Friday, June 12, 2015

My New Favorite Thing

As a runner, it is so hard to not run all the races! Even if you aren't racing a race, you still want to feel included in the day. I have become very smart with my training and came to the realization that I physically cannot run every race that happens. Sad, but true. 

Last weekend, after Deckers Creek, there were two local races that I had friends running. I decided I was going to go to one and cheer on Carrie, then head over to the second one to see Chelsea, Kelsey and Jeff. I got some really good pictures of Carrie and the other participants. I had the best time getting to hang out with her and cheer along the crowd. 

I left that race and headed to the other one. Everyone was done by the time I got there, but it was so fun to hear how the race was! Just being in a race atmosphere is almost as good as racing! 

Tonight, a bunch of my friends (and my husband) are doing another local 5K. I am racing next weekend so I decided to skip this one. I am so excited to get to cheer everyone on again! I'm gonna try to get in a really good position for pictures and just enjoy the atmosphere. 

I think this might be my new favorite thing! 

How often do you get to spectate or volunteer at a race? 


  1. I actually want to start doing more spectating at races! I definitely know what you mean about just being a race environment - for me, so much of what I love about running is the sense of community, being around my friends, encouraging one another, and eating/drinking together after, and you get to do all of those things as a spectator!

    I've not been enjoying running these past few months - mostly because I'm putting too much pressure on myself and it's just turning running into a stressor, so I think cheering others on would do me a lot of good!

  2. I spectated last spring after I had to DNS due to a broken foot. It was a great experience!

  3. I spectated two weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. I loved hearing the comments people would make as they ran by. It's also awesome to see people's face light up when you cheer them on.
    I think I need to start volunteering at races. Running has given me so much and I think it's time to give back.