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(1/2) marathon review

well, it’s been a month since the race began. (no, i’m not still running it.)

wait, what? a month and a week? huh. yeah, then it’s about time i post a little something. here goes.

1. did i finish? yes! CHECK.
2. did i have great gear? yes! CHECK. (note: the question was not “did i look good?”)
3. did i get a ticket en route to the event this year? no! CHECK. (damn denver red light cameras.)
4. did i have a VIP porta potty pass? HailsYEAH, thanks, RunnersRoost Lakewood! CHECKCHECKCHECK. 
5. did i go through the frenzied-night-before-clothing/nutrition/bib-layout-music-update-second-guessing-of-everything? shah. CHECK.
6. did i #Prepare? of COURSE. CHECK.
7. did i prepare (as in adequately train)? ummmmmmmmmm…can we go back to #1?
8. did i #Recover? oh, yeah. and let me note that given my answer to #7, this is the ONLY reason i believe i could walk the next day.

hey, there’s always room for improvement, right? looking on the bright side, folks.

bottom line, denver put on an awesome show for race day: brisk, see-your-breath-morning (which was particularly impressive given the gray, shitass cold day before); be-postered, crowd-lined course; bands; encouraging race officials; and generally just good joo-joo.

as one who can get a little too caught up in the competitive spirit (but apparently not enough to actually train…), i used this opportunity to practice ACCEPTANCE of where i was realistically: not trained to put forth a PR effort. it was a day to enjoy a run with a few thousand of my closest friends. it was a day to be proud that i didn’t stay in bed (i know, you bring-on-the-shitass-coldMUD, CX folks don’t get that, but i’m mixed up a little differently). it was a day to push myself, but not too hard. and it was awesome.

a few of my favorite signs (and my commentary) along the 1/2 course (which, by the way, kicked ASS this year – i hope they keep the city park, east high school section the way it was – plenty of opportunity for specators to see runners multiple times without having to fight too many closed roads):
* Relax. You’re not going to win.    (WHAT?? effit. okay, fine.)
* I like your endurance. Call me.    (ha.)
Worst parade ever.    (watchu talkin’ about? great legs abound.)
It’s not sweat; it’s a fat cell crying.    (more like bawling & snotting & …)
* You’ve done worse things for this long.    (true dat.)
* Where are you all going?   (this one still makes me smile. my kinda humor.)
* Bike for rent. $50/mile.   (i’ll meet you in the alley before that next hill. will you throw in yer street clothes, too, pls?)
* Why do all the cute ones run away?    (and why are they so much DamnFaster ThanME?)
* I bet this seemed like a good idea six months ago.    (srsly.)
* Fancy a piggy back ride?    (at this point, it wouldn’t even need to be fancy.)
* Your feet hurt cuz you’re kicking so much ass.    (YEAH!)
* Chuck Norris never ran a marathon.    (if only he was my hero.)
* Don’t stop. People are watching.   (which is about the ONLY thing that keeps me going on the uphill on morrison road after a long run in bear creek lake park.)



not just for cycling

oh, for heaven’s sake. puh-lease mute your computer before viewing this. You didn’t mute, did you. Yeah. Well, then be even more empowered by the fact that you could (embrocate with Prepare, then) run backwards, blindfolded up Green Mountain faster … Continue reading