bad. He wasn’t able to see me at all for my first marathon! I ran Chicago and it was SO packed. He also thought I was wearing a different outfit than I was haha! Despite not seeing me, he did make an awesome sign for me!
Do you usually finish a race and start planning for your next one?