October 31, 2004

Marine Corps Cheerathon

Madeleine and I just got home from cheering on our friends, Rachel, Jesse, and Casey, who ran the Marine Corps Marathon today.

Madeleine and I had the pleasure of tagging along with other friends and relations in a mini-marathon of our own, walking up and down escalators at five different metro stations, and walking from Rosslyn, through Georgetown, down Connecticut Avenue (around the White House), past the Washington Monument, and then down to some hair-pin turn past the U.S. Mint. Then we marched back up the hill to the Smithsonian metro stop, caught one of the rare trains back to Rosslyn and walked down to the Iwo Jima memorial for the finish. It was a lot of walking, but we were able to catch glimpses of our heroes four times along the route.

I've been to a few 5Ks and other races, but this was my first time spectating at a marathon, and it was an interesting experience. I didn't know, for example, that so many people write their names on their shirts so people can shout out personalized encouragement. That was nice. I also learned that it's possible to run 26.2 miles dressed head-to-toe in a Kermit the Frog costume. And there was also a cautionary tale for guys: Wear those little bandaids -- it ain't pretty when you don't.

Posted October 31, 2004 5:31 PM

Ouch! Not pretty at all!

I'm training for a marathon as well and I'd heard the band-aid rumor. I'm now a believer.

Posted by: Aaron O. at November 1, 2004 10:26 AM

Dave -

Thanks *so* much for being there for us. You don't know how great it was to have people cheering for you and following you along the way.

I can't wait for your marathon in a few weeks!! You're going to do great!

Posted by: Rachel at November 1, 2004 12:50 PM

If we are to believe the postmortems on Tuesday, the Bush regime was able to mobilize "the base" on the issue of "moral values". You and John Edwards are right in saying that there are two Americas. There are those who value education, science and reason to live their lives. There are also those "born again" types who made the difference in the election. We can look forward to 4 years of Orwelllian thought control, censorship, military adventurism, gay bashing, abortion rights denied, and "Christian values" rammed down our throat. All hail our "faith based" presidency.
From a friend of mine

Posted by: Tom B. at November 4, 2004 2:26 PM