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Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon: 2013 Recap - Fun Flavors of Support
Last marathon of 2013.
Seagull trip (swoop in, grab a marathon, fly out) with Webmaster Bill, and JoeWee Heinrichs. We flew into DC, drove to Rehoboth Beach, DE, with a very brief stop in Dover to see the capitol.
Before the start, JoeWee and I speculated on how many times we'll see the ever present 'Worst Parade Ever' sign, and where would we hear the first 'Eye of the Tiger' of the day. Both are pretty inevitable during a marathon.
I am pretty neutral on crowd support. Most of it is fine. There are a few things that get little annoying, but I need to keep in perspective that normal humans don't do 1 or 2 of these a month, and so they don't see the same things over and over.
And once in a while, I am treated to a new sign or new form of support, that really makes me laugh or smile.
We had 2 of these this time. There are countless signs that have a message about how tough a marathon is, and how tough the runners are, etc. But today's sign that made me chuckle said "Making signs isn't that easy either". I love it!
The second, and based on the comments on the marathon's facebook page, this was fun for many.
One of the road crossings, which was about mile 6 outbound, and mile 25 inbound, was patrolled by a big burly police officer. If R. Lee Ermey and Smokey the Bear had a love child, it would be this guy. As we crossed, he barked out gruff orders "Get off my road" and "I better not see you walking" and "Hurry up cupcake." I have to admit, it wouldn't be well received from just anyone, but from him, it was really fun.
We finished our Delaware marathon, and had barely enough time to stuff down some great post-race food before heading back to the airport.
Sub 4 marathon state 39, for both of us.
Lifetime marathon number 76.
19th and final marathon of 2013.
Gobbler Grind Marathon: 2013 Recap - Brrrrrr!
Cold. Cold. Cold.
I traveled to Overland Park, KS all by myself. My first marathon trip completely solo. So, I brought my laptop, and a small work project that required a lot of brain power, that would be nice to work on in a quiet hotel room.
The starting temperature was 12 degrees according to my phone... significantly colder than the 24 degrees that I had anticipated based on studying the forecast all week long. I have plenty of experience running in colder temperatures, but not in November. Not with no time to acclimate. I put on everything I brought. If there was a marathon for photographer webmaster Bill to miss, it would be this one, since everyone looked like they were evading any type of visual recognition.
There were no mile markers on the course, and my Garmin was buried under a few layers. At our turn-around points, we were able to ask what the mileage was, and were told 'about 12.5' and 'about 22'. Other than that, I really didn't know mileage, pace, or time.
At the aid station at mile 'about 22', the water had finally succumbed to the cold temperatures, and as I tried to pour my cup of water into my mouth, absolutely nothing happened. I had to pound it on the table to break it up and get a little bit of 'plain slushy'... which caused an ice cream head ache, which is really a bummer when it doesn't involve actual ice cream.
I finished, grabbed a snack, headed back to my hotel, turned the climate controls to 'sauna', and stood motionless in a very very hot shower attempting to thaw out. When I finally emerged, there was so much steam, the visibility in the bathroom was about 4 inches. I felt around for my towel and clothes, and got dressed.
Sorry, Kansas, I didn't go to any local restaurants, do any sight seeing, I have nothing to report about the area.
Sub 4 marathon state 38.
Lifetime marathon 75.
18th marathon this year.
Marine Corps Marathon: 2013 Recap - Incidental Affects from Boston
Our trip to DC for the Marine Corp Marathon included Webmaster Bill, our son Danny, and friends Abby and JoeWee Heinrichs.
We met Abby and Joey's friends Jeff and Emily for a very nice dinner at Ristorante Piccolo
. We spent the whole day after the marathon visiting the memorials and museums.
Marathon day was very nice. JoeWee and I ran together. Abby also ran the full marathon. We saw fellow 50 Sub 4 Member
Cade Remsburg around mile 4. We stumble upon Cade often. We saw Bob Schluben
after we finished. Bob is running 52 marathons in 2013 to raise money for 2 charities. We met Bob in Brookings, South Dakota, and we stumble upon him rather often too.
Bill and Danny watched from a few places on the course. We all had a nice lunch at J. Paul's
in Georgetown afterwards.
As I write this more than a month after the fact, the most memorial part of the marathon was the ridiculously long line for packet pick up. When we got to the general area, we could not even tell where the end of the line was. We walked and walked and walked, and finally found the end of the line. JoeWee started his Garmin, because it was so long. We were in line for about 55 minutes, and literally... 1 whole mile. Not kidding. Not exaggerating. When we finally arrived in the tent, it was basically empty. There were several booths arranged by number blocks, to retrieve your race bib. There was NO WAITING of any kind inside the tent. The entire bottleneck was caused by simply not allowing people to get into the tent fast enough. It was extremely frustrating.
After getting our race bibs, we proceeded to the expo, which was across the street, and involved another very very very long line. So, greater portion of our day before the marathon simply involved waiting. Bummer, since DC has just a few other things we would have like to spend some time at.
I realize that the additional security measures were added because of the incident in Boston. The searches we had to go through took extra time, which caused the long lines. If time consuming searches need to be done, then there needs to be enough staff searching simultaneous lines of people, to be able to handle the volume of people that can be processed once inside the event. An empty tent for getting our bibs tells me that they should have had about 5 to 10 times the number of people checking us on the way in.
Terrorists win when they hurt people. However, they also win when additional security hinders our enjoyment of life. We need to continue enjoying our lives. We need to balance safety and yet also accept that daily life involves some amount of risk. We can only reduce the risk, it cannot be eliminated. That is life. Let's go enjoy it.
Marathon sub 4 state number 37.
Lifetime marathon number 74.
17th marathon in 2013.
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