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Monday, September 22, 2014

Spectating the Air Force Marathon

This weekend Julie and I went to Dayton, OH for the Air Force Marathon. She ran the half, and I was scheduled for the full. After getting advice from all of you (thank you, btw!!) and my ortho Dr., I knew the smartest thing to do was sit this one out. As much as I wanted to, I just couldn't take a chance on getting injured worse.

We left Friday afternoon and after hours of construction and rush hour traffic, we made it to the expo and picked up our packets. We then were able to eat and relax at B-Dubs.

Had to try on my shirt and hat. I was only pouty for a few minutes, promise! (And yes, I got to use my beer coupon)

We woke up at 6 Saturday morning and headed to the race. For some reason I had the same nerves and butterflies, as if I was running! After parking we walked about a mile to the start line. It was a beautiful morning.

At 8:30 the gun went off, and off they went. I definitely was holding back tears off and on the next couple hours. They were good tears though! I walked around the memorial park for awhile, and then went back to the finish line. It was awesome seeing the marathon winner coming in.
Overall winner- 2:28 AMAZING



This precious little girl was cheering on her mommy.
I had to get away from them fast. Way too hard on me.
Here comes Julie!

 I gotta tell ya, standing at that finish line, cheering for everyone was an unbelievable experience that I think everyone needs to do at least once. You see SO many different emotions coming across that line. Some people look miserable and half dead, some people are wiping away tears, some people have the biggest smile on their faces, some dance, some skip- it's such a beautiful thing to watch!!
So proud of her!

YUM. That pretty much sums it up.
Sometimes you just need a fun, crazy girls weekend! I'm not sure if I'll be back next year to do this race or not. But it definitely seemed like an excellent race that everyone enjoyed.

What emotion do you usually have at the finish line?
 
I've cried, couldn't stop smiling and been the miserable one!
Have you spectated a race before?

katie
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  1. It is totally something everyone needs to do!!! Its great seeing finish line emotion!
    So awesome for you to go cheer on your friend...

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  2. I've spectated a few races when I was with the American Stroke Association's training program. It can be harder than the actual run when you're there waiting for several people, many of whom are walking the course. It's definitely an experience, though. You had a pretty great view of the aircraft too, so I can't imagine getting bored!

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    1. That would be hard if you had to wait for a real long time, that's awesome that you did it though. I definitely didn't get bored!

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  3. Glad you made the smart decision to spectate and that you still had a great time! I broke my ankle this summer and had to sit out on a half marathon that was last weekend. I know the feeling! At least you still picked up your race packet/swag and got to spectate!

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    1. I'm sorry you broke your ankle! Hope you're better soon and can get back to racing!

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  4. just reading this made me tear up - i cried finishing my first half marathon and i always get super emotional when i cross the finish line. i think you are right - standing at the finish line, cheering, watching everyone - thats an experience everyone should have!

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    1. I cried after my first half and full. It is an awesome experience!

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  5. I'm tearing up just reading this! The only times I've ever watched are after I finish. I've watched some full marathoners come in after I've finished a half, and half Ironman finishers after I finished an Olympic, and those were super inspiring. I was just thinking recently that I've never spectated a race, from start to finish, but would really love to!

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    1. Aww thanks Tracy! It is an incredible experience for sure.

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  6. I actually haven't spectated at a race before, unless you count when I go to cheer my sisters on, or hang out after a race to watch friends come in and cheer for them.
    In 2012 I tore my hip flexor for the first time and had already paid for a marathon in New Hampshire so I took the trip, I did go pick up my bib, I figured I paid for the stuff. But while I was waiting in line, I knew I couldn't run the race, in fact I waited to decide pretty much the night before. I couldn't bring myself to go anywhere near the race that day, I found a short hiking trail instead and avoided it all. I am probably a poor sport, for it, I probably should have done what you did and go cheer them on. But it was so hard, like you know to make the decision not to run and I was alone at the time.
    But I will say it again, not running was a smart decision. As it was at that time for me, that one race off allowed for so many more following, and that will be you too next year, I just know it!!!

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    1. That's why I waited until the last minute too, I wanted to do it so bad!! I don't think it's being a poor sport at all for not going anywhere near the race. Believe me, it was hard for me too. If Julie hadn't already signed up, I would've just skipped it all. But now I'm really glad I went.
      Next year will be redemption for me, for sure!! :)

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  7. That's so fun that you went and cheered for your friend. It's great that you still supported her even though you couldn't run. :)

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    1. Even though it was hard, I'm so glad I went too. It was a whole new experience for me!

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  8. I know how hard this was for you, but so proud of you for going to cheer your friend on. I love spectating races, it's great to see the other side of the race!

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  9. You're so amazing! Looks like you still were able to enjoy you self! Soon enough, you will be running.

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  10. So sorry you missed your chance to race, but I bet you were a great fan and cannot wait for you to comebetter and get your own race in.

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    1. It was a lot of fun being a fan this time. I can't wait either!!

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  11. I am sorry about you missing the race but it was very sweet of you to go and cheer for your friend.

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