Thursday, October 26, 2006

Run World, Run

Two weeks ago I ran my first half-marathon, an experience indeed. I was enthralled by the "running celebrities" (runebrities?) - yes they do exist - at the runner's expo. People like Katharine Switzer, the first woman to crash the Boston Marathon and evade an portly male judge; and Bart Yasso of Runner's World magazine, who has pretty much the coolest job in the world going from city to city and covering marathon's of all types and sizes. Yah, I'm easily starstruck, I know.

Anyway, the run was good. I got off to a bad start because I was late, what else is new. But I quickly fell into pace and ended up finishing nine minutes before my goal time. Sure, I was aiming pretty low...but nonetheless, I made it. Throughout the route I was rejuvenated by the small crowds gathered at certain points throughout the route and the musicians that setup to help keep our spirits lifted. I found all of this to be amazing...until I got to Chicago that is.
The BF ran the Chicago Marathon this past weekend. and. it. was. amazing. I was drunk on marathon fumes. Totally intoxicated. Sure, maybe I have that "joiner personality". After all, since grade 6 my resume has been littered with planning committees of all types. I can't escape it. But this whole running thing is completely new to me. I never got to go to the track meets or OFSA or any of those mortifying sport camps...jesus christ if it wasn't for sports at recess I would have never found the library.

I digress...Chicago was goddamn, effing amazing. And I didn't even shop. The crowds lining the race route were incredible. I got goosebumps a few times just watching the elite runners glide by. If I were a real writer I'm sure that I could help to convey the feeling better, but I can't. All I can say is that it felt like all of Chicago turned into a running room clinic, everyone was cheering and most importantly everyone had respect for the race and the runners. I can only hope that one day I'll be one of those people being cheered on.

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