Zone 4 Prep
Ann Deschamps was the Zone 4 lead (with an assist from Molly Barrie), so everything was beautifully organized. Hand warmers, snacks, red tape for the marathon signs/blue tape for the half marathon signs - all details were accounted for! We were right by mile 7, where the half and the full split briefly from each other. We were also by live music and close to Therese's house (more on that later!)
|Ann reviews the course map with volunteers|
|It may be cold, but it's gorgeous compared to last year!|
(rain, snow, sleet, and hail were all present last year)
|Many of the Zone 4 volunteers, ready for duty!|
|Freddy staked out his spot by the "half" sign.|
The pavilion behind him is where the music was set up.
Waiting for Godot
Okay, we weren't really waiting for Godot. But watching for those first runners made for some anticipatory moments. We finally saw the blue lights of a police motorcycle, which was followed by the lead half marathoner. Volunteers directed the runners - full to the right, half to the left. Freddy and I watched for Rick.
|Team Semper Fi! The lead half marathoner.|
|Ann signals him to stay to the left|
|Mommy missed the high-five moment when Rick passed Freddy|
Freddy was impatiently waiting to go to Ms. Therese's house and have pancakes. (tangential thought - "Pancakes Are Impatient" is a cool song by my friends' band Soundzania). I promised him we could walk up there after daddy ran by. Molly walked there with us and showed us the bear with all of the race medals. Freddy explored the house ("Mommy, can we buy this house from Ms. Therese and move here?"), gave Olive the dog a rice cake treat, and proclaimed Mr. Eamonn the "best pancake-maker ever!" He wanted to stay there for the rest of the day. I was grateful for the warmth and hospitality, and enjoyed the heck out of my pancake with homemade raspberry jam.
|Freddy, the bear, and Molly, all cheering for the runners|
|Mr. Eamonn gives Freddy a rice cake for Olive|
|The bear even has running shoes!|
We headed back to our cheering spot and walked up to check out the music. We met Jory and Piano who did a great version of "Superstition". Freddy danced to the music and we also got to see the "Running Juggler" aka "Joggler" while we were there.
|Jory and Piano|
|Freddy grooving to Superstition|
We headed home after getting the text from Rick with his 1:58:56 finish time. This sets him up nicely to beat his 1:56:37 PR in two weeks on the Loudoun Half course, which is far less hilly. Congratulations, Rick! We are proud of you.