Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

From the Spokane Half Marathon

  • The best way to see a new city is to run a marathon in it. (Half marathons are good too.) Spokane, I salute your beautiful city.
  • I swear, the next race I run I will train for the last miles as much as I train for the first miles. (I think I told myself this after my last race too.)
  • Do not fear the hills.
  • It takes about a quarter mile to go from cold and underdressed to hot and overdressed.
  • Hey race organizers; how about taking a ten cent piece of chalk and drawing a line on the sidewalk where the finish line is. Do the same for the starting line too. And get a gun or honk a horn or make some sort of loud noise to indicate the start of the race.
  • More volunteers stationed in the last third of the course please. More cheering spectators would be good too. It's lonely near the end.
  • It sucks when your watch battery dies at the starting line.
  • Not knowing the time did not really affect my pace.
  • Not knowing the time gives me less to think about while running.
  • Who in their right mind thinks that watermelon is a good flavor for a sports drink? Are your really trying to make me barf mid race?
  • In the latter portion of the race I asked all the volunteers I passed if I was winning. Some of them said yes, some of them said no, I don't think any of them found the question as amusing as I did.
  • Some people run funny. How is it possible to move forward at a run while holding your knees together and throwing your feet out to the side? Also, dude, don't shuffle your feet. Pick your foot all the way up off the ground and then put the heel down first and roll across the ball of your foot and launch with your toe.
  • I finished this half marathon in half the time of my last marathon back in 2003. Not bad for being under trained and having a nasty cold.
  • Sorry girl right behind me at the finish line, but there was no way I was going to let you pass me in the last 100 yards of a race.
  • Extra special thanks to the girl at the race start that directed us to the empty public toilet just out of sight from the hundred person long line for the port-a-johns.
  • The next day I had almost no pain at all. That is good clean living right there.
  • If you are ever passing through Coeur d'Alene, Hudson's is the best damn hamburger joint anywhere.

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congrats on the half marathon! almost no pain the next day? What's your secret? I'm 4 days after mine and can barely walk!
I'm with you on the people running wrong thing. I have worked Grandma's Marathon in Duluth for 5 years now and some people have a serious fucked up wonder they hurt like hell the next day and need new knees at 40.
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