We have Honored Heroes on Team in Training – we wear their names on our singlets, dedicate our runs to them every week, and it is with them in mind that we get out there every Saturday.
There are also, however, the Unsung Heroes. These folks are the only way I would actually physically get out there every Saturday. So, as much as a blog post can be a thank you, consider this one a thank you to the following awesome, awesome people:
Ever since kickoff in November, our TEAM-mate Tim has driven Anna, me, or the both of us to Wellesley on Saturdays. This means he has, at various times: waited patiently while we (having overslept our alarm) scrambled around frantically putting pants on inside-out; patiently refused to eat the leftover pizza I’d dropped on the floor and then brought him as a…birthday present?; listened patiently to every detail of our lives from medical procedures to blow-drying instructions; and rolled his eyes patiently when I insisted on scanning the radio for Taylor Swift for a solid 45 minutes. (In addition to being an all-around awesome dude, Tim is a patient man.) Thank you, Tim!
Kelly, Joe, and Caroline
Kelly is one of our two coaches (Sarad was, I believe, doubling back for the fifteenth time to make sure no one was still out on the course at the time of this photo) and has answered more questions about bowel movements and clothing choices from grown adults than any one human being should ever have to. Thank you, Kelly! (And are you SURE long-sleeves are the best option for me on Marathon Monday?)
Joe is one of our volunteer captains, and thus responsible for the stocking and manning of every water stop all season. If you’ve ever seen a TNT water stop (laden with at least 10 kinds of snacks and Gatorade warmed to a freeze-resistant temp), you know this is no easy task. Thank you, Joe!
Caroline is our team coordinator. Although her primary responsibility is probably trying to get me to fill out an important form in a timely fashion (one day, Caroline, one day soon!), she does EVERYTHING. She gets our singlets, our registrations, our post-marathon hotel rooms, and our free post-marathon massages. Thank you, Caroline!
The Maugus Staff
The Maugus Restaurant is almost directly across from the TNT starting point at the Wellesley Community Center, and thus sees a LOOOOOT of post-run traffic. They graciously move tables around to accommodate the spandexed herds, refill coffee with lightning speed, and make a mean Greek salad/turkey club with sweet potato fries/hot chocolate/oatmeal (and there you have our table’s standard order every Saturday). Thank you, Maugus!
The Maugus Sweet Potato Fries
Did I mention the sweet potato fries? Thanks again to Tim for letting me steal one off his plate every Saturday.