No News Isn't Always Good News

>> Monday, November 22, 2010

The weather was perfect. The participants were enthusiastic. The finish times were speedy. This weekend's trek to Philadelphia for the marathon was definitely fun. And pretty difficult. For both of us, actually. Of course, I couldn't run (though I did get a moment of "what-if" on Saturday and considered running the half . . . and then quickly talked myself out of such a foolish idea). And Stephen's race didn't go exactly as he had planned. But I'll let him tell you about that later in the week.

For now, some photos:

We drove down Friday night so we could be there in time to see my friend Meg (you remember Meg, right?) finish the 8K on Saturday morning. It was Meg's first race . . . and she did an amazing time, finishing in around 50 minutes (OK. That's an AWESOME first race time!).

Congrats, Meg!

After we visited for a bit, Stephen and I headed back to his brother's apartment (he lives near Rittenhouse Square -- ALSO dangerously close to Lululemon). Along the way, I snapped some fun shots of the downtown scenery.

At Logan Square/Circle:

From the tops of buildings:

Of family:

We shopped. We ate. We enjoyed being away from home. We were merry. And then Sunday, Stephen suited up and ran the marathon. I did a lot of standing around. Watching. Photo-taking. I think the hardest part of the weekend and no running was the expo, actually. All the "good lucks" and "have a great times" really got to me after a while.

UGH. More on what it was like to be a spectator later.

I have a TON of other photos, many of which are from the marathon, that I'll post sometime soon. For now, a quick knee update: No news isn't exactly good news to me. I seem to have stumped the ortho doctor, and didn't get any sort of diagnosis for my problem this morning. I have a physical therapy appointment on Wednesday, so I'm hoping that'll shed some light on my issue.

Which, by the way, isn't any better. I did learn that it isn't ITBS. It isn't my kneecap tracking strangely. It isn't a stress fracture or other bone issue. Still, I can run at max a 5K right now. And even THAT is with some pain. No pain while walking. No pain while aqua jogging or cycling. So, I'm off to do a bit of that now. Very frustrating.

What'd YOU do this weekend? Also -- to Stephen (not my Stephen, another one who ran Philly): THANK YOU for encouraging Stephen along the route yesterday! He'll give you a more proper shout-out in his recap. But it meant a lot to him!

Anyway, we'd love to know what you've all been up to. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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