As you all know by now, instead of running the marathon today, I was a spectator. Or, rather, I was a cheerleader. I led the American Cancer Society’s cheer station just past mile 18 in Little Italy.

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While I was never actually a cheerleader, I was on the pom squad / dance team in high school, which is close enough. So … once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader … this time I had cowbells instead of pom poms. But I shook them with the same dedication.

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Elite women

Being on the north side of the street meant we were looking directly into the sun and it was hard to get a good pic. AND, I forgot to wer sunscreen and got a little bit of a burn.

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Pete is in the white shirt.

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Eric

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I GOT A FEVER. AND THE ONLY CURE IS … MORE COWBELL.

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El Esposo joined me. I kept babbling on and on about running this, and Rita Jeptoo that and Amy Hastings yadda yadda … I told him this is what it feels like to me when we watch football.

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My cousin came out to support her roomie, Agnes

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This would work very well for me

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American Sweatheart teammate Kate looking good at mile 18

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The Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy ran together.

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My cheer station cheering for the back of the pack. Our cheer station was basically me, my husband, and a group from Hansberry College Prep. They totally got a second wind once it looked like we had reached the back-of-the-pack runners, it was awesome!

Congratulations to all the marathoners, especially first timers Agnes, Meghan, my non-blogging friends Jessica (who I didn’t see, sad face) and Kate!

And even though I didn’t run today, my mentees and I raised a combined $25,853 for the fight against cancer! And my knee is kind of improving?