This is the second time that I ran in a running skirt. Yes, honestly, or at least it’s the second time that it’s been documented. You can check this blog post 2 years ago for the first time.
So… why did I run in a skirt!?! It was the best way to have a front row seat to all of the inspirational runners out there. I’ve said it before, but I’ve got to say it again… I would not be running if it wasn’t for my sister, Denise. That’s really why I love supporting the Heels & Hills Half Marathon race. This race is geared to women and celebrating their accomplishments. So, they ask the male pace runners to dress in running skirts as a fun kind of distraction. Felix and I were definitely distractions.
We had a great time with the 2:10 pace group. We tried to crack jokes and keep the mood light as the humidity was getting on the thick side! Whenever we ran under a bridge we yelled out a collective primal scream. It was pretty darn fun and therapeutic all at the same time! I would announce that we were going to do a countdown and then scream. We had a couple of people looking forward to the next bridge.
Besides being comedic relief, we reminded everyone to stay hydrated and to listen to their bodies. Today was not the day to set a PR because of the humidity. Finishing was the goal!
Felix and I had fun picking out the matching shirts. Thanks to Michelle for letting us borrow her skirts. :) Ursula, my wife, did an awesome job making the sign. We’re going to keep that one for next year. Both Felix and I sported smiley faces on our calves. We also had “2:10 or Bust” signs on our backs.
Like I mentioned, I got to have a front row seat to all of the inspirational stories out there. It was so great to meet Alicia’s mom before her first 5K race. Check out her mom’s race recap here. It was very touching. When you have excuses popping up of why not to run or race, read her race recap.
I also had fun spending time with the 3:00 pace group. Elaine let me tag along where I got to meet Vivian. It was her first marathon. I asked her how she was doing, she said she was dying. I told her that she’s actually living. It was great to finish with both of them. I love experience first half marathons again and again! :)
So, guys… if you’re ever asked to wear a running skirt… do it! Ok, ok, instead if you’re asked to pace a race… do it! It’s rewarding beyond what words can describe!