Monday, November 8, 2010

New experience

Yesterday, I served as a course monitor for the City of Oaks Marathon and Half Marathon.  My assignment had me stationed at Snow Avenue/Hillsborough Street from ~6:30 a.m. to around 7:45 a.m.  The City of Oaks race started at 7 a.m.  While I was expecting to see many different types of people, I didn't realize there would be such diversity in the race:
  • Several guys (and a few girls) running about a 5 minute/mile pace
  • No less than 4 pregnant women.  When I say pregnant, I mean belly-button out and running
  • "Skinny" and "fat" people (I hate those labels, but how else can you describe it?)
  • Old and young
  • Straight runners, run/walkers, and walkers
Being able to see so many different people on the same course, all trying to accomplish the same simple goal of just finishing was an inspiration for me.  After my course monitor assignment was over, I joined some of the NCRC gals over at Applebee's, near Meredith College.  We decided to meet up there to cheer on one of our NCRC friends that was running.  Beth is one of those folks that I can definitely call an inspiration too.  Beth and I have similar histories with our weight loss and she is definitely a person from whom I gain hope and positive thoughts.

I'll be out there next year!


  1. Very neat! I bet it was cool being a course monitor! My husband was amazed last time he came with me to a Half Marathon at all the different types of people running!! It's really incredible! :0)

  2. Thank you for being a course monitor! I have yet to volunteer at a race, I'm always running in the race, but I think the experience would be great. It would definitely be fun to people watch. :)