Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kids, Marathons and Martinis

THIS is where we are:

Santa Monica, California

THIS is why:

WHAT does this have to do with me?

WELL, my precious, 20-something, living in LA, baby girl ran her first marathon on Sunday!!! H and I had to be here to see it. It was amazing.

The course was planned beautifully, going mostly downhill (except for miles 20 to 23, which went UPHILL - OUCH!) and from hot weather to cooler down by the ocean.

The weather was perfect, slightly cloudy and the marathon finished in gorgeous Santa Monica, .2 miles from our hotel. That's where we watched for her, right outside our hotel.

That's the purple. I'm amazed she could still move her feet, much less WAVE at mile 26.

The only bad part was that it took over an hour to get through the crowds to the finish line to find her after it was all over. Oh and, boy, did MY knees hurt after standing for over 2 hours waiting for her.

So what does someone do after running a marathon? Eat about 5 of these:

When you've worked that hard to train to win one of these...

I guess you can pretty much eat whatever and however much you like.

We were so lucky to be able to see her accomplish something so incredible. Proud doesn't begin to cover it.

It definitely calls for a toast...or one of many. Let's start with this Lychee Martini from Buddha's Belly. To kids who accomplish things their parents can only dream of! Here's looking at you, kid!


Java Joggers said...

OMG... so very cool! Please tell her congrats from me. And remind her that she has awesome parents, too... I love that you went and watched her run her first marathon!!!

Sue said...

Thanks, JJ!!! I'll tell her what you said. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your daughter, that's a great accomplishment! And I agree, kudos to you and your husband for cheering her on in person.

Lychee drinks are fun! Cy and I invented a Lychee Manhattan for an Asian group dinner: three parts bourbon to one part lychee liquor, grate in some fresh ginger, shake with ice, strain and serve. It's almost too warm for bourbon here in DC, but I don't let it stop me.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Color me amazed. The only way I'll ever run 26 miles is if someone is chasing me! Congrats to her.

Emily said...

She is amazing! Congrats to your daughter! That's incredible. So incredible.

I hope you had a good time! Having a good time??

Sue said...

Thanks Tom,
That drink sounds sooo good. I LOVE Soho Lychee Liqueur.

The only way I could do 26 miles is in a car or a train...or a bus.

She IS amazing. Yup, it's gorgeous here.

Sheila said...

I'm with Rach - Only if something was chasing me and I HAD to. I tried to run last year... Didn't like it!

My sister in law on the other hand is amazing. She's 24 and won her 1st marathon in Las Vegas for the women ages 20-29.

I think that's so awesome your daughter had you guys cheering her on! Hope you're having a good time... Have you tried the lasagna verde yet???