Rainy Day Marathon

by Mollie

Last weekend we went down to LA to cheer on my sister Jamie as she ran the LA Marathon!  Southern California was experiencing it’s Storm of the Year, which made things extra adventurous.  Andy declared our drive through Newbury Park/Thousand Oaks as the second worst weather he’d ever driven in, after a giant thunderstorm on our first drive to Texas.

There are many awesome Los Angeles landmarks on the course, which runs from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier.  I had decided that we should set up our little cheering section in Beverly Hills, based on cleanliness, good parking, window shopping and availability of Starbucks.  It started pouring and soaking the kids as soon as we got out of the parking structure, so we had to head back to the car to re-evaluate our setup.  We rigged an umbrella over the stroller, which helped a lot.  The kids were just happy to be along for the ride, as you can see.

One of the best parts of marathons is the spectators and the fun signs they hold.  My mom makes really good ones so I had to try my best to keep up.

We parked ourselves right in the middle of Rodeo Drive, between miles 16 and 17.  When the rain got harder, we could back up and hide in front of one of the shops!   Thankfully Jamie was texting me along the way so we knew when she was getting closer.

There she is in her rain poncho!  She was having a great time despite the weather.  She said she felt great the whole way, which is awesome.  I felt like that in my Long Beach Marathon.

Sadly I didn’t get pictures at the finish line.  We sped over to Santa Monica but the rain was pounding down, it was freezing cold, and the wind was so strong that it was turning all the umbrellas inside out!  I sent Andy and the kids back to the car and was not about to take my camera out either!  Jamie I did get a picture of you in front of Anthropologie, but I didn’t know if you’d want it posted on the Internet because you looked kind of like you had almost drowned (same as everyone else!).  But anyway… Jamie got her PR of 4:54 on this, her 3rd marathon.  Way to go Jamie!

6 Responses to “Rainy Day Marathon”

  1. Aunt Jamie says:

    Thanks for being my cheering squad!

  2. Gramma Julie says:

    Great pictures and story Mollie! Jamie, you look like the happiest marathon runner! And Natalie is so proud of her auntie, so are we! Way to go girls–and boys, too.

  3. Mom says:

    Good stuff! Love the signs. Way to go Jaime.

  4. Bethany says:

    So glad you got pictures of this! I can’t imagine running in that rain. I was sick in bed that day and just thinking about her and praying for her and thunder rolled over my house and the rain poured down!
    The signs are super cute. I don’t think your mom has a single untalented child!
    ♥ Bethany


  5. Jennifer says:

    Those pictures are great! What a day for a marathon! Way to go!

  6. Hannah says:

    I was thinking of Jamie all day Sunday!! She looked great! Wow, that was crazy rain for So Cal!

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