Thursday, October 8, 2009

Race Reflections

Last Sunday, I ran my first half marathon for this year. It was a make-up from one that I was registered for in May. And I did so much better than I would have had it actually happened in May! I had a couple of reflections from the race, so here goes it!

1. Some people who run think they need all sorts of CRAP! I saw people with belts of all this gunk. Special water bottles. Knee bands. Head gear. I guess I am just a minimalist runner, when I go out to run, it is me, my attire, good running shoes and my iPod. That is one of the things that I love most about running, you don't need any equipment. Especially at a race, it is all out for you!

2. At the beginning I was quite annoyed, because there were tons of people walking the half-marathon. I don't have a problem with people walking, but they need to understand race etiquette. This is the reason that I refuse to do Race for the Cure, it is a cluster, albeit for a good cause, but a cluster none the less!

3. There was one lady running barefoot. I don't really know what else to say about that.

4. At one point, I was near a lady who I thought sneezed. But it wasn't a sneeze, it was some weird breathing that she was doing. It was so annoying that I had to speed up to put some distance between us. At one point, I walked a little and then could hear her again, that motivated me to pick up the pace!

1 comment:

Just Jackie said...

I'm so proud of you, Erin, for accomplishing this. I stay in awe of people who run long distances. It takes such commitment and dedication. Good for you!

The other thing I was going to say is that you know I listen to The Ticket. And a few weeks back, Craig, George and Gordon were talking about running barefoot (Craig is training for the NYC marathon). There's been research that's resurfaced suggesting that running barefoot is more natural and better for the foot and body overall, and that shoes have ruined us...ANY shoe, but especially for runners/trainers. There are more injuries and permanent damage. So now it's a running "trend" to run barefoot.

Quite a curious thing, huh?