As I mentioned last week, two weekends ago we visited Savannah for the first time. David had been training for months to run his second marathon with our friend Jonathan, so our two families decided to stay together to turn the marathon trip into a mini getaway! Jonathan and Judith’s children are older than ours, so they just had their youngest son, Isaac, (who is 13) with them on this trip. I felt a little bad for him because my boys were clamoring for his attention, but he was so patient and kind with them! Our friends had already been to Savannah before and stayed on Tybee Island, so we did the same. It worked out really well. It’s an easy drive into Savannah from the island and takes 30 minutes at the most. It is so scenic, and downtown Savannah is quaint and beautiful. I can’t get over the TREES! All of that moss hanging from the twisting oak branches is stunning. As soon as we arrived in Savannah, we went to the race expo so David could pick up his running bib.
It was the Rock n Roll Marathon, so Henry loved seeing guitars everywhere!!
Then we met our friends for lunch and a stroll through Savannah.
This is Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savannah. I heard it’s standard Southern fare, but I liked the worn brick exterior!
The city is filled with small, pedestrian squares with seating areas and monuments in each one. And more of those gorgeous trees! It’s definitely a pedestrian friendly city. I was surprised by how few traffic lights we came across, but most of the drivers showed Southern hospitality and graciously stopped for pedestrians. (How many times can I use the word “pedestrian” in a paragraph? 🙂 )
Henry was sweeping the ground with a tree branch.
And sweeping all of the benches. There must be a way I can capitalize on that in our house!
Forsyth Park is right in the middle of Savannah and was really pretty. It contains a fountain that is famous for being featured in the film, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Have you ever seen that? Do you recognize the fountain? I’ve never seen the movie, but would like to now, if it’s set in Savannah!
After our walk and time in the park, we headed to our holiday house on Tybee Island and ate a big dinner! I participated in a lot of carb-loading, despite the fact that I wasn’t running. I liken it to husbands gaining sympathy weight during their wife’s pregnancy. It’s like my duty as a wife, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself!
Saturday was RACE DAY! It was really cold in the morning! I’m still getting used to Southern fall weather, which can be frigid in the morning and t-shirt weather in the afternoon. The first marathon David ran was the New York City marathon, which was MUCH more crowded and stressful for spectators. However, I went with just my sister so we were able to dash around and hop on Subways to watch David at a few different spots. Because of the layout of the course in Savannah, plus the fact that we had three young children with us, we just cheered for the guys right around 8 1/2 miles and then at the finish line.
They were looking great at this point! We didn’t find out until later that David had hurt his calf somehow around three miles in and seriously thought he might not finish the race. I am so thankful for Jonathan, who stayed with him and prayed with him, despite the face that David kept telling him to keep going without him. They stuck together the entire race and crossed the finish line together.
Our friend Shane was also running in the race and it was fun to see him and cheer him on too!
The kids worked on these posters to encourage our runners, but we realized that we didn’t have one for Shane! So Isaac had the idea to add a little addendum to the poster on the left. Can you see it?
Shane loved it! 🙂
You may be wondering what we did with the kids for the long period of time between mile 8 and mile 26. We strolled over to Forsyth Park, where the race was ending, and played in the playground! On the way we stopped to see the Candler Oak tree next to the park, which is estimated to be about 300 years old.
Henry’s trying for peace signs. He got one and a half!
They had live music and some other fun things set up after the race, but we just headed back to our cars, after taking a few pictures, of course!
We took a few family group pictures (like you do when you have kids) – and I just had to put up the progression of Henry’s facial expressions. I couldn’t stop laughing!
Haha! I don’t even know where that bottom expression came from!
Ok, that’s enough for today! I’ll put up the rest of the pictures soon!