Growing a Critter

We’re growing him on the outside now

Marathon weekend October 31, 2007

Filed under: family,gear,running — crittermama @ 11:23 am

Sunday was the Marine Corps Marathon, and I’m proud to announce that Dave had a personal record (PR) of 3 hours and 40 minutes! It was his 4th MCM, and his second as a coach for our running club’s First Time Marathon program. His group also did very well, and we’re really proud of them. For me, it was VERY motivational to spectate at this year’s MCM – the Critter wore a t-shirt that said, “Daddy’s Running Partner.”

I kept telling everyone that he’d have a new one next year that said “Mama’s Running Partner.” I want to be one of the coaches/pace group leaders for the First Time Marathon program next year, and Dave is willing to step back his running so that I can do it. Whoo hoo! Now I’ve just got to get back in shape! (And we’ve got to get the BOB Revolution jogging stroller so that we no longer have to take turns running.)

We all got up around 4:45 AM to head down to the club’s hotel ballroom, where we got ready and chatted with friends from the FTM program. Here is Dave’s 9:20 pace group.

20 group

The Critter and I and several friends started our spectating at about 1.3 miles into the course, right outside the hotel. Perfect! It was a chilly day, with strong breezes. I’m really glad that I brought so much to cover up the Critter, or he would have been COLD. We saw the wheelchair race go by…

wheelchair race

…including a two-person team that I think was Team Hoyt.
Team Hoyt?

I didn’t get a picture of what must have been the bravest person in the field: a woman doing the race on two crutches and legs that appeared to wobble back and forth very dramatically. She came along behind the wheelchairs, and I saw her again on Key Bridge, keeping up a good rhythm as quickly as she could. Just amazing.

We walked across the Key Bridge (including a stroller carry over a barrier that I think will never be erased from my mind) and saw Dave pass by for the second time.

Go Dave Go!

As the runners made their way up MacArthur Blvd and down Canal, we headed for the Whitehurst Freeway. It was very cool to be up there, looking down on the Potomac, but a bit stressful as there was less room for spectating strollers! After seeing Dave again around the 9 mile mark, the Critter and I parted ways with our friends and headed for Crystal City, where we would have a little downtime before seeing Dave again. Thankfully, we had JUST enough time to do a couple of diaper changes and a couple of feeding sessions before Dave came by around Mile 22. He looked good, and was on track for a great finish. He said later that it really helped to see us there.

We got caught up in Metro backups heading back to the hotel – waiting for an elevator at Rosslyn took forever. But there was no sense in getting all stressed about it, so we were both fine. Dave actually made it back to the hotel before we did! He had a shower and got a massage, and looked great. Congratulations, Dave!

Triumphant Dad and Critter

In other news, I started back to work 2-3 days/week last week and it’s going well so far. Part time work is great! We just got into day care and we’ll start the first week of December. Any advice on how to introduce the Critter to the day care experience? Right now we’ve just started a neighborhood cooperative babysitting group, where we each provide care 2 afternoons/week and get “free time” 2 afternoons/week. Yesterday was the first time that neither Dave nor I was with the Critter for about 2 hours. He screamed for a while, and our friends managed remarkably well, as their own babies were there also. I think all of them cried simultaneously for a while – it was bound to happen!

Today is Halloween, and I’ve got to get to work if I’m going to finish our costumes in time. No, we’re not trick-or-treating (we’ll probably go to the grocery store instead – much more pressing of a need!), but if you’ve got a new baby, you’ve GOT to dress him up, right?!? Pictures soon!

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5 Responses to “Marathon weekend”

  1. alianora Says:

    Congratulations, Dave!

    The Critter looks so cute! Look! He DOES have eyes!

  2. Heather Says:

    Congratulations to Dave – I have no doubt you will be back out there yourself next year! Good for you getting back to work – hard to leave the critter I’m sure! We have a babysitting co-op in my neighborhood too – love it!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Way to go, Dave!!! And Natalya, I fully believe you will be able to get back in shape quickly and get on pace to be a coach for next year. It’s great to have that for your goal.

    And as always, the Critter is a love.

  4. Rob Says:

    Congrats to Dave!

    The little one is very cute! So excited to see him again soon.

    If you want to borrow our running stroller, please just let me know. We really can get by with our other one, and we’re never really trying for time around the lake…. We have one of the Jeep brand ones – it even has speakers and an Ipod jack!

  5. Horace Says:

    Congrats to Dave, though I’d also note that the NYC Marathon winner just had a baby in January–sounds to me like there’s plenty of time for Natalie to train for next year!


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