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May 1, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:06

I spectated my first race earlier this morning.  I’m not going to lie: I thought I was going to hate it and that I’d be wayyy jealous that I wasn’t running, etc.

SOOOOOOOOOOOO not the case.  I had a blast.  I mean, I even woke up EARLIER than my alarm because I was so excited.  To cheer the people I knew running the half (which, by the way, it turned out that I knew way more than I thought) and my friend who was running the full (who ran a 3:05 on his FIRST marathon.  Holler). And perfect strangers, because that’s what the vast majority of the racers were to me.

I had spent the early part of Saturday night creating a poster to hold up and cheer everyone one.  After extensive googling I made one that said “Because 26.3 would be crazy”.

Then around midnight, and maybe aided by some adult beverages, genius struck. I give you MM’s amazing sign:

I’m 99.4564564% sure that the racers loved it.  Most of them anyway.  One guy did tell me that “Charlie Sheen is a f$%^ing liar”. But this was with about 1.5 miles left.  So he was probably in pain.  I told him he was awesome anyway.

All the other runners responded positively though. Some other comments I got?

  • I’ve got the tiger blood in me / Adonis DNA
  • Winning. DUH.
  • I am a winner! (which got a “hell yes you are!” from me.)
  • I read your blog (which girl if you are reading this then HOLLER! And if you’re in the PVD area let me know because I am dying for more running — aka any — buddies)
  • Bring me a challenge.
  • Awesome poster girl / Best poster out here.
  • This is just what I needed to see, thanks!

I felt weird that people were  almost cheering me on. Of course I had some good things other than the usual “Awesome job” and “Keep going” — both of which I did say.  But since I was out there for almost 4.5 hours I needed to bring a bit more to the table (I actually was practically bounding out of my bed this morning and did not mind the fact that, as a spectator, I was freezing my ass off for the entire time).

  • Enjoy the ride bro. You are winning!
  • Your success rate is 100%. Do the math.
  • You’ve been given magic. You’ve been given gold.

Can you tell that my fit of genius last night was more than a mere moment? My friends and I — who were not getting up early to cheer with me — kind of, well, ran with the theme.  At first I was a bit shy to be all shouting and yelling (I was at the 1.5 mile mark which was also the 11.5/24.5 mile mark) but runners are such an awesome bunch.

I also loved giving people high fives. A couple other spectators told me that they loved my enthusiasm and one even snapped a picture of my sign for future use.  Not bad for someone who really didn’t know many people out there.

On a less happy note, I thought that spectating the race would stoke a racing fire.  Get me pumped to sign up for a race.  Well it didn’t.

I mean, it did pain me a bit to see everyone out there butttttt I was quite content to go back to my apartment and go out for my own run.  On my own terms. My runs the past few days have been great (perfect weather!) and slowly but surely getting faster but with the same effort level.  And no pain.

It’ll come back though. This I know. Running itself is still fun and hopefully, once my friend recovers and his excitement over the race rubs off on me, training for a race will happen.  I already have some tentative ones picked out. But, and I sent this video to him, I have no real desire to have any of these thoughts.

Hope y’all had a great weekend! I can’t believe that it’s already month 5 of the year. Crazy.


  1. i’m glad your spectating went well 🙂 this video is making me nauseous with the shaking, but it’s funny.

    it’s ok that you aren’t all omgiwanttosignupfor900races. it’s totally fine to ‘chill out’ and just-run. maybe do some shorter races? or even no races. that’s always my theory. helps save money at least. hah.

    Comment by lindsay — May 1, 2011 @ 16:24

  2. I LOVE watching races!!! SO MUCH FUN!! 3:05 on his first marathon?!?! I hate boys sometimes ha!! I LOVE your poster. You are the cutest thing ever!! Hope you are having an amazing Sunday! LOVE YA GIRL!

    Comment by janae — May 1, 2011 @ 16:30

    • Yay for me being cute! I’m hoping that it nabs me that runner boy hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 4, 2011 @ 20:44

  3. Awesome sign!! I often worry about spectating races but I actually do get excited for them too! It can be so much fun! There were some pretty awesome signs out there today! It was nice to see them!

    Comment by J — May 1, 2011 @ 16:57

  4. Seems to me that the best running spectators are runners themselves — don’t you love having people on the sidelines dishing out funny signs and witty lines? (uhhh RHYME ALERT). Props to you for being that girl today! Also, glad to hear you are not running in pain anymore!

    Comment by sweatykid — May 1, 2011 @ 17:27

    • Amen to runners = best cheerers. Because we know what we’d want to see.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 4, 2011 @ 20:45

  5. hahahaha, it sounds like you are quite possibly the best marathon spectator there is. That sign is awesome.

    Comment by mealsformiles — May 1, 2011 @ 19:16

  6. HAHA, that sign is HILARIOUS!!

    Comment by Jess — May 1, 2011 @ 21:06

  7. Everytime I read about someone spectating for the first time, they all think they’ll hate it and then they LOVE it. I think I need to get in on some of that action STAT.
    One of my last races had a professional sign erected at the site that said “Charlie Sheen says you’re winning.” which I thought was funny because they definitely spent some cash on it. 🙂

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — May 1, 2011 @ 21:12

  8. Signs are so much fun! Reading them kills some time for me… the more the better!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 1, 2011 @ 21:54

  9. I love this…the thought YOU ARE ALREADY WINNING
    wow…it floored me, because we have a tendency not to see how we have all that which we desire….


    Meaning…we are all eventually going to lose….our health, our power, our beauty and our brains. So live like you are winning now.

    Comment by specialkphd — May 2, 2011 @ 07:42

  10. Great sign! Kudos to you for being an enthusiastic spectator! Yes it’s month 5…with the weather of month 3. Bleh.

    Comment by Marcia — May 2, 2011 @ 14:45

  11. haha, i love this! i don’t think Charlie Sheen quotes can ever get old…

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — May 2, 2011 @ 16:49

    • Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeriously. I think the runners were cracking me up by dishing back quotes!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 4, 2011 @ 20:46

  12. I ran the half and TOTALLY remember your sign–I even commented loving it ha ha! I found your blog through my friend Katie’s…soo funny!!

    Comment by Danielle — May 2, 2011 @ 17:07

  13. Oh man, I wish I had realized you were out there! It’s so much fun meeting other blogger buddies! I think I remember the sign, but I’ll have to be honest, I was really trying to focus on finishing so I didn’t notice much.

    Comment by Katie — May 3, 2011 @ 08:50

    • You might have seen me at mile ~1.5. Because it was the same spot. I wish I had seen you! Or at least recognized you because I’m sure I saw you.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 4, 2011 @ 20:47

  14. Oh, speaking of “because 26.3 would just be crazy.” Did your friend happen to wear a Garmin? My 305 told me I ran 26.66 miles. I’m sure the Garmin must be a bit off, but I’m also wondering if the course was a little long too?

    Comment by Katie — May 3, 2011 @ 08:52

  15. this is a little late, but I love the sign!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — May 3, 2011 @ 17:59

  16. I’ve never been able to bring myself to watch a race when I can’t run, though now you’ve got me all inspired…CHARLIE SHEEN SIGNS! Perfect.

    I saw at least two “winning” signs at the 30k I did in March, though my favorite was the person who had the good sense to add a “that’s what she said” sign under a “speed hump” road sign/

    Comment by angryrunner — May 3, 2011 @ 23:01

    • I almost went with a TWSS theme. But winning seemed awesome. I thought it was going to be tough to watch the race, or that I’d be bored, but I definitely had fun.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 4, 2011 @ 20:48

  17. I am loving your theme lately!
    Never watched a race, but really wanted to be at Boston this year to cheer on my friend.

    Comment by specialkphd — May 4, 2011 @ 03:03

  18. haha, awesome sign. sounds like you got some pretty great feedback, too.
    and i think it’s good that you are taking it slow, running on your own terms. the “no pain” part is preettty key. 🙂

    Comment by emily — May 4, 2011 @ 06:06

  19. oh you are an awesome cheerleader!! So entertaining! YOu should make that your job, haha!

    Comment by lindsay — May 4, 2011 @ 11:50

  20. Winning!

    My boyfriend’s new ringtone is “winning…winning…winning…” by some guy who sounds like Charlie Sheen.

    Comment by Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner — May 4, 2011 @ 12:25

  21. Glad you enjoyed CHEERLEADING!! Congrats to your friend for killing his mary! Hard core, TWSS.

    I a loving your sign.. Your humor never fails!! Love it!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — May 4, 2011 @ 14:51

  22. I have some bad news girl… if you ever get your rear to Texas, I’ll have you racing every weekend… the crew down here are a bunch of race addicts… can’t wait to initiate you in and watch you whoop tail!

    Comment by Lesley @ Racing It Off — May 5, 2011 @ 15:32

  23. I ran the half and totally saw your sign! Thanks for sporting it! 🙂

    Comment by Britney — May 6, 2011 @ 09:44

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