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  1. Tori (Fresh Fruition)
    May 20, 2011

    I love the hill sign!

    So true about not complaining as a spectator! I’ve never run a race before, but I know when people complain about having to stand around all day at my dance competitions, all I can think is “but I was the one dancing…” Haha!
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  2. Michelle
    May 20, 2011

    Great post. At the Eugene Marathon on May 1st at maybe the 3 or 4 mile marker (can’t remember exactly), a family had a grill right outside their house and were grilling up bacon. Usually the smell doesn’t bother me, but during a marathon it was just gross and I felt myself wanting to gag. Food is great – oranges, etc. But bacon? Yeah, no.
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  3. Michelle (The Runner’s Plate)
    May 20, 2011

    I agree that seeing friends and family–even if only for a few seconds–is totally worth it!! (No matter if you are a spectator or the runner.)

  4. Freya
    May 20, 2011

    LOVE this post! I’m going to make my mum read it before my next marathon :p (though saying that- she was an amaaaazing spectator / helper at the first!)
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  5. Stephanie
    May 20, 2011

    I love this post. I love having a pit crew so to speak on the side line for me and I love also being on the other end!

  6. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    May 20, 2011

    awww what a wonderful post!

    I have loved spectating vicariously through you, especially your brother and sister’s recent marathon. It’s so wonderful that you all support each other as lovingly as you do – I can tell how close you all are!

    Have a great time in Philly! πŸ™‚

  7. LindsayH
    May 20, 2011

    wouldnt jolly ranchers be a choking hazard? i can just see myself inhaling one into my windpipe when im huffing and panting along.

  8. miranda @ working mom works out
    May 20, 2011

    Great post Meghann! I’ve never spectated before so this will come in handy!

  9. lauren
    May 20, 2011

    When I ran my first marathon this past December, my parents made a poster to cheer me on that paid homage to “The Office” (my favorite show) – it said ” Go Lauren! That’s What She Said” – and had Office characters on it. My parents said lots of runners laughed & gave thumbs-up when they ran by πŸ™‚
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  10. Dori
    May 20, 2011

    Awww Derek is so good to you.

    I agree, seeing my friends/family during a race gives me a boost of energy and happiness I didn’t know I had in me!
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  11. Claire
    May 20, 2011

    Omg so sweet! My bf has been at all of my marathons and has helped me run the final 6 in all of them. I really needed him there at heartbreak hill when I ran the Boston Marathon last year πŸ™‚

  12. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable
    May 20, 2011

    Great post! I ran my first half 2 weeks ago and having my bf tag along to watch and cheer me on was the bestest. I so appreciated ALL the spectators, especially the ones that were cheering for everybody! It was such great motivation πŸ™‚
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  13. emily
    May 20, 2011

    This was a great post! Adam always runs with me, but he can go soooo much faster, I sort of think I should sit out our next race and just spectate.

    Love your axe the “you’re almost there” reminder too. When I did the Disney Princess Half the last 1.1 miles weren’t marked and I would have killed for someone to just tell me the actual distance I had to physically make myself travel! πŸ˜€
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  14. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 20, 2011

    I hate “you’re almost done” — especially when someone tries to joke and does that at mile 1 or 2 πŸ™
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  15. Danielle @ Long May You Run
    May 20, 2011

    Reeeeaaaallly good post… I’m going to spread this around before my first marathon!!

    Also as bad as ‘you’re almost there’ is: “it’s all downhill from here.”
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  16. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
    May 20, 2011

    That is so true! I had 1.5 miles left of my half last weekend and I was dying. Those few seconds I saw my parents and sister, gave me the energy I needed to finish.

  17. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs
    May 20, 2011

    This is such a great post – makes me want to spectate as many races until I’m ready to run some of my own!!
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  18. Alaina
    May 20, 2011

    This Sunday will be my first time spectating! Well, I’ll be passing out water for the Harpoon 5 miler. But I’ll be sure to be there with a smile on my face and encouraging words! I’m actually very excited. πŸ™‚
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  19. Katie @ kindabananas.com
    May 20, 2011

    Great advice! I’ll be referencing this for future races for sure!
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  20. LauraJayne
    May 20, 2011

    Love this post! Trying to figure out a way to “accidentally” forward it to my spectators for my race next week!
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  21. Emily @ Savory and Savage
    May 20, 2011

    Great post – I loved seeing all the racing photos!
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  22. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    May 20, 2011

    so SO true! Love your tips. I have had great friends and family spectating for me….now is my turn. ha~!

  23. Katy (The Singing Runner)
    May 20, 2011

    This post is great! I normally go to races alone (I’m actually in Clearwater for 15K tomorrow and I’m by myself) so I definitely rely on other spectators to make me push through.

    I will say that the 4.2 seconds I saw my mom at mile 7 during the Disney 1/2 marathon in January was the highlight of my race! I have another half-marathon in 2 weeks and my mom won’t be with me this time- I’m hoping I pull through!
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  24. Heather
    May 20, 2011

    Haven’t you already done a post on this?

  25. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    May 20, 2011

    Haha, my aunt texted me the day after my marathon (that she came to) and said ‘Are you sore? I am from walking around so much!’ Hell yes I’m sore, I just ran 26 miles!
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  26. Christine
    May 20, 2011

    I definitely run better when I know people I know may be watching. I don’t want them to see me walk- especially if they got up at 4 in the morning.

    Volunteers too- you guys are the best!
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  27. Colleen
    May 20, 2011

    This is great! Spectating is underrated πŸ™‚
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  28. Ericka
    May 20, 2011

    Love all these tips, Meghann! As someone who has run a few of my races with no one specific in the crowd to cheer for me, I can attest to the importance of ALL spectators! I loved reading all the signs and listening to the cheers, even if they weren’t specifically for me. πŸ™‚

  29. Victoria
    May 20, 2011

    Totally agree with the “you’re almost there” comment. Twenty miles into a marathon, sadistic humor is not appreciated.

  30. Courtney
    May 20, 2011

    My husband attended one of the races I ran, when he was visiting me in Oregon, and it was so cool, knowing that someone was there for me. He never attended any of my other races, sadly, not even when I started PR’ing like crazy and bringing home 1st place medals, but oh well, maybe the first 26.2 race I run, he’ll be there. πŸ™‚
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  31. Kristen
    May 20, 2011

    Great post! I’ve been a supporter and a runner and both are hard work! Signs are the best part other than the smile on a runner’s face when you cheer for them πŸ™‚
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  32. the urban pilgrim
    May 20, 2011

    This honestly couldn’t be more true…My gf and I attended the Pittsburgh Marathon just to cheer on several family members and friends who were racing. We cheered so loud that random people from high school were messaging me on Facebook saying “Hey, I saw you at the marathon, thanks for the support!” It felt amazing to know that we helped motivate people who were running while they were motivating us at the same time!
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  33. tracey
    May 21, 2011

    Great post. I told my racing buddy how much I am missing training for a race right now, but I am looking forward to cheering her on and being a spectator at her next race this summer. And after all, being a spectator/volunteer at the Food & Wine last year is what inspired me to be run my first half at the Princess!

  34. Mary
    May 21, 2011

    I completely agree with you about signs…I love reading them along the way.
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  35. Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    May 21, 2011

    I don’t think people realize how important spectating is! It totally makes the difference. I just ran a 15k here in my little town – there were barely any people supporting and the atmosphere was totally different!
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  36. Alison (Fueling for Fitness)
    May 21, 2011

    This was such a great post, thank you!

    You are SO right about the “you’re almost there” comments. I couldn’t agree more. πŸ™‚
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  37. Raquelita
    May 22, 2011

    I just came across your awesome blog, and I’m so glad that I did! I’ve been reading through some of your posts, and I had to comment on this one because it made me so appreciative of how great a supporter my husband is of my running.
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  38. kara t.
    May 22, 2011

    I love this post! When I ran my first half marathon in October, I didn’t have a soul come out to support me. The friend that dropped me off was also picking me up and due to traffic didn’t get there until an hour after I finished. That was frustrating.

    Last weekend I ran my first marathon. There was a group of people with posters that kept popping up and they kept cheering me on. Even though they were complete strangers, I felt like they were routing for me and it was incredible! Spectators can definitely make or break a race!!
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