I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon last year as my first marathon. It was the worst day of my life at the moment and then as soon as I crossed that finish line, it became one of the best days. It is amazing how things change when you accomplish a goal that you thought for sure was out of reach just months before or even just 3 miles before. By mile 23 of that run, I was toast. I was on the verge of tears as a 25 year old man (I use the term “man” loosely). At that point, I was walking then running for about 15 seconds before walking again. It was incredibly painful physically and mentally. I’m usually not one to give up on things because I am extremely competitive but at that point, all I wanted was to be done. It took one guy to come up behind me, pat me on the back and say “c’mon.” That was it. With that one gesture, I kept pace with that guy until I saw the finish line. I didn’t see that guy after we crossed the finish line, but he saved my race and day. I don’t know what I would have done had I not finished, especially having already gone 23 miles.
This time around, I will not be running. I have been training still and running, but I wanted to sit this one out and cheer. Running NYC really got me amped up to cheer. For the entire 26 miles there (apart from the bridges), the streets were lined with people cheering and it was so much fun to have those people screaming your name or in my case, my town because I was in my OKC Thunder jersey. I have quite a few friends running in the Memorial Marathon so I wanted to be out on the course to encourage them. It has always looked really fun to be sitting and cheering every race I’ve been in so I am getting really excited for this one. Take a look at the map for the race.
I already have my spots scoped out for the event, sign ideas are already in the works but I still need to get the champagne chilled and orange juice as well as the Coors Light. I’ve got a month, so I feel pretty confident that I can get those things in order in time for the race. Be on the look out for me around miles 6-7 and 22-23. Drop on by and I’ll have a cold one ready for you… that invitation is extended to spectators and runners alike.