Today is usually the day I do a “Workout Wednesday” post. I’ve decided to put it on hold this week because I’m doing the Ripped in 30 Challenge at the moment. They will continue next week when I will post about Week 1 of my challenge.
I mentioned on Saturday that Mr. B and I would be working the Quad City Marathon. Sunday came around and after a late Saturday night bonfire, we had to crawl out of bed that morning. We put on our awesome matching lime green shirts and headed out to the Iwireless Center where the finish line would be for the race.
We thought we would be handing out medals, but were told they were needing help with handing out race blankets. We quickly got to work with handing out blankets to mostly half marathon runners and teams who did the marathon medley. There were moments when we’d get a rush, then moments when there was nobody for a bit. I chatted with one of the other volunteers, when full marathoners began piling in.
It was really amazing to see these people cross the finish line doing either something they have never done before or something they have done a few times before. There were people who said they would never do it again and even a pacer who was running her 240th marathon! Handing out blankets and giving congrats to those who crossed the line was inspiring. There were tears and many looks of shock. One guy came to get a blanket from me and said “Well after I puked my guts out, I got chilly and decided I did need one of these!”
There were scary moments too where we saw a few people collapse. Several people were taken away by medics while I was pulling race blankets and stuffing them in my pockets to make a fancy skirt. (and to be prepared for the rushes) I got to thinking to myself….
I really don’t think I would ever do a marathon. EVER….
Most of those people looked absolutely miserable and I don’t think I would enjoy it. Lol. Now, don’t get me wrong, what they have done is absolutely amazing. I give them a lot of credit for running 26.2 miles, for taking the time to train, and pushing their bodies to extremes they probably doubted they could do.
Seeing these people has definitely inspired me to set more fitness related goals though. Such as doing the Warrior Dash (who doesn’t wanna get muddy?!) or even just being able to do 100 pushups. I focus too much on my weight related goals, than fitness ones. So, I will be coming up with some in the near future to work on!
Have you ever complete a marathon or want to do one?
What are some fitness related goals you have?