Richmond Marathon

A year ago I accompanied the fam (less Nate) to the humble capital of our fair state to cheer them on as they ran the Anthem Richmond Marathon. That is to say, as Momma Bear attempted her first full marathon, Dad powered through his second half-marathon, and Ryan blew them both away in his second half-marathon for which he’d neither trained nor registered. It was a fun experience, and we were especially proud of Mom as she finished in ~3:45– a Boston qualifying time! (See you there in April?)
i don't train or register for racesthis is the worst parade evermj's going all the way

This year Nate and I were both able to make it out to show our support (because it’s way too laughable that either of us would ever actually run the damn thing, right?), as were our dear friends Bill, Nancy, and Katy Burns (none of whom make an appearance in this post, regrettably! Esp considering that Katy is the ultimate running buddy and ended up putting in nearly a half-marathon herself as she accompanied my parents through vital stages of their respective runs).

This year, ol’ Pops decided to get in on the full marathon action himself, despite a fairly limited training regimen that included a long run of only 14 miles. (He only-sort-of-not-really-at-all joked he was shooting for a 5 hour finishing time. Spoiler alert: he beat this, and was even getting pretty jiggy with it [to “Gettin Jiggy With It”] as he passed his crew of cheerleaders at the 24.5 mile marker. My greatest regret of the day– nay, week!– is that I didn’t actually hit “record” when trying to film him doing so.)

This year, the weather was better, the last of our famous Virginia fall foliage was looking just as pretty as ever, I brought a decent camera (that ended up dying, of course, so yeah… iPhone photos make appearances as well), and I had just enough time before this pregame I’m hosting to put this post together, so here we are.richmond marathon1 richmond marathon2 richmond parking sign richmond marathon3

i know i IG'd this last year, but is this mural not to die for? so glad she's still around. read up on her here: http://koikoikoi.com/2013/07/etam-cru-new-amazing-mural-in-richmond/

i know i IG’d this last year, but is this mural not to die for? so glad she’s still around. read up on her here: http://koikoikoi.com/2013/07/etam-cru-new-amazing-mural-in-richmond/

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LOLZ THIS PLAQUE SAYS ‘ERECTED’

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go places. do things.

ryan gif

oh right, ryan made the 11th hour decision to run the half again.

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hard to read but the mural reads, 'go for it all'

hard to tell but the mural reads, ‘go for it all’

ain't care

#rva

fall foliage leaves on cars go faster i farted

truth be told this photo exists because i thought that baby pushing the stroller that was bigger than him was funny

truth be told this photo exists because i thought that baby pushing the stroller that was bigger than him was funny

hadn't found mom at this point

hadn’t found mom at this point

so proud of these guys! dad did his in around 4:30 and mom PR'd with 3:42. way to go!!!

so proud of these guys! dad did his in around 4:30 and mom PR’d with 3:42. way to go!!!

totally irrelevant, but how cute is this guy?

totally irrelevant, but how cute is this guy?

Joakim Noah’s Ark

Not to have a dramatic shift in tone (because you’ve all obviously been just waiting in suspense since August…), but what may have been my favorite Halloween just passed and a friend got married and I had some college besties in town and I have some free time on my hands tonight and I guess all those things a blog post make…

First I wanted to be Marge Simpson. I’ve been cultivating quite the mane and am not sure how much longer that will be the case and it seemed opportune. But then I remembered said wedding and going blue, permanently or temporarily, the night before seemed like a questionable decision. At some point in time, after my brother mentioned that Joakim Noah was the ugliest basketball player, my mom observed that my aforementioned mane actually sort of resembled Noah’s infamous… well, I hate to be repetitive, but “mane” might better suit him. (Spoiler alert: that’s not the last of the manes in this post.)

To quote one of said college besties: “The greatest travesty would be if you didn’t go as Joakim Noah.”

So the decision made itself, right? Then we realized there were biblical connections and next thing I knew I was having this text exchange:

animal names

Fair question (on his part), but stick with me. I think Christin got the ball rolling with Larry Bird and it went from there. We got to brainstorming and after numerous other text/email exchanges we had our Ark.

barracuda

Emilie arrived on Thursday night and we did some last minute Michaels shopping. Christin got in while I was at work so she and Em got a head start while brainstorming some eleventh-hour additions.

progressAnd then when I got off it was all hands on deck (almost literally!!!) to finish our costumes and build an ark before the great flood Caleb’s rehearsal dinner, which was a real lovely affair (and reunion of sorts).

2009-2014

2009-2014

Then it was go time. The night’s festivities included an impromptu pregame at my place when S&P friends showed up and then a stroll to my the party at my brother’s, not without our ark full of candy (an historically accurate detail, I believe) of course.

kevin durantelopes/joakim noahs/larry birds of a feather

kevin durantelopes/joakim noahs/larry birds of a feather

complete with ark

complete with ark

they came two by two, right?

they came two by two, right?

i even ran into a pair of malcolm frogdons at the party.

i even ran into a pair of malcolm frogdons at the party.

larry taking control of the ark for the journey home

larry taking control of the ark for the journey home

And in case you weren’t able to identify all of our ark passengers, I’ve put together this handy guide:

carmelo ANThony

carmelo ANThony

chris bosh the dinosaur (but apparently not the right dinosaur. it's a little-known fact that certain dinosaurs were also on the ark)

chris bosh the dinosaur (but apparently not the right dinosaur. it’s a little-known fact that certain dinosaurs were also on the ark)

kobee bryant

kobee bryant

christin's counterpart

kevin durantelope: christin’s counterpart

double cavalier pride!

joe hare-is: double cavalier pride!

kris humphries

kris HUMPhries

swam alongside the ark

kareem abdul jabarracuda; swam alongside the ark

don't want none.

lebronaconda don’t want none.

mike-bull jordan

mike-bull jordan

the last of the manes

jeremy lion (i said there’d be more manes!)

with seal the seal (cannot take photoshop credit for seal the seal)

shaquille o’seal with seal the seal (cannot take photoshop credit for seal the seal)

lamarlin odom: accompanied kareem

lamarlin odom: accompanied kareem

chris pauler bear

chris pauler bear

we had so many ideas for singletary and he didn't even make it on the ark somehow...

sean flamingotary (we had so many ideas for singletary and he didn’t even make it on the ark somehow…)

sean singleterrier

sean singleterrier

prawn singletary

prawn singletary

And we had some names that didn’t even get Photoshopped: Kevin Dove, London Purrantes, Justin Pantherson, Dennis Codman…

Also I learned that Joakim Noah’s charity is called… Well. You guessed it.

[Sidenote:] Admittedly after Halloween, I mentioned to Marlon that if we got a dog we could name it Kanye, and got pretty excited at the idea of Ollie running around town with Kanye West Highland Terrier.

ollie and kanye west highland terrier

Oh and let’s not forget– Caleb and Amanda had a really gorgeous wedding at the Clifton Inn. So happy for #teampeppers :).

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