This weekend was a Dash for Dad four miler. I had originally planned to race it, but lately I’ve not felt like I’m physically and mentally up for racing, so I was having a hard time hitting the register button. Luckily, I never got around to it because Pacers’ medic asked me if I’d help out at the finish line. I am CPR and first aid certified and I dial a mean 911, so I said yes. (Don’t worry, there were two nurses right there and EMTs just a block away. ) I figured my role would mostly be as an extra set of eyes and someone to hand out band aids and provide sympathy when a runner crossed the puke threshold. Luckily, I didn’t even have to do any of that. As usual, it was a wonderfully well organized race and a lot of fun for everyone. I look forward to getting to help out again in the future.
- I think I need to designate a pair of shoes as “puke shoes”. Not every race is going to go as good as this one did.
- People need to look in the mirror before they leave the house. I’m all about wearing what’s comfortable for racing, but there are just some things I don’t need to see. Really.
- If your bra size contains two letters (and they aren’t AA), then a tank with a built in bra is probably not enough support.
- I went for a run after the race and nearly stopped at a half mile because of a side cramp. I can’t remember the last time I got that kind of cramp!
- At the rate I’m going, pretty soon a granny with a walker is going to be able to go faster than me. Not sure why my speed and endurance are taking a huge downhill turn.
- Today I ran four miles, focusing on cadence. I’ve got to figure out how to increase cadence without also increasing my heart rate. It was a decent run, but I was exhausted when I got done.
School ends Friday. I’m ready and not ready at the same time. Fingers crossed I can hang onto my sanity…
11 thoughts on “Dash for Dad Volunteer Race Report + random stuff”
the weather is killing everyone right now. i ended up bailing on that race too and zonked out on the couch all day. also, you are rocking a mean yellow jacket!
This heat/humidity has been zapping me!I seriously want to volunteer as a nurse at a marathon, HIM or IM. I think it would be awesome.
Hmmm, looking mighty official in your official yellow jacket!
nice work volunteering..next best thing and maybe sometimes when you don't feel like it, the best thing to running! Hope the cadence work helps…heat and speed are a killer combo..and not in a good way for mat least!
You made me laugh at "puke shoes"! Glad you didn't need them this weekend.
When you figure out the cadence/heartrate thing, post about it. I need to work on the same thing.
That was a brave volunteer position – glad you didn't get puked on!School's out already? Eek! Times like this I was I was a student.
So awesome of you to volunteer 🙂 Love the puke shoes idea… and for real some people should tether their girls down a little better. Ouch!Hope your running mojo comes back soon 🙂
LOL at the mirror comment. I often wonder if there are a whole lot of people out there who don't own mirrors.
"If your bra size contains two letters (and they aren't AA), then a tank with a built in bra is probably not enough support." Amen to that!
I'm glad you had a good time volunteering. I had debated signing up, but wasn't feeling motivated enough. Hopefully I will run into you at another local race soon though.