Emily just about ready to go VERY early
in the morning.
Spectating Boston is an awesome experience. I would not need to know any of the runners to have an awesome time. But knowing someone...........and having that someone be your daughter = AWESOME.
Some year when I am spectating it will be warm. At least bearable. But the first several hours were COLD! Of course what the spectators want and what the runners want are very different things weather wise.
First we got our spots and stayed there with only one person leaving at a time for a break to get warm or use the clean bathroom in the Prudential Center. As soon as someone left the other two would do the "wide stance" to save the spot. Don't call us amateur spectators. We had a system and it was a good one.
We rocked as spectators!
Once the first three amazingly fast wheelchairs came through it started moving quickly. Before we knew it the women were coming. Is that.........Kara Goucher? YES! I thought I had missed my hero, Joan Benoit Samuelson, when I saw a motorcycle escort coming and there she was! I screamed and screamed and screamed some more! She is so inspiring! I found out later when I read about her that her daughter was running her first Boston marathon. Very cool.
Can't see them but we are sporting cowbell blisters!
The men were coming now also and soon enough it wasn't just the elites. It is always fun to see the costumes although we didn't see too many. I watched one news clip and we missed some pretty funny ones.
If you really want to be screamed for and cheered at stumble, walk, look injured and like you might not make it at the end. Because the crowd goes wild. I think the love from the crowd helped many a marathoner to the finish yesterday. It was heart warming, heart breaking and just plain inspiring to watch and be a part of.
I really really enjoy seeing the "slower" runners farther back in the marathon but Em came in and we raced off to see her.
Here she comes - black shirt/pink shorts.
On her way to the finish!
She did an awesome job! She improved her Boston Marathon time by about 9 minutes and had her second fastest marathon ever. Jameson spotted her from afar (it is great having a tall son/brother) and we were able to wildly cheer for her.
Emily, her supporters and all her stuff!
Now she can wear the jacket!
And it looks GREAT!