My friend Patricia, who ran the LA Marathon with me back in 2011, met me along the course and ran from Westwood Bvld. to the VA. Was so happy to have the company. And the can of coconut water she brought for me.
The rest of the afternoon was not easy. When I crossed the finish line, I saw a woman passed out on the ground and leaning against another runner and being treated, I assume, for heat exhaustion. Then at the celebration area, a man was getting sick and another woman and I went and got a police officer to call for help.
I wasn’t feeling too great myself. After I shuffled to REI in Santa Monica to meet up with husband and kids, we went to Umami Burger. My husband brought a change of clothes but I couldn’t muster up the energy to change. Luckily I didn’t need to because we enjoyed a delightful lunch outside on the patio (thank you for the marathon discount). When I got home, I was so sore and was cramping up and down my legs. I had a couple of bananas, energy drinks with potassium, and a lot of water.
By about 8 p.m., I was much better. My son showed me the poster I missed as a I ran by. I love it, especially the Origami Yoda. It says, “Love you, we do.”