9/13/10

Shout Outs from the Sidelines

With all of the running, training and racing I’ve been doing, it’s nice to take a break every now and again. Although this weekend saw our half marathon clinic run its last long run of 20km with lots of extra people out for a tune-up run hosted by a local running series, it also saw a few of our clinic members running a half marathon on the Toronto Island.

So instead of lacing up my shoes and toeing the start A totally unflattering picture of me at the Toronto Island Girl Half Marathonline, I took out my sharpie, grabbed a bristol board, made two signs to take with me plus my thundersticks, hopped on a ferry and  cheered on my fellow coach and our participants who were running the 13 mile event.

I have to say, it was sooo much fun! As a pathetic jogger runner, it’s so rare that we get to have REAL crowd support out to cheer us on THROUGHOUT a race, especially a half marathon. We’re out there for a good one and a half to two and a half hours, more than most of our loved ones can handle. Plus, they can start at the ass crack of dawn creating surly and unlovable creatures where our beloved family and friends stood. I’m not saying they can’t appreciate it – no, no – but I get the brand of crazy.

So I was that brand of crazy for a good hour.

I positioned myself at a point where I saw them cross back and forth about three times and cheered on every runner that blew on by me, whether I knew them or not. I clapped those stupid sticks together, hooted, squealed and annoyed every spectator sitting next to me. I waved my two signs (one personalized for Sam, as you can see) and got waves, smiles, thumbs ups and thank yous. I shouted way to go, good job, looking good, awesome work, but never you’re almost there, don’t give up, just a few more km and the other things I HATE hearing on the course.

And I may have checked the time on my blackberry and tweeted a few times, as was captured above, because I was so proud of the ladies running AND I wanted to check if they were on pace for personal bests.

Which they were. And I was amazed. And even teary eyed.

Yes. Me. I do not always have a heart of stone, you know. I’m actually a big softy, again demonstrated by the picture above with the rolls (I KID, people. I know I’m leaning over. It’s all good!!!!).

It was honestly an amazing morning.

I may have to give up this running gig and become an athletic supporter permanently Smile

17 comments:

Krissie said...

Okay, I'm going to fight the urge to make an "athletic supporter" joke.

Your day sounds awesome. I cheered at a 10K in July and I absolutely loved it. I need to do that more often. There's an all-night relay that ends in our downtown that I thought about volunteering for. Now I'm going to see if I can fit it into my calendar.

Thanks for reminding me to give as much as I get!

marie said...

The athletic supporter joke is totally on purpose. It's funnier when Jainey says it.

Shirls said...

can I just have you come cheer me on to get through the load of work on my desk? I need a cheerleader and your rocking it!

Sam said...

That sign, the clapping thundersticks, the hoots and hollers as we ran by, you being there to cheer all of us on.

. . . Best birthday present ever!

Seriously.

Sonya @ Eyes on the Hourglass said...

awe...you rock!

Sonya @ Eyes on the Hourglass said...

awe...you rock!

Vickie said...

what a great pic
somehow it looks like you belong in a magazine article
love the jacket

Laura said...

Love it. My run group and our coaches are amazing for getting out to races to cheer people on...and we are good at it. (this just means we are really loud)I so want an air horn just to be able to emphasize my cheering.

marie said...

OOOOH! An airhorn would have been awesome. I would have rivaled the island ferries!

Or a megaphone!

marie said...

@Vickie I love the little sweater, too! I found it at Winners, a discount store up here, so it was MUCH cheaper than it should have been. SCORE! It's from Hurley,which I'm too old to wear but do anyway :)

Sarah said...

What a great idea! I'm sure they love you for it too.

Claudia said...

that's a great picture!!

Nif said...

I want to change my name to "Thundersticks".

jainey said...

@Sam .... did she chase you with a scone?

Sam said...

@ Jainey: I only wish!

I've still never seen one of these mythical Mouse scones yet, but have heard of their magical tasty powers. A girl can only dream. . .

I would have run a lot faster, knowing they were at the end! ;)

Lainey said...

"If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter!"

Haha--that's from a rather famous movie. Cookies for anyone who gets the reference!

Anonymous said...

Rubin rocks :P

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