Today I spectated my first race. Usually I am the one participating, but this time, I was reporting for CultureMap and watching for fun. Spectating is just as fun as running, but you don’t have to take a nap and a shower after! And you can walk without pain the next day.
Race results story: Rain didn’t stop the run at Houston Marathon
If you ever get a chance to watch or volunteer for a local race, it is very rewarding and inspiring. I recommend it! Watching 22,000 runners go past you really makes you want to run with them. It’s an awesome experience for the runner, and just as fun to watch too.
Last year I watched the marathoners go by outside my gym and the next day I signed up for my first 10K race. Two months after that, I started to blog. And 9 months after that, I ran my first half marathon. Watching runners is powerful. (Here’s a background to my running story.)
Here are some pictures from today:
My friend Allison and I waited around Mile 8 for her husband, Freddy, to run by. It was his first half marathon. Go Freddy!
A rainy and humid day in Houston, but Houstonians expect this weather sometimes.
The male winner, an Ethiopian, broke all records. Sub 4:30 minute miles is faster than I can put on makeup.
The winning woman crossing the finish line.
At the post-race press conference, three Americans discuss the race. The one on the left had a bad race (came in 6th). The middle guy came in 2nd, and the end woman came in 3rd and did better than she expected.
This is a close-up of her from Friday’s pre-race press conference. Her name is Stephanie Rothstein and she is 27 years old. She ran a sub-2:30 marathon today for her first time to come in 3rd place. Her story is interesting because she discovered she had Celiac Disease last March. Her running was not doing well and she struggled to run longer than 25 minutes. After she started changing her foods, she bounced back.
She will come back to Houston next January to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympic team.