You know I couldn’t resist…
Have you Elfed yourself yet? Dooooo it! And link below for fun. 🙂
Obviously I’ve been getting a lot of work done today. 😉
This morning I snacked on some applesauce and granola. (A new favorite combo)
For lunch I decided to dig into my soup filled freezer and pulled out a container of Butternut Squash & Apple Soup.
The soup was a bit thinner then I remembered, but still tasty. I added some pumpkin seeds for crunch and raisins for a touch of sweetness.
With the last of my Jalapeno Corn Muffins on the side.
How to be an awesome race spectator
This is a new series I’m implementing for the week. This Sunday I’m the official race spectator for my Sister, Brother, and Derek at the Space Coast half Marathon and I want to do it right! 😉
Hi Meals and Miles readers! My name’s Jess and I blog over at jessruns.com. A few weeks ago, I had my first experience as a marathon spectator. Normally, I’m the one running the races, but this time I got to cheer on a good friend and all the other runners in the Marine Corp Marathon.
Since spectators are such an important part of the race experience, I thought I’d share some tips from a runner’s perspective on what makes a truly great support crew.
Find out what your runner will be wearing and their bib number. If your runner is wearing something distinctive, you will have an easier time picking him or her out in the crowd on the course. Some races offer runner tracking through text message so if you know the bib number you can sign up to get alerts when your runner gets to certain points on the course. This will help you know when to start looking for your runner.
Look at the course map in advance and find ideal spectating spots. Pay attention to areas of the course that are out and backs or cover areas that are close to each other. This will let you set up camp in one spot, but see your runner more than once. Race websites sometimes offer good advice on prime spectating spots, so it’s definitely worthwhile to check those out.
Try to find a place where no one else is standing. Not only will this make it easier for your runner to find you, but if you set up your cheering area in a spot where there aren’t many other spectators, you will give all the runners that pass a much needed boost of energy.
Take pictures. Sure there are usually professional photographers on the course, but the pictures you take are free and since you’re only looking for one runner, you know who to focus your lens on.
Make a plan, share it with your runner and stick to it. If you decide you’re going to be at miles 5, 10 and the finish line of a half marathon, let your runner know. As a runner, it’s great to be able to anticipate where you will see your friends and family on the course. Sometimes that is the biggest motivating factor to keep moving.
Designate a meeting spot. Finish lines of big races can be complete chaos. The best way to reunite with your runner is to settle on a post-race meeting spot in advance. Pick a landmark that everyone will be able to find and meet there. Some races offer family reunion areas where you can meet near the letter of the runner’s first or last name.
Have fun, cheer loudly. The most important thing as a spectator is to just have fun. If you want to make signs to bring, go for it. Runners almost always appreciate them. If people wear their names on their shirts, don’t be afraid to give them a shout out. Cheer for everyone, not just the person you are there to watch. All the runners out there are working hard and love the encouragement.
You can use these tips at short races or long races, for first time runners or experienced marathoners. The bottom line is, runners love their support crews. Even the smallest ounce of support could help a runner immensely.
So runners, what other advice would you offer to spectators? Spectators, what’s the craziest thing your runner has asked you to do for them on race day?