I have had a wonderful weekend up here in "Dulute"!! Watching my friends run the marathon was fantastic!! You name it, at least one of them experienced it! Slowing down dramatically, strange cramps, tight calves, hydration issues, the works. In my pervious marathon experience the post race experience wether myself or a friend was predominately solo. One marathoner for the weekend. This time there are four marathoners, a half and 5k runner, and myself. We laughed and joked and cried post race for a couple hours. It was great! It is great to share the experience with others.
Laying around I am now the only one awake. Inspired by a young runner i saw today I did some reading that I recommend:
Read all the related articles too.
The moral is, I get motivated and also constrained by goals. Spectating this weekend was a wonderful exercise in shared enjoyment. I focus on myself far too often and I love the chance to give back to others. Cheering on my friends and clapping for strangers at a marathon is great fun! I had no idea how four and five hour marathoners suffer out there. It's carnage.
Congratulations to all Grandma's Marathon finishers this weekend!