ran the Barcelona Marathon today.
He didn't shave his head and he didn't hurt himself in any permanent kind of way, and he finished with a respectable time.
I am quite happy myself and he seems reasonably content in a travelling ache/pain kind of way......
We watched lots and lots of people go by, over and over and over again, as we jumped on and off the subway over and over to cheer them on.
We never once saw the man without him seeing us first and calling out to us.
It was actually quite a lot of fun cheering people on, it was actually quite great because they had people's names printed in large letters on their numbers so you could cheer them on by name.....great fun!
We did get up WAY too early for a Sunday morning, and though I didn't run 42.195 kilometers I did stand and run and jump with a heavy knapsack for seven hours and it was cold.... it is time for a shower and a nap.....
We were calling the front runners the Kenyans out of definition, and then I checked the race results. They were Kenyans, with a couple of 'others' tucked in. They were a whole different race, they just happened to be on the same course, these guys were F.A.S.T. The world record, from 2008 (according to Wiki) is 2:03:59. The winner here today ran in 2:07:something fast. These boys were MOVING!
and here...no fancy 100 Euro shirts or 65 Euro leg squeezing socks. Runners, regular socks, loose shorts and a singlet.
then the carnage at the finish:
Hats off ladies and gents....hats off.