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5 Ways to Be the Best Race Spectator

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Not running sucks.

It’s a fact. You know it. I know it. Damn, do I ever know it.

You would think I would want nothing to do with racing right now since I’m injured. While it may kill me to see so many people doing exactly what I love, I really do enjoy spectating a race.

Watching a race may seem boring to some. Standing on the side of the road watching people run by.


That’s the problem. You are watching, not spectating. What is boring about spectating athletes of every size, shape, age and walk of life, race by with hope, grit, athleticism and determination? Absolutely nothing.

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Go watch a race and I can guarantee you’ll be inspired.

For a runner, having spectators on the course to support you is huge. There is nothing like the sound of cheering and clapping to keep you going. Crowd support can be a game changer when your mind is screaming “You CAN’T do this!” But then a simple, “You’ve got this!” or “Looking strong!” from a spectator can be enough to keep your legs moving.

They convince you that you CAN do this. It’s a marvelous thing.

In some ways, spectating a race is just as hard as actually running the race. Spectating involves cheering for everyone you see, traveling from point to point to watch your runners and if you do it right, acting like a fool. There’s logistics, strategy and planning. Cheering, clapping and of course, MORE COWBELL, are all good ways to support the athletes. But why not have some fun with it? Those athletes are deep in the pain cave. You job is to make them forget it, even if it’s for 10 seconds. You want to be the best athletic supporter there is out on the course.

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5 Fun Ways to Be the Best Race Spectator

1. Be a Sugar Mama/Daddy.

What makes everyone happy? Candy! Gummy bears, jelly beans, licorice or anything easily digestible and sweet. Another option is orange slices or pretzels. The athletes will flock to you. During the Honolulu Marathon I was craving salt around mile 21 or so. An awesome spectator had a bowl full of the best damn pretzels I’ve ever tasted.

2. Make it rain.

If you are spectating a race in the heat, bring along squirt guns or Super Soakers to cool the runners down. If the race just so happens to run by your house, hook up a sprinkler for the athletes to run through. That’s sure to bring a smile to the runner’s face.

3. Play dress up.

Get crazy with feather boas, wigs, hats and glasses. Wear a banana costume. How can you not smile at someone wearing a banana costume?

4. Bring in ‘da noise. Bring in ‘da funk.

Hook your iPod up to speakers and blast some tunes. The Rocky theme is always good if you are spectating on a killer hill. Bonus if you choreograph a routine to the song.

5. Signs, signs, everywhere signs.

Signs are a sure fire way to distract a runner from the pain cave. Motivation and inspiring words are great but funny signs are way better. Laughter really is the best medicine.

What sight during a race gets you out of the pain cave?

What’s for Dinner? {Week of August 2}

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Hi friends!

Hope you are all enjoying the first weekend in August. How did that happen? I had a slight panic attack the other day when I realized that my kids’ will be heading to Kindergarten in one month. One. Month.

And you know what that means? Summer is o-v-e-r.


So I’m soaking up every single ounce of heat, humidity, sunshine and lazy days. Today Ron and I are off on a day date to do just that. Have a great Sunday Funday!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Day date

Monday: Grilled Salmon + Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Tuesday: Chiptole Maple Sweet Potato Tofu Bowl

Wednesday: Almond Sauce Chicken Stir-fry + Baked Veggie Slaw Egg Rolls

Thursday: Steamed Garlic and Herbs Scallops w/ Veggies

Friday: Grilled Chicken Sausage Veggie Power Bowls

Saturday: Wing it!

For more meal planning ideas for dinner, check out Laura and Jill’s weekly link up.

What are you having for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

5 from instagram 73115  happyfitmama.comHappy High Five Friday!

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1. Another beautiful sunrise.

2. #stopdropandyoga family style.

3. Miles and miles of roads to explore.

4. I’m living on Pesto Zucchini Noodles right now. I don’t want to turn on my oven!

5. Twisting with my girl.

5 Good Reads

1. 8 Things You Need to Know Before Inviting a Runner to Your House – I love everything Beth writes. Her sense of humor never fails to put a smile on my face because I’ve thought and discussed some of the very same things. She nails this post dead on.

2. Unhealthy Confessions from Healthy Living Bloggers – Further proof that we are all human beings and no one is perfect.

3. Thanks Mom & Dad, for making us play outside – It’s kind of scary how the future generation of kids’ say that playing with electronic devices is their favorite thing to do. Watch the video at the end and then do something about it if you are a parent. Get your kids’ outside!

4. 30 Things I Learned at 30 – While I’m closer to 40 (WHAT?!?!) than 30, I can fully agree with Lindsey on her life lessons. Read and learn.

5. Aspects of Running Perfectly Depicted in Books – If I can’t run, at least I can read about running. And then I want to run more than ever. Btw- you can check out my favorite running books HERE.

What would you like to high 5 today?