|The view from our 14th St. hotel room the night before the race.|
|Judging by race morning hair, I'd say chance of rain, 100 percent.|
|In order to be "smarta," we took MARTA. The joke lost it's luster when we saw the crowd.|
|Yep - What you can't see are my children giving me that "Mom, you said to go before we left" look.|
The porta-potty line was so long that the crowd actually cheered when a husband went into one with his wife in order to save time. It was around this point that I realized, despite the fact that we'd stayed in town, we would not be making our wave assignment. Regardless of that and a little drizzle, our enthusiasm was not dampened.
|Here we are a mere five letters back from where we should have started.|
My daughter and my friend took off with the runners, while my son and his friends walked in the right hand lane with me. It took some time, but we finally past this guy:
|"92 and still here. Damn, I'm good."|
Meanwhile, our cheerleaders (my husband and friend, also known as "The Two Bobs"), somehow found themselves invited to a VIP tent where they were being served hot wings and beverages.
|We were later told that looking for us in the crowd of 60,000 made them dizzy - awwwww ....|
Even though the temperature was a balmy 70 degrees, we took advantage of the water offered along the way, especially the holy water. Yes, holy water. A priest even sprinkled some on us and blessed as we ran by. My son declared he'd now been baptized three times.
|Thanks be to God.|
Somewhere around the three mile mark, our cheerleaders texted that my daughter and friend had just crossed the 5-mile mark. Oh, yeah, and they had to pee - the cheerleaders, I mean.
|Husband trying to look pitiful in the VIP booth.|
I have yet to purchase the best photo of the race, and it's of my exhilarated son fist pumping and jumping up and down for the camera. I later asked why he was so happy, and he said, "Because I thought it was the finish line."
We eventually did cross and got our coveted t-shirt.
|The black color has grown on me.|
|Photo of the Freedom tower captured during our recent New York trip.|