Happy Tuesday! It really feels like Monday, since I had the day off to celebrate one of the greatest athletic events of the year/the greatest events in Boston…Marathon Monday!
The marathon is SUCH a big event. The race usually attracts around 500,000 spectators a year, and this year a group of us joined this number to get in on the festivities. We did it last year, and I’m sure there will be many, many Marathon Mondays in the future.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
No race is complete without the proper fuel. So, being the dedicated and determined spectators that we are, we woke up extra early (hello 7:45 am) and had a group pot luck breakfast together.
There was a cheese & fruit plate:
And the cheddar-scallion scones I made. Nothin’ like carbo-loading!
After we were sufficiently stuffed, (give or take a mimosa), we headed out to spectate and cheer on all the runners!
It was 11 am…and we were waiting outside of the Publick House for a beer to start things off right. That’s ok, right? I had a wheat beer of some kind and then we headed over to start cheering when we saw the first wave of wheelchair and handcycles come through!
Then, after awhile, we started to see some runners!
That would be Kara Goucher. She finished in 5th. Oh yeah, and she had a baby in January. Crazy.
Seriously, I wish I could just fly all of you and all of my friends and family to come celebrate the marathon. It’s the MOST inspiring event ever! I’m not gonna lie, I always feel like I should be doing something more with my life when I see people running this…especially if they’re getting up there in age, or if they’re pregnant…or just anyone. My mind can not even fathom 26.2 miles, but I love supporting everyone.
Cheering for everyone was the greatest feeling ever (far away from the feeling of actually running it, I’m sure), but it was awesome to give people that extra “oomph!” There were people with names on their shirts, who all seemed to love when we said, “GO JOHNNNNN!!!!! YOU CAN DO ITT!!!!” etc. Seeing them smile through all that pain was awesome. Plus, one favorite bloggie of mine, Corey, ran the marathon this year. We all screamed like crazy when she passed us, but I don’t think she could hear us since she was on the other side, and I only got a picture of her leg. But, if you haven’t read her post about her marathon experience, you definitely should. It’s amazing.
Have you ever felt inspired after running/watching a race? Or even any athletic event!