5 Lessons from Spectating a Marathon

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Last Sunday, I spectated the Baystate Marathon.

The marathon I was supposed to be running.

I have never spectated a marathon before. Or any long distance race for that matter. I’ve watched a couple of 5k’s. That’s it.

I’ve always been the runner.

Being on the other side of the road, I got to see a lot more. When I’m running, I usually have blinders on. I’m in my own space. I don’t notice the faces of the other runners as they push their aching bodies towards the finish line.

I’m in my pain cave.

As a spectator, I saw pain, grimaces with each step and tears. But I also saw smiles, joy and relief of knowing they did it!

5 Lessons Learned from Spectating a Marathon

1. Race day outfit matters! Don’t wear an old ratty, stained shirt. There will be pictures after all. You worked your ass off to make it to the finish line and most likely you’re going to look like hell. You owe yourself to at least look like a little effort went into your attire.

2. Cold weather + singlets = bloody nipples. I have never seen more bloody nipples in my life. And it wasn’t just a little bit of blood soaked shirts. It was a lot. And they were all on males. I was in agony just looking at those poor guys. I’m sure they learned their lesson – band aid up boys!

3. Runner’s won’t stop, can’t stop for anything. Kailey and I almost missed seeing Mariette running into the finisher’s chute because of a woman that had blood running down her leg. We couldn’t help but stare as she trudged by us. I’m not sure exactly what it was from but I’m guessing her shorts were rubbing on her inner thigh the whole 26.2 miles. There was a large chunk of raw skin in that area. At least it was cold enough that maybe she was numb?

4. Some people make it look so easy. You gotta love the guy or girl who comes trucking into the finisher’s chute at a blazing speed with what looks like little effort and absolutely no sweat on them at all. Seriously, how do you do it?

5. Marathons are freakin’ hard! It’s easy to forget that running 26.2 miles is not something that can be done by everyone when you see the smiling race reports coming through your social media feeds. It takes endurance. It takes heart. It takes guts. No matter how well your training went, it still is going to be hard work to make it through those miles. It’s kind of like childbirth – you swear you are never going to do it again but then you forget about all the pain and agony in a month or so. And then you sign up for another.

Have you spectated a marathon? What did you learn?

Back to My Yoga Mat

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Having time off from running has made me realize two things:

1. I’m really crabby when I don’t run.

2. My body needs more yoga. Again.

At one time I really was focused on becoming a yoga teacher. It’s still part of my long- term goals, but it just isn’t feasible right now with work, child care and well, life in general. It takes a lot of time. And rightfully so since it entails a lot!

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Somewhere along the way this year, I lost my yoga practice. I’ll do yoga at home, but I love it best in a studio with others. The vibe is different. My practice has more meaning and intention.

So when my Achilles started to hurt and then my lower back, I knew it was time to get back to my yoga mat. If I want to run high mileage, yoga needs to be a part of my weekly routine. And if I really wanted to do it well, it meant going to a yoga studio.

What better motivator to do more yoga than cute yoga clothes?

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Target® C9 has it all, no matter what your activity. From yoga, running, Barre, Pilates or hitting the weights, you can expect quality clothes at a great price. That really means you can buy more!

I’m absolutely loving the printed legging trend right now. The paisley print lets me get a little bit funky without screaming LOOK AT ME!

I like to keep a hoodie or long sleeve top on during the beginning of a yoga class. Especially this time of year when I’m coming in from the cold. This cowl neck yoga top is perfect for that. It’s like your favorite pair of sweats made into a shirt.

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Another thing to love? This outfit is perfectly acceptable to wear as a comfy lounge look without looking sloppy and screaming “I’m in workout gear!”

Such a versatile outfit that’s completely affordable…I think I should buy more! That’s always marvelous.

Do you prefer yoga at home or in a studio?
Do new workout clothes motivate you?