“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Katherine Switzer
On Sunday I was lucky enough to spectate the NYC Marathon. I’ve volunteered for the race twice, but this was my first time just spectating the race and it was such an amazing experience. I knew of quite a few runners that were participating in the race. I told them I would be positioned at mile 18 and that I would come prepared with goodies!
I tried to bring items that I thought runners might appreciate at that point in the race – running fuel, Nuun, blister shield, pain relievers, Run Gum, biofreeze spray, etc. I felt like the “Marathon Fairy” 🙂 I was able that I was able to help out a few runners with the items.
My friend Debbie, my mom and I had a blast cheering on the runners during the race. We also had some live entertainment.
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One highlight of the race was this guy – I mean that outfit was everything! I have no clue how he was able to run a marathon barefoot though!
The tracker app was giving me a little difficulty during the race, but I was still able to find most of my friends. First I saw Jessie fly by. She was in the zone so she didn’t hear us cheering for her, but she looked strong. Fun fact – I was also tracking Kevin Hart on my app and at one point in the race, Jessie blew right past him!
I also saw Jess but she didn’t hear us cheering her on because the band was playing at the same time. I thought that she looked great as well! Luckily I was able to give out hugs to a few of my other friends running the race. So proud of you Lisa, Carlota and Jacinta!
Changing topics for one minute..one thing that was NOT cool is this tweet from the Boston Globe.
Are they serious with this crap? I CANNOT believe that they used the word stragglers. So damn rude and disrespectful. I’m 100% sure that Shalane would use the term “finishers”. Stuff like this written by obvious non-runners really irritates me. Okay, end of rant.
Originally I was supposed to run this marathon. I decided to defer my entry after Chicago because I knew that mentally, I just wasn’t up to the challenge of another marathon. To be honest, I couldn’t figure out why I was so content with this decision. I had absolutely no regrets, but why? That’s when it hit me – I wasn’t suppose to run that race, I was supposed to watch it.
I’m a firm believer that God always has a plan. Spectating the NYC Marathon was exactly what I needed to renew my love for the sport. I’ll be the first to admit that I was burnt out after 2 consecutive training cycles this year (12 weeks/20 weeks), but the events of the day totally changed my perspective and my spirit. This marathon had everything – Meb running his last race, Shalane winning the women’s race and seeing people fight for every step at Mile 18. All of the passion made me excited to start training for a marathon again next year.
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up and what we “have” to do in order to train for a race. We often forget why we’re even training in the first place. I’m making a conscious decision to never get to that place again when I’m training for a race. I always want to keep the “why” in the forefront of my mind. I’m so happy that spectating the marathon gave me the mental boost that I desperately needed before starting a new training cycle for a Spring marathon.
Congratulations to all of the runners that completed the NYC Marathon. You have all inspired me more than you know!
Have you every spectated a race? How did it change your outlook on running?