The original title of this post was “Why spectating is way cooler than racing,” but then I thought better of it.
6AM Sunday morning came quite early as I dragged my sorry and exhausted bottom out of bed, dressed hazily in running gear and made my way over to pick up Alyssa. We were headed down to Half Moon Bay, where, along with Katie, we’d be cheering for numerous friends participating in the inaugural Half Moon Bay International Marathon, which included a full, a half, a 10K and a 5K.
Armed with running skirts, marathon shirts, and cowbell, we weren’t QUITE sure to go but we were at the 26 mile marker of the marathon and decided to run out 7.5 miles, wait for Alisyn and then bring her back in the last 7.5, hopefully running into Sandra, Naomi, Courtney and Elise en route.
This was a teeny tiny event! Only 500 slots open across all events, and for good reason. There were some miles on single track trail upon which I had trouble running a super slow pace for fear of busting an ankle (I tripped and twisted it twice, so that was scary).
The race seemed to be really well organized and the volunteers were SO friendly! It was pretty desolate out there in the later miles—minutes would pass without seeing anyone, it seemed—so it was SO much fun to be spectating. I realized I’ve never actually spectated a race before! Some people would look confused as we ran by cheering and cowbell-ing but some people’s entire face would just brighten up. I wish I’d brought more props or worn a funny costume or something—anything to cheer up some of the runners!
I got to see Courtney and Elise VERY briefly, both of whom I’ve only known on Twitter but who I really want to get to know IRL one of these days : ) And we got to see Sandra, Dennis, Naomi, and Elio all ROCKING their respective events! It was so awesome. And pretty cool about the tiny course with the very few participants—I think we literally saw EVERY person participating. Pretty rad.
Also rad? Some of these vistas. I kept having to take photos (and maybe I wanted the 30-second breaks from the running but shhh don’t tell anyone…) It reminded me a bit of big sur at some parts.
The running part of spectating was hard. We ended up running about 14.5 miles for the day with some walking in there and it was tough. It was my longest run since SFM and not confidence-inspiring but at the same time it felt good (afterwards… ha). I did feel like I had run a marathon, after being on my feet in Vibrams (aka no support) for 8 hours the day before and for about 4 hours that day in all. I was sore and tired and rather irritable by the end BUT so glad I got out and ran.
The best part was the company! Alyssa and Katie are such wonderful people and getting to chat with them and hang out made the whole thing a bajillion times more awesome.
Once we finished up we got to meet up with all the finishers who all seriously rocked their events. A huge congrats to them. We even got totally passed by Sandra who I’m pretty sure was a mile behind us at one point and ran by at like 100 miles an hour at mile 26. She rocks.
Lunch plans at Sam’s Chowder House fell through but the backup plan was even better: PANCAKES. And hot chocolate. Courtney’s two favorite things to consume. #fact
I was pretty miserable in the last couple miles and dragging Alyssa to walk with me several times, and I mentioned how all I wanted was pancakes. Well, that’s what I got. We went to It’s Tops and I ALMOST succeeded in devouring this amazing pile of p—cake.
Banana p’nut buttermilk. Bananas in the mix, peanut butter in between the pancakes. This is what heaven tastes like.
On a related pancake note, I saw this at the grocery store the other day.
Premade pancake batter in a whipped-cream type tube. Name? The BATTER BLASTER!!! You just spray it onto the pan and go. When I first saw this I was repulsed, but now after a day I gotta admit I’m a little curious.
Great day spectating, running, and having fun with friends! I am looking forward to my next spectating opportunity.
I pushed something on Live Writer that makes this pic above look like a sunrise. I actually like it. Happy Monday everyone.
Have you ever watched a race? Or for runners, any spectating tips?