Xtreme13: Feather Weight Strong Man – Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, October 27, 2013 arrived; the alarm clock went off at 4AM. We weren’t ready so we hit snooze until it was 4:15AM. The alarm clock went off again and this time IT WAS SHOW TIME!!!

Today was the day my Babe was going to run his very first marathon. Now for those of you in the cheap seats (I am a former member) a marathon is a set distance; the exact distance of 26.2 miles. DAMN THAT’S A LOT.

We (shut up so what no I wasn’t running too) have been building up to this moment for a long time. He registered back in March and had been training ever since. During his training he never ran more than 13 miles. However he would frequently run from our home to our sons Martial Arts Studio which is about 6.5 miles from the house.

It became a game for family and friends to randomly spot him running around town. Hahahahaha I even got a couple of messages from my Facebook friends who had no idea he was training but would say they thought they saw him (insert a random place/street) running. Each time I would reply and say “Yup, that was him”. Lol

It was cold Sunday morning so the kids (Almost 2 year old & almost 9 year old) and I layered up so we would be warm. It was early, it was cold and it was dark.  We took the train to the Pentagon, from there you had to walk a mile to the start.

Excited, but hiding his nervousness

Comcast Sports Net was out there filming LIVE and they said it was 30,000+ runners participating.  They had a small opening ceremony and some former service members parachuted down with American flags, it was really cool.

On top of that they also had hand cyclist which was so inspiring. Some of them had no legs and yet they were out there enjoying life just the same. I was so hoping Dick & Rick Hoyt were there; if you don’t know who they take this time to get some knowledge. I watched a Real Sports story on them years ago and their story is amazing. I totally wanted to see them.

The cyclist

Fast forward to the start of the race, my Babe is all warmed up and he is ready to go. He has taken off his jacket, sweatshirt and sweat pants. He is ready for take-off in shorts, t-shirt, thermal shirt hat and gloves. He had on just enough to keep him warm but he could easily toss them when he got hot. *PAUSE* So it’s a thing that runners do (apparently, I had no idea) when it’s cold. They put on clothes they don’t mind tossing off while running. WHO KNEW! This was fascinating to me, what’s even better is someone goes out and collects the items the runners toss off as their bodies warm up and then they donate the clothes to the Homeless. GREAT IDEA!

In the pack with the serious face, getting ready for the start.
#FeatherWeightStrongMan

The Cannon went off and the cyclist started, then the cannon went off again and the runners were off. By now it was a little after 8AM and they are embarking on a 26.2 mile adventure around Virginia & Washington, DC. The kids made a sign for Dad, I mean this was his first marathon and his 35th Birthday so we had to make sure he felt the love. I decided we would metro hop around the city to try and catch him along the route. FUNNERS! So that is exactly what we did.

No matter what he is doing he always has 3 of his biggest fans cheering him on!

Our first stop was to Rosslyn, they were setting up the finisher’s festival down there. We went to Starbucks for a snack and hot chocolate. From there we took the train down to the Smithsonian. If I timed it right (I did, POW!) we would catch him between mile 17 & 18 down on the mall. While waiting the kids had their sign up, we screamed, shouted and rang cowbells while cheering on the other runners and cyclist. We made friends with some others who were also out there cheering and looking for their loved one. Folks made some very “colorful” and creative signs. “Go Random Stranger Go” was one of my favorite.

Nasir & Nori cheering for Dad!
After about 15 minutes out there I saw my Babe running towards us. SO EMOTIONAL (I didn’t cry, I’m no punk, okay I am a punk but I didn’t tear up.) I was extremely proud of him. The kids were ecstatic and our new friends joined us in yelling HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him as he ran by.
My Babe at mile 18!

After we saw him we packed up and ran to the other side of mall so we could catch him at Mile 19.


My Babe at mile 19!
We did just that, this time I handed him a Gatorade per his running request.
Hahahahaha He never stopped, he never walked, and he ran the entire 26.2 miles.

He did it, and we were there to greet him.
He said he legs felt like noodles, so he laid out here for 30 minutes. I was helping him put his clothes on to warm up. lol That is as far as I got with his pants. hahaha
I love this man like a fat kid loves cake. I’m so proud to share this moment with him. Even if he is so tired and worn out to smile.
After laying in the median for about 30 minutes we made our way to the Metro. He laid down every chance he got. He deserves it.
THE FINAL RESULTS ARE IN!
 
Total time: 3:30:28
Pace: 8:01/mile
Overall Place: 1458th
Place Gender: 1232th
Place Division (M 35-39): 217th

 

2 Comments on Xtreme13: Feather Weight Strong Man – Marine Corps Marathon

  1. MagnifiCuffs
    November 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Am I reading right that he was 1458 out of 30k runners?!?!

    Reply
  2. Mimicutelips
    December 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm (12 months ago)

    Yes, and this was only his FIRST TIME! He is half man half amazing.

    Reply

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