Today was the extremely awesome Fargo Marathon!! For our family, that means two guys running the half marathon while the rest of us pack the camera (and this year, the umbrellas) and attempt to find them in the massive crowd.
When in a crowd that supports running as a sport or a life skill, it is easy to get caught up in the “Yes, everyone needs to be doing this” hoopla. I find myself all inspired to join in, but then I get home, eat a couple pieces of pizza, watch everyone post pictures on Facebook, and think to myself, “If it weren’t for us non-runners, who would take all the pictures to post?” and I settle in for a nap.
I did get up early this morning to be the best supporting mom/wife in the world. I am a pretty good mom/wife of a runner. Three days ago, the request was put in to pasta it up like crazy for them, and I went to my favorite ole stand-by, tried and true Basil and Tomato Pasta. It is what JP loves to eat for lunch before track meets and it is perfect because it doesn’t require refrigeration. This time, I was told I needed to use whole grain noodles because Bill is now taking a nutrition class and he learned about noodles. Apparently, whole wheat is not good enough. Ok. So I also bought whole grain linguine and made this awesome salad: Asian Noodle Salad. I thought it was awesome in every way, Bill ate it because it was “healthy” enough, and JP wouldn’t eat it. Whatever. He told me I should have stuck with spaghetti. Whatever.
Today brought an early rise and shine for us. The runners left the house at 6:00 and we left at 6:30. That is what the running paparazzi does. A photographer such as myself must find the perfect place to spot the two out of a bazillion. Last year, Bill wore purple and he was pretty easy to see. This year, I had to go by time. I am getting pretty good at that too – I found the pacer around where they were expecting to be, and located the two of them.
Of course, JP and his legs of youth were ahead of dad who trained for months. The most JP has run at one time since his last half marathon in October was around 5 miles. Sure as rain on a marathon morning, he was off for a nice 13.1 mile jog, soaking up the love from the spectators. There he was, just to the right of the guy wiping his nose with his shirt and left of the guy running in super short awesome dude running shorts. He rounded the corner, ran out of sight and we turned our attention to Bill.
A little harder to find this year because he wasn’t wearing his Barney (purple) running shirt, we looked high and low. But not for long – Bill didn’t look nearly as close to death as he has the other two half marathons he has run. Usually by mile 10, he pretty much looks, well, pained. NOT TODAY! He trained differently for this one…and it worked. We even got a nice wave as I told him that his son who had not trained was about 5 minutes ahead of him. At least he left his shirt on, unlike the guy to his right.
And he rounded the corner and disappeared, back into the abyss of runners, swallowed by mile 11.
And, because we had picked such a great vantage point, we got to see them run by again!!
It was a very successful day for all!! Running and photos to prove it! And ice. Seems the other knee wants to play mean…dang tendonitis.
I am very proud of my guys – one who worked super hard to set a PR by 14 minutes, and one who decided to run this race about a week ago and ran through some pretty crappy knee pain to beat his dad.
It may take a couple days for the elder to recuperate, he is downstairs studying more nutrition. Not JP – he is out mowing lawn and will take his Scout swim test at 3 o’clock. I might still be napping because all this taking pictures stuff wore me out. And I am famished – the calorie burn from my 2 miles walked and 3 hours standing has depleted me – I might need a DQ later. Tomorrow I might start training for my next event.