While I have run the Los Angeles Marathon two times, the past few years I have hung up my running shoes in favor of shorter races (aka races that I can walk down stairs after I run). However, just because I haven't run the marathon in two years, doesn't mean I don't like to go to the marathon. In fact, attending the marathon as a spectator is SO FREAKING INSPIRATIONAL...if you haven't been to cheer on marathon runners before then I suggest you find the closest marathon to your house and start making a sign now.
Before the race, I had a few friends over to what has quickly become a pre-marathon cheering tradition: waffles and mimosas. This year I added bacon to the menu because, well, it's bacon and it's delicious.
This year, I couldn't take the traditional "road mimosa" with me because I was going to meet a friend of mine and run the last 3 miles of the marathon with her! This year, the LA Marathon had an amazing app that allowed me to track her as she ran to make sure I was in position for when we were supposed to meet up.
G looked AMAZING when we met us at San Vicente and 19th. This woman does not look like she ran 23 miles.
It was so nice to be able to the return the favor of being someone's "Marathon Support". My first LA Marathon, my friend Betsy met me at mile 20 and ran the last six miles with me. I told her the same story about 6 times in a row and she just smiled and encouraged me. I would not have been able to finish that race without her. To be able to do that for someone else was amazing...and the cheers as I ran by didn't hurt either.
Congrats to G and all the other LA Marathon finishers who braved the 90 + degree heat! You are all champions!