April 14th finally came around this past weekend. It was the half marathon that I started training for a week and a half after my marathon in January. But, as I’ve mentioned a time or two in the last couple of weeks, I’ve got a hurt ankle. The doctor told me I couldn’t run, so I didn’t. My main goal race would now become a DNS.
But, instead of sulking about it, I decided to go cheer on my friends and spectate! After mentioning so many times here about participating and also working with Iron Girl to help promote the event, I decided I at least wanted to see what it was all about. It’s been around Tampa for a few years now, and I’ve never been able to go…
Spectating is definitely a whole lot different than running. I overslept. I would never oversleep for a race I was running. I needed to leave my house and 5:30, and I woke up at 5:31. Oops. Luckily I made it out the door by 5:40 and made up a little bit of time on the way.
I met up with a bunch of girls to walk over to the race, and while they were doing the normal pre-race things, I just walked around and eventually made my way up the first bridge to my cheer spot.
Afterwards I headed to the finish line to meetup with friends and head to breakfast. Something about eating a full breakfast after spectating a race isn’t the same as eating one after you run the race.
I have to say, though, that watching and cheering was so much fun. People had different reactions. Some laughed, some waved, some ignored, but it was nice to see that a lot of people really loved the cheering. And it really seemed to encourage some people! I love spectators and get a big push when people cheer for me, so I wanted to do it too! I’ll spectate more races in the future, though hopefully I’ll be running most of them.
Have you spectated a race before?
What’s your favorite race sign?
Do you get a boost from people cheering for you?