Picture the following. It's race day. You've been working hard for a while now, and you're ready to race. So is everyone else. There are thousands of people with goals to meet. You get into the race chute and you line up. The countdown happens, the gun goes off, you cross the mat, start your watch, and you know it's time to race. Around you, you see people of all shapes and sizes wearing all different things. Shorts, tights, compression socks, headphones, trashbags (it's a little drizzly), jackets, singlets, crop tops, short short short shorts, water belts with 5 bottles, KT tape, knee braces, snazzy headbands, bright shoes, no shoes, toe-shoes. Whatever. You get the picture. It's a sea of runners. Now, you know how to handle race morning, so you lined up accordingly in your proper corral, but as you come up on the 2 mile mark of your half marathon, people who sprinted out of the chute and didn't line up in their proper corral are walking - in the middle of the road. The middle - the space where you're trying to run. You're trying to get around groups running 5 wide all wearing headphones. They can't hear you, and there is no space to pass. Of course when you try to pass, you spook them and they jump right into you, knocking you into the curb. Now you're a little annoyed. The walker is now sprinting past you only to cut you off and walk again in half a mile. You push hard up the hill and use the downhill. You fly down it in a controlled manner. As you're enjoying your controlled downhill, next to you comes someone flailing down the hill waving their arms around and they slam into you on their way by and look at you like you're the one in the way. They stop right in front of you at the bottom of the hill because they used all their energy flailing.
Have you been there before? Probably so. It can be frustrating and can take your focus away from your race. So, here's a bit of race etiquette although we are probably preaching to the choir here:
On the Course
Watch What You Say
Race day is special for everyone. So, take care and make sure you do your part to help make race day fun and safe for those around you.
Great job to our KC runners this weekend. You rocked it.
See you Wednesday morning for the 30-20-10 workout.
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