I managed to convince Ian (Katie‘s husband and Jeremy’s old roommate) to register for the Philadelphia Marathon with me. I wanted to have a friend that (1) hadn’t run a marathon before and (2) wasn’t some sort of all-star runner (no offense, Ian) sign up with me so that I would get that push that I needed to actually register.
Jeremy told me yesterday that aside from Katie coming to cheer Ian on for his first marathon, his parents are going to Philly AND Katie’s brother and new wife are also going to come for the big event. That’s quite a support system and cheer squad.
I’ve got Jeremy. I’m not complaining. I don’t imagine it would be fun for anyone to sit around for 4-5 hours not watching me the whole time in the chilly weather.
Jeremy asked if his parents would be interested in coming to Philly. Their response?
“Philadelphia in November? No thanks.“
I had to laugh because that is totally MY mentality.
I told my mom about the marathon and she asked if I wanted her to attend. I warned her that it would probably take between 4-5 hours for me to finish. Her response?
“Ugh! No way. I can’t sit around for that long. I can’t even sit at a slot machine longer than 5 minutes.“
I love you too, Mom.
The only person I expect to cheer me on is Jeremy. I also expect him to make a giant sign and to sprinkle me with confetti after I cross the finish line.
However, if any of my friends are reading this and they’d like to come to Philadelphia for the weekend (Nov 21-22) – come on up (or down, depending on where you live). Just come armed with a giant sign cheering me on.
**Update** Thanks to reader, Becky – I looked up tracking runners in the Philly race. It looks like they offer something called F.U.N. Runner Tracking where people can view split times and finish times for their “favorite” (ahem – ME) runners.