The Waiting Game

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This quote is so true, yet so annoying at the same time.  Who wants to wait?  In my “real” life, I can tolerate waiting in traffic, waiting in line for my morning coffee, waiting on hold to speak to a real person … these are all things I have done so many times that I am immune to being aggravated.  Recently my husband had surgery, and we waited for three hours before he was taken to surgery; I waited for three hours before I heard how the surgery went; we waited, and waited, and waited, when we called the nurse’s desk and asked for assistance.  This kind of waiting really tests my patience, probably due to stress and fatigue and worry.

In my “running” life, I just can’t get used to the wait in corrals for the race to start.  I have learned that pre-gun, I am supposed to do “dynamic”, not “static” stretches.  Usually in the corral I’m shoulder-to-shoulder with the next person, so there is no room to be jumping around “dynamically”.  If I warm up before being herded into the corral, by the time the race starts I’m ice cold.

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A perfect example (but not the only example) of this is runDisney (insert any runDisney race name here).  Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney, have run two events, and hope to do many more.  It’s not Disney’s fault that a gazillion people sign up for their races.

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Let me put it this way – I basically couldn’t see the start line from my WDW Marathon corral.  And there were plenty of people behind me too.  We were up at 3 a.m. to catch the shuttle to the race start, where we sat around, shivered, and waited to line up in the corrals, where we waited for a half gazillion people to start before us.  For the Wine and Dine, a night race, I sat on the ground for hours before moving to the corrals (when it started pouring rain), where I waited again for the speedier Mouseketeers to start before me. Disney staggers the corral start times to avoid congestion, but that just means more waiting! And don’t even ask me about the lines of people waiting to take pictures with the characters during the races 🙂 !

Honestly, I know this is a good system and it’s what I signed up (and paid mightily) for.  But that doesn’t mean I have to like it!  I also know that to avoid this, I should run in smaller races, and I do try to look for smaller races.  But let’s face it, the fanfare and bling can really sway a girl!

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Moral of the story – Get over it, be patient, enjoy the journey because you never know if you will be lucky enough to experience it again.

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6 responses to “The Waiting Game

  1. Your first quote reminded me of ine by Spinoza, All things noble are as difficult as they are rare. Something like that 🙂

  2. I had to look it up: “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” Love it!

  3. Hey there 🙂 I could only look at your page from my phone earlier but can see it on my laptop now. I really like the upcoming races column along the right side. I need to do something with my page. I’m a half fanatic also 🙂 (#10814) I’m not sure why i never joined earlier, I ended up using a slew of runs from 2007 to get in anyway 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll get the maniac part this month and get a Double Agent number. I’ve got a 261 Fearless hashtag I use on my IG post as well (@drdukowitz)
    Is that a widget or something for the upcoming races?

  4. That is the Milestone widget I use for my races. I don’t think I will ever be a Marathon Maniac, I have so many more halfs to go before 100. There are two I definitely want to do – NYC and Little Rock. I’m wondering if our 261 Fearless references are the same … mine refers to Kathrine Switzer, who was given bib 261 when she was the first woman to register for and complete the Boston Marathon.

  5. I prefer smaller races like 1500 or so. The biggest I’ve done was in Philly – about 5,000

    If I eve ran a full, I’d do NYC or Disney but I doubt I will.

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