I love competing and I love pushing my body to its physical limits, but I also love running big races like this because I’m a people watcher. Runners tend to lean toward the loony side of the sanity spectrum, and half marathons tend to attract some real characters. I saw women wearing tutus. I saw men wearing gas masks. I saw a runner smoking a cigarette 15 minutes before start time. I saw a male spectator wearing nothing but a wig and a Speedo. Sometimes I need people like this to distract me from the pain.
Another part of racing I love? The t-shirts. Some people wear shirts boasting the current or previous races. Some people wear homemade shirts as they run in remembrance of a loved one. And some people don shirts with slogans. Whether the sayings are motivational or humorous, their entertainment value is priceless. I think I spent as much time reading the backs of people’s shirts as I did looking at my Garmin GPS watch to check my pace. So thank you to all those runners who wore slogan t-shirts…you helped keep my mind off of my screaming muscles and reminded me of the fun side of racing.
And here are my…
Top 10 Running T-Shirt Slogans