And then it was Sunday morning, I woke at 6am and I could feel the nervous energy in the air! The upper west side was already up and alive. I put the finishing touches on my poster, ran to get some treats at Trader Joe's, and Vee and I met up with Melissa, Jeff and Vicky to head to CP. We found some of Vicky's friends at the entrance and then walked around the great lawn to find out cheering spot in front of Cleopatra's Needle where Jen & Kimberly were already waiting with a giant bowl of candy & Gu for the runners. Our group got bigger as Jess, Jeff, Shannon, Stacy, and Seth joined us. We were in time to see the elites go by and I was out of control excited!!! We saw Mary when she was still in the lead, with Firehiwot and Buzu on her tail minutes before they passed her to win first & second place!
The race was insane! The crowd was thick, everyone was cheering and smiling and having an amazing time. There were kids watching the runners in awe. And then our friends started to go by and the day got even better. We saw Lam looking strong, Baker passed with his arms up in the air waving at us, we almost missed Susan but screamed her name like crazy when we saw her. My favorite marathoner G passed by, gave me a sweet signal and looked strong as he made his way south in the park. Next I saw this guy with the bloodiest nipples ever and started cracking up until I saw his face and realized it was my good friend Ronnie in town from Miami. I was so happy to see him and cheered and jumped up and down. Woohoo Ronnie! The runners kept coming and friends kept passing: Kevin, Maura H, Sharon, Matt, Steph, Linna, Sam G! The only thing almost as awesome as running a marathon is getting to cheer your friends on as they run theirs!
Of course, I took a gazillion pictures (a gazillion = 1,000+ in this case) and have edited & posted most in a slideshow for you to enjoy. I posted part 1 in yesterday's post and here's the rest. Like I said yesterday, if you spot yourself, please feel free to grab the picture and use for your own purposes but please credit me if you do (thanks in advance).