Some Casual Observations from the St. Louis Marathon, 2007

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Remember when everyone ran the mile in high school? Well, that was the last time I’ve run with a group of people. Having run on my own for the past year or so — and with an “official” race under my belt — I’ve realized that things have changed a bit:


1.) Races have water AND Gatorade! But don’t drink too much Gatorade. Drink more water.


2.) If you start towards the end of the line, you’ll pass all the walkers and feel like you’re super fast.


3.) If you’re male and over 70, it’s acceptable to stop by the side of the road, drop trow, and take a poopity poop.


4.) You may see a fair amount of puke on the street, but it subsides after Mile 4.


5.) Even though they tell you not to bring an iPod, you can use your iPod. Nobody cares.


6.) Don’t check your bag. The baggage check guys are 18 year-olds from a local moving company, and are NOT there on a Sunday morning to help you find your bag in a fast and cheerful manner.


7.) There will be a beer tent at the finish line. Have a drink of water, and then chug a beer. It will taste awesome.


8.) There will be a banana stand at the finish line. Grab a banana or two and eat those bananas. They will taste awesome.


9.) When registering for the race, don’t say you’re with “TEAM MARSHALL” or some other last name. The volunteers won’t think it’s all that funny.


10.) When they tell you to get-up 2 hours before the start of the race, DO IT. You’ll relish the time for mental preparation, a bagel, coffee, and . . . (see #3).

st_louis_arch_1.jpg

Remember when everyone ran the mile in high school? Well, that was the last time I’ve run with a group of people. Having run on my own for the past year or so — and with an “official” race under my belt — I’ve realized that things have changed a bit:


1.) Races have water AND Gatorade! But don’t drink too much Gatorade. Drink more water.


2.) If you start towards the end of the line, you’ll pass all the walkers and feel like you’re super fast.


3.) If you’re male and over 70, it’s acceptable to stop by the side of the road, drop trow, and take a poopity poop.


4.) You may see a fair amount of puke on the street, but it subsides after Mile 4.


5.) Even though they tell you not to bring an iPod, you can use your iPod. Nobody cares.


6.) Don’t check your bag. The baggage check guys are 18 year-olds from a local moving company, and are NOT there on a Sunday morning to help you find your bag in a fast and cheerful manner.


7.) There will be a beer tent at the finish line. Have a drink of water, and then chug a beer. It will taste awesome.


8.) There will be a banana stand at the finish line. Grab a banana or two and eat those bananas. They will taste awesome.


9.) When registering for the race, don’t say you’re with “TEAM MARSHALL” or some other last name. The volunteers won’t think it’s all that funny.


10.) When they tell you to get-up 2 hours before the start of the race, DO IT. You’ll relish the time for mental preparation, a bagel, coffee, and . . . (see #3).