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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?

Do I Really Want to Do That Again?

What day is it? HUMP DAY! Sorry…just love that commercial so much.

So friends, I’ve got a wee bit of a dilemma. Back in the Spring when I was training for VCM, Jen, the registration director for the race, had contacted me about writing my “Why I Run” story for their blog, The Run Down. I did but it never was published. Fast forward to last week. I got another email asking if it was OK to publish my story now that the blog is back up and running after the summer break. I updated my post a little with how awful my race day was and sent it back to Jen. HERE’s the post if you are interested in it.

Vermont City Marathon - happyfitmama.comOnce she read about my horrible day (or rather whole weekend), she said I HAD to do VCM in 2014 to “get the bad taste out of my mouth” from 2013.

Huh.

Do I really want to do that again?

When I mentioned it to Ron, he laughed and said, “Do you really want to do that again?

Truthfully, I had not even considered doing VCM ever again. It’s not because of Burlington (awesome town), the spectators (I was astounded by how many there were for the whole course on such a crappy weather day) or the race course (fabulous). It’s because of the WHOLE experience. A sick toddler, miserable weather conditions, GI issues like you wouldn’t believe, leg cramps that stopped me in my tracks and then the dang car repair issue on a Holiday weekend.

Let me tell you, that’s a whole lot of bad ju-ju in one weekend! You just don’t forget about that.

But when I read Jen’s email I started to think about it.

I know I can do better on that course than what I did on May 26th. A part of me wants to kick VCM in the face. In the nicest way possible, of course.

My #1 priority in picking my second marathon was location. I wanted one close to home, something I could drive to the morning of the race. I was leaning heavily towards the Maine Coast Marathon which is making a reappearance after a 28 year absence. But now I’m not so sure.

I’ve got some serious thinking to do. Do I really want to do VCM again?

What would you do?

Have you ever run the same race twice just to get the “bad taste” out of your mouth? Did it work?

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Random Friday

Hey friends!

Can I just say that I’m extra excited for it to be Friday? I woke up yesterday morning absolutely positive it was Saturday. What a let down to realize it was only Thursday. Talk about a buzz killer!

I had some sad news yesterday. My 98 year old grandmother passed away in the morning. She had not been doing well for quite awhile so it’s a blessing that she is no longer suffering but it’s still hard. She was a strong Italian woman that absolutely despised cheese. :) When we were in Michigan a few weeks ago, I visited her in the nursing home and basically got to say goodbye. I’m hoping to maybe make it to the funeral but plane fare is just ridiculous.

My mind is kind of all over the place right now so I thought I’d share random things I’ve found on the internet over the past week that have been interesting to me.

Welcome to Random Friday!

To Parents of Small Children

I love this! Parenting standards are sky high and it’s unrealistic to think we all can be superparents 100% of the time. While I love my children dearly, there are just some days that I retreat to the bathroom, lock the door and decompress for a minute or two.  Favorite quote: “Breathe in. Breathe out. You are not alone.”

Yoga Mat for Sale on Craigslist

A real ad that was posted after someone had high expectations before their first hot yoga class. Guess they didn’t go back for another class. :)

Sympathy Cards for Runners

This made my day. Especially after my most recent whining and the my first ever “I gotta poo now!” during the marathon.

source: runnersworld.com

Spirit of the Marathon II

Theaters around the country are doing screenings of the new film on June 12th. I still haven’t seen the first. I got teary eyed just watching the trailer. Makes me want to start training all over again for another marathon. Well maybe not RIGHT now…

Any other Random Friday thoughts?