January in Chicago is not fun in case you haven’t heard. It’s cold, windy, icy and did I mention cold? So why not have a half-marathon along the Lakeshore path in January? Great idea!
I personally do not enjoy running outside unless the weather is perfect so the thought of running 13.1 miles in Chicago in January when it’s 12 degrees is not appealing to me in any shape or form. My friends however are crazy and decided they would love nothing more than to run this half. Naturally I couldn’t be left out so I put together a cheer squad:
Motivating right? If our faces somehow weren’t inspirational enough for our running friends we made really amazing signs:
Talented- yes I know. Back to cheering. Despite the cold (12 DEGREES PEOPLE), the race was actually a really fun one to spectate! Our first spot was located around mile 4 and our second around mile 11 which meant we were out there for about 2 hours.
My cheer philosophy is the crazier the better. When I run a race, I LOVE to see someone out there cheering, dancing and acting a fool-that to me is a major boost. So that’s what I did. I danced, I screamed (and later developed a cough) and cheered on all the runners that were crazy enough to do this. I’m fairly certain the rest of the cheer squad kept slowly inching their way away from me….whatever I’m so glad we all went out to cheer! With the race being on such a cold day not many people came out to spectate so our cheer squad worked extra hard to give peeps a little boost.
My favorite part? As we were walking back to the car I spotted the Muddy Monk himself (Art) running and jamming out to his music. He looked like he was having a BLAST. Come to think of it, 90% of the runners out there seemed to be having a great time. Isn’t that what running is all about? Seeing people with a big smile on their face during a run is my absolute favorite thing. Knowing people are out there having run-highs gets me through those hours of boredom on the elliptical…
Congrats you crazy F^3 runners!
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
What has been your favorite race (or sporting event) to spectate?