Yup, that’s me – Terri that is. I can’t speak for Jim on this one so much since we don’t or haven’t really discussed it but there are some things in the running world that I just don’t get and I feel like a real stick in the mud every time the topics come up. So, I have kept my mouth shut… until now. Just in case there are any other curmudgeonly runners out there, I will go ahead and say it for you.
I just don’t get…
Walt Disney World Marathon. I have read and listened podcasts of runners getting all excited about it. I went to the website and saw the photos. I have heard about the Wine and Dine, Princess Half and Goofy Challenges. I hear about the amazing medals and bling and how you stop and get your photos taken with Disney characters.
It’s not that I don’t understand the festive idea of running in costume. Jim and I have both added a little something to make a holiday race more fun. We have worn flag striped shirts for the 4th, pumpkin shirts for Halloween, jingle bells and Santa hats all of December but I’ll be darned if I am running carrying a wand in my hand or wings on my back for 2 – 4 hours. That just doesn’t sound like fun to me, it sounds like more work.
For that matter, I guess I don’t get sparkly tutus for running either. I love my running skirts for modesty and freedom of movement. In my opinion sparkly tulle would just undermine both of those reasons. A sequined and pleated tutu would be scratchy and only draw attention to my butt. No thanks, I think I would rather run in jeans.
It’s not that I can’t understand the charm of running while on vacation. This marathon, in just a couple of days, falls in the middle of winter and it probably snags a lot of runners that are on vacation with their families in Florida. But if you are going to do Disney, DO DISNEY. There is plenty to do for days and unless you can afford to go every year, I can’t understand running out of things to do while you are there spending a bunch of money already. Running in new places sounds great, I just don’t get Disney as the place to do it.
The whole running with a huge group of people is kind of a turn off for me too. I understand that the ING New York City Marathon is exactly like that but I must forgive that because of its popularity and history. I would see the crowded course as probably the biggest challenge of those 26.2 miles.
I know the support of the volunteers and spectators can carry one through the more difficult miles of a marathon. I appreciate everyone who has ever clapped as I run past them, handed me a cup of water or directed me on where to stay on the race course. I just think it is a bit over the top to want or need things like bands and cheerleaders and costumed characters and crazy snacks to get me to the finish line. If you are thinking that I probably don’t understand the whole Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series either, you are right.
I suppose I am more forgiving of events like Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder since they are meant to challenge people in different ways. It is questionable that I really consider them to be races and I know I will never participate in one that has electrical shocks.
I do believe that there is a place for races like all I have mentioned, obviously they are very popular. But with so many of the running forums all abuzz with dirtied-down, jammed-up and glammed-out races and am happy that there are still no-frills runs to choose from. Does that make me a stick in the mud?