On Tuesday I ended my blog post with a request for spectator tips for Mr. Sarcastic since his first race experience is going to be at my Nike Women’s Half Marathon! And boy did you guys respond!
I got some advice directly related to the Nike Women’s Race! Hearing from people who have previously ran and spectated at the event is amazingly helpful!!! Several people mentioned that the race is a tricky one to spectate at and that it can be challenging to find your cheer team at the finish line. Kelly from Cupcake Kelly’s mentioned that the race does offer shuttle service for spectators to utilize.
I got lots of great tips from a Facebook group called Women Who Run The World. (If you are a woman and a runner, you should join this group! Sorry guys.) Suzanne from the group said that she thinks spectating is harder than running. Her tips to make spectating easier and more fun included cheering for ALL runners not just your runner, making sure logistics are figured out before the race and wearing bright clothes to make reuniting easier. Race signs and noise makers were also mentioned as key spectator items.
I also got lots of funny tips like, “Tell him to practice standing” from Eric at Roc The Run and Mike one of my Twitter friends mentioned Mr. Sarcastic should make sure that his phone is fully charged so he can use it to pass the time when he is bored.
But one piece of advice that I got over and over mirrored what Bari from live laugh run breath said, “I think your cheerleader needs to know what YOU need. Everyone is different.” Yes! That is so true!
So with that being said, here are my top 5 things I need from Mr. Sarcastic at the race.
1. I need him to be my personal photographer. I want him to get pre and post race pics so I will always have those to bring back memories of a great race. I don’t expect him to get pics during the race as spotting me amongst 24,999 people is harder than playing a game of Where’s Waldo.
2. It would be a huge plus if I could forego gear check and have him hold my stuff. Gear check can be a giant pain in the booty and it would be wonderful to have access to my stuff immediately after I finish instead of waiting in line. I promise to not make him carry too much stuff!
3. I need him to conserve some of his battery on his phone. I will be running with my phone so once I finish I will easily be able to reconnect with him. If his phone is dead, I may cry. Seriously.
4. I want hugs and kisses. And congratulatory swats on the ass. Ok, maybe I’m kidding about the ass swats but I definitely want the hugs and kisses. And he better give them to me despite me being a hot, sweaty mess!
5. I plan on talking his ear off about every part of the race. These conversations will include but are not limited to: how I felt at each mile marker, the people I chatted with along the way, the funny race signs, the scenery, the effing hills, being too hot or cold, how happy I am, the songs I listened to, the funny costumes that people wore and those effing hills! And I want him to act captivated by my every word and appear that nothing would be more interesting to him than hearing me talk about the race. Again.
With all of your tips and me stating exactly what I want, I know he is going to be a great spectator. Plus it helps that I like him and that I think he’s cute. That goes a long way!
Who has been your best cheerleader at a race or during training?