Check out the size of the grapes 'round here! Sants pants loved them, I had cut them up and removed the seeds so he could enjoy them, but of course he was a goof and instead grabbed the biggest grapes he could find, bit into them, ate the seeds, and was content. We also ate pomegranate arils with apple, and later when we got hungry we enjoyed a tamal. We turned on the TV early in the AM to watch the runners take off, and Santi said, "papa!" when he saw the runners. So sweet.
All marathon photos are courtesy of my almost-sister-in-law, Cris, who joined my papa and the men during the race. She also ended up running (for the first time ever) about 15km (over 9 miles) and the majority of those kilometers were stairs since her main source of transportation was the metro. They were completely exhausted once they arrived home, as you can imagine, so please keep them in your prayers as they recover these next few days (or weeks!).
tv pic of the Angel in Mexico City:
Today for the first time (ever?!) our little peanut snuggled with me! He was full of love, smooching me, hugging me, patting my cheeks and rolling all over the bed. It was superb. Enjoy the low-quality but high-beauty photo from my cell phone's camera:
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Pablo's first marathon: he felt good, took a few walk breaks, but is excited to train for another one sometime next year. He did a fascinating trick of only having a fruit/nut bar before the race, then only water during the race, and a little Gatorade once he finished the race (which he regretted, it didn't sit well in his stomach) then he ate bread with jam.
Carlos' second marathon: also felt great until about mile 19, then suddenly his batteries completely went out. He tried to reach for his gel (a sugar/salt/carbs/everything a runner's exhausted muscles needs) and couldn't even grab it off his belt, let alone bring it up to his mouth to tear it with his teeth. From there, he walked until the finish line.
Edu's eighth marathon: he felt good, but the high altitude was heavy on him. He was planning on running this marathon on "all he had" well-knowing he was not going to break 3 hours, and taking it easy since he ran a marathon in April and July of this year. He finished at 3 hours 18 minutes. He stayed at the finish line waiting for Pablo and Carlos, which was a mistake because he didn't eat anything and the sun was powerful - he felt extremely dizzy and weak because of this.
Their thoughts: Pablo would love to run another marathon next year, and train a little harder. This past training season was hard because he had a lot of activities with church, work, etc. and it was hard to commit to each day's training. Carlos is also looking forward to running another marathon, but no more in Mexico City because of the high altitude, and he will avoid the hottest months for training. Maybe he will do one next July. Edu is still set on training for possibly April of next year for his third Boston Marathon - and agrees with Carlos in that no more Mexico City Marathons will be in his plans. Cris jokingly said tomorrow she will wake early to run another 15km so that her legs get used to it, "because that's how I'll become a runner" - she did not mention any serious desire to run any races in the future. Papi Humberto ran way too much, more than he should since he has severe Plantar fasciitis but will always run to cheer on his sons, no matter the distance, pace, or cost he will pay afterward.