Spring Spectating Snafus
|March 20, 2011||Posted by Lauren under Running|
Spring has finally arrived, which means race season is upon us! Even if you’re not a runner yourself, you can be a part of the excitement by cheering on your favorite runners at your local races. Spectating is a lot of fun, but don’t be fooled – it isn’t all fun and games. You’ve got to get up early, coordinate with your runner(s), and stand outside (sometimes for hours!) waiting for them to come by. So if you’re going to go through all that work, you want to make sure you do the best job possible, right?
I’m sure by now you’ve heard all sorts of advice about how to be a great spectator:
- Tell your runner where you’ll be standing on the course so they know where to find you
- Cheer and clap loudly (for everyone, not just the one or two people you know who are running)
- Bring fun signs
- Shout encouraging things like, “Looking great!” “Awesome job!” or “Go ______!”
But what about any spectating faux pas?? Next time you head to the sidelines, here are a few things you should probably avoid:
1.) Don’t see your runner off by telling her that you’re just going to head out for coffee and a warm breakfast while she’s running. Chances are she won’t take this news well.
2.) Don’t wear shoes without socks when you plan to stand outside and cheer on a windy, 40 degree day. They may look cute, but spectating is all about comfort, not fashion. And when a 3 year old comes up to you and asks, “Why are you wearing those shoes??” you know you’ve made a bad choice.
3.) Don’t forget to actually put your memory card in your camera before you head to the race – that internal memory doesn’t hold many pictures.
4.) Don’t use up what little storage space you have on said camera by taking pictures of the puppies you see on the sidelines.
5.) Don’t get so distracted playing with those puppies that you miss your runner coming by.
6.) After the race, don’t comment on how tired a runner looks, how sluggish they appeared on the course, or how crazy you think their race outfit is.
7.) Don’t suggest going out to lunch after the race and then make the runner pay for it….even if it is a date.
8.) And finally, don’t embarrass your runner by taking pictures of them stuffing their face during lunch. They worked hard after all, and they’ve got to replenish those calories!
Regardless of what goes right or wrong, the most important thing is that you’re out there, cheering for your runner. So be a part of this race season and get out there and cheer! Your runner will appreciate it more than you know.