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12.04.2011

Half Marathon Thoughts


Not me but this is what it feels like
  • If you have never run in 40 degree temperature in a downpour, you've missed nothing. That was insane.
  • You think everything is fine until you're forced to run through two inches of water. You have wet socks "and miles to go before you sleep."
  • This is the first year I wore extra old T-shirts and just dumped them along the way.
  • As much as I was impressed by all the runners, I was more impressed by all the volunteers (water stations, course directors, etcs.) In that weather? Way to honor a commitment. 
  • My time: 2:05:53.  Last year it was 2:05:46.  That's pretty amazing. I was one-half of a second slower per mile. 
  • The winner finished in 1:06:53. Such a show off. 
  • My nemesis Barron Green didn't enter the race! Do I remember someone commenting that he had moved away?
  • Funny sign: "Worst. Parade. Ever!"
  • Funny multiple signs held by five people: "Knock knock" -- "Who's there?" -- "Yukon" -- "Yukon who?" -- "Yukon do it!!" 
  • The run takes us right by the largest homes in Highland Park.  As I was looking at one of them, a gal beside me asked, "Is that yours?"  She was doing shtick. 
  • The race ironically starts in Fair Park which ain't no Highland Park. 
  • The first eight miles are fun and redeeming. The last five make me question why I'm doing it.
  • I'm stunned by the lack of respect for the National Anthem.  In a crowd that is predominately white, committed to goals, has disposable income of at least $80 to enter the race,  I'd say 20% refused to stop walking when the Star-Spangled Banner fired up before the race.
  • A sign which was a reference to The Office: "Hurry Up And Finish! (That's what she said!)"
  • Yuck: The race offered free pancakes in a Pavilion after the finish. Some people just sat down on the cement floor and ate while nasty runners walked within a foot of them. 
  • Half Marathoners from Decatur: Monica Brown, 2:31:54; Lilly Claborn, 2:10:58; Greg Harrison, 2:10:08; Katie Loveall, 2:35:05; John Smyers, 2:23:13 Michael Smyers, 1:35:55 (wow); Theresa Tucker, 3:55:39


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's awesome. You've single handedly talked me into running next year.
That sounds like so much fun!

I'll start training at 4 a.m. tomorrow.

HarveyLee said...

To me it was worth you going through all that pain to bring us the really funny knock knock joke.
Obviously the Bar exam does not include a psychological evaluation.

Anonymous said...

Lack of respect for the National Anthem? How about your president?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Hai7ZcF6U&feature=related

Anonymous said...

I hope you went back and picked up your nasty t-shirts. Litterer.

Anonymous said...

Did the relay leg through Highland Park and it was miserable. Best sign ever was the parade one. The puddles were the worst. I have no idea how anyone did the full marathon. We saw them at the finish; so they did it, but I'm surprised they actually ran this race.

Anonymous said...

I ran that far once but only because 2 black men were after my purse.

Cleverly Disguised said...

Well done...Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Come on BG, man up. After the first mile the body temp got up and it was not that bad. You are right, the spectators and volunteers had it worse than us.

Remote Controller said...

Nice job Barry!!! I did the full marathon and the lake was unbelievably cold. the rain and wind was just about enough for me to start stealing people's water proof clothes.

Even though it was hard, it was a lot of fun!

Plus, congrats to all the Decatur people who ran, you are troopers!!!

Lastly, the commitments by the staff of the race were probably the best part of it. Standing out there in the cold and rooting you on was really cool.

Let me know when your interested in doing the full marathon!

Anonymous said...

Rumor is the Runaway Bay Golf Cart Bandit came in at 1:34:45, thats why they couldnt catch him

Anonymous said...

I live on the full marathon route. I was amazed how many clots of sodden, freezing runners were squelching through the neighborhood. I almost spilled my hot whiskey toddy on my warm chenille blanket.

Anonymous said...

Michael Smyers runs on Decatur's Cross Country Team.

Anonymous said...

Hello....hello....can you hear me....hello......hello.....I cannot hear you.....hello....can you hear me.....hello?

I was calling to congratulate you on your half-marathon.

Double Fake Kip Keino

Anonymous said...

I'm stunned they played the National Anthem.

Anonymous said...

The 20% were probably liberal weenies.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the runners. It was a hard to run and watch. Shout out to that Smyers clan.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all that ran! It looked miserable on TV. I second that shout out to the Smyers duo!

Anonymous said...

Were drugs and alcohol invovled?

Anonymous said...

Why?

Anonymous said...

Barron, you'll be missed.