November 12, 2012

Marathon Weekend in Richmond

I am thankful for all of the time I got to spend with sweet Thomas this weekend!  Despite the fact that both of us were hobbling around in pain, we were still able to make it a great weekend! Saturday morning was the marathon.


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!

Love,
Caitlin

18 comments:

  1. Caitlin...those photos are Beautiful! Oh my! Glad you two had fun! You remind me of Steve and I way back when. (Although we BOTH were spectators!) : )

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  2. Great pictures! I lived in Virginia for four years. It's beautiful country.

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  3. This pictures are magnificent! What kind of camera do you have??

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I have a Canon Rebel T2i from my inlaws. I love it!!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful and congrats to your hubby!! What marathon was this?

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    1. Thanks Megan! It was the Anthem one in Richmond - "America's Friendliest Marathon!"

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  5. I love these pictures! And he looks great after running a marathon haha! I looked awful after the half. I'm still so sorry for your knee and I hope you're recovering fast!
    I personally think the month after you graduate you and Thomas should run the Disney marathon with us ;)
    Just saying :D

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    1. I know, I look awful after running races too haha! Not fair!

      That would be SO much fun to run the Disney marathon! I really want to do that one someday, so maybe....... :)

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  6. Hi Caitlin. So nice to "meet you". I discovered your blog through Billie Jo.

    I am really feeling for you right now! I can't imagine the disappointment...and fear...you felt after your fall and waiting for those MRI results. Glad the injury wasn't worse than it was. Still...4-6 weeks is frustrating for those of us that are active/runners.

    I just underwent surgery myself for a plantar fasciitis injury. I've had chronic plantar fasciitis in my left foot for over 2 years...never a day w/o pain and the pain was no longer confined to just AM or PM. If I sat down after a run...I literally could not get up and walk. I hobbled.

    So, even though life is crazy busy with 3 super sweet kiddos and a hubby who works 24-hour shifts, I decided to take my orthopaedic doc's advice and have a gastrocnemius slide or calf-lengthening surgery performed. All is well...and I'm pain free...except for my calf muscle...but healing every day. I'm already off crutches and just now using the walking boot. Unfortunately, I have 6 more weeks of recuperation ahead of me for healing before I get the green light to resume running.

    My goal for 2013...my first 13.1 mile 1/2 marathon!

    Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    Blessings,
    Valerie

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    1. Wow that is a long time tobe in pain in your foot! I am so glad that you had a successful surgery and that you are not in pain anymore. That is really tough to be out of running for so long. However, that's so, so awesome that you are doing a half marathon in 2013!

      I look forward to getting to know you better as well! :)

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  7. Hi Caitlin,

    I enjoy reading your blog and wanted you to know I've nominated you for the Liebster award. --Check it out http://keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com for the details :) :)

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    1. Hi Melanie! Thank you so, so much! I already did this, but I appreciate it! :)

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  8. Caitlin, you are amazing wife for turning the situation around and focusing on your husband!! And the views that you saw were just beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us all :)

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