When there are big races going on that I have done in the past, or maybe that I wanted to do, if I don’t end up doing them, I still always think about them a lot while they’re happening. I especially enjoy it if I’m doing something completely different at the time, because then I imagine how hilarious it would be if I was doing that same thing while I was running.
Today was the Portland Marathon. I had no intentions of running it this year, but I did run it in 2010, and last year I ran the last 8 miles with my sister. This year, here are the things I did instead of running the marathon:
1. The race started at 7AM. Today, I was asleep at 7AM, and I didn’t stop this activity until about 8:30. Imagine how ridiculous it would be if I was sleeping on the race course.
2. Around 9AM I ate a chocolate chip waffle and an egg on a piece of toast. This wouldn’t be very funny to do while I was running, but it would probably be pretty good running fuel, which after 2 hours of running, I would need. Maybe not the egg.
3. A little after that, I took a couple of dogs to a park, and we played on the play structure. This would be a really weird thing to do during a race, and dogs aren’t allowed, so I would be in trouble.
4. My next move was to watch television until 11AM. There would be several problems with this during a marathon, the biggest one being that I was actually watching Hulu Plus on Playstation, and I’m not sure the marathon course has wifi on the whole route.
5. At 11, I drove downtown, which would be appropriate marathon conduct in that I was getting closer to the finish line, but inappropriate in that I know for a fact that driving during a footrace is frowned upon.
I was still driving at 11:15, which based on my previous marathon times, is around when I finished. After that, my head-thoughts went back to normal, because then I was just doing my usual stuff, and not doing just doing my usual stuff instead of running a marathon.
To everyone who actually ran the marathon, nice work! I just hope you’re not disappointed on all of the things that you could have been doing instead, like watching television.