Neighborhood Support - Somewhere around mile 7 we were in a perfectly quaint little neighborhood that came out to cheer on runners, even those of us in the back of the pack. I think my favorite "cheerleaders" were the little kids who set up along the road to hand out high fives to everyone who passed. I think they reminded me of my little boys who I wish could have been there cheering mommy on!
More time for donuts (or other pit stops) - That's right. I said donuts. I was surprised, and excited, to see Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins at one of the fuel stops along the run. When your time is not the most important part of the day you have time to stop and smell the donuts - and eat them too! Other races may feature fun stops too - like the character greetings during a runDisney race. When you're enjoying life in the slow lane, there is always time to stop for a smile.
Let's end with a little pick-me-up for some runners who might feel like they are "too slow" for a certain race or to call themselves a runner. By embarking on the training journey and participating in the race, you're already accomplishing an amazing feat that many others don't even dare to attempt. Whether you are running 8 minute miles or 15 minute miles, stand tall, stand proud, and enjoy the run!