It was so weird, but also so exciting, to be on the spectator end of the race instead of running it. It was fun to watch everyone start off the race and to wait for my man to run by so I could cheer for him!
I sat inside the Starbucks in a big hotel lobby to read for several hours before heading to the finish line to watch him go by. There was a lot of energy from the crowd and runners, and a lot of hilarious signs!
I was so excited for him! It is not small feat to run 26.2 miles all by yourself, and there's not way I would have been able to do it if the roles had been reversed. He is awesome!
Richmond is a really, really pretty city, and we wanted to spend a little bit of time exploring it after the race! The fact that all the leaves were changing probably helped, but we were both really impressed by everything!
When we were searching for things to do in Richmond, we found out that there was a historic canal tour that runs through part of the city. We thought that would be a great choice for after the marathon because we'd both be able to sit down and rest our legs.
Thomas loved the history part of it, and I loved the sitting on a boat taking pictures part of it! ;)
We made friends with a really nice couple from Richmond, and they shared with us some of the ins and outs of the city and gave us recommendations. They told us we absolutely had to see Maymont, and I am so, so glad we did. We headed over there after an early mass on Sunday morning, and I was blown away by how gorgeous it was. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves!
This Japanese maple tree. Oh my goodness, I was absolutely speechless over it. Just gorgeous.
We had planned on seeing all kinds of other things during the day like Monument Avenue and some of the museums, but I just couldn't walk anymore, so we had to go home. I obviously wish I could have been running the race, but despite the weekend not being what we planned, we had a very good time and we really enjoyed the city! It's definitely a place worth visiting, especially in the fall!