Sunday, October 21, 2012

The glass is half full.

I never gave much thought to the "glass half full/half empty" saying, until today.  

I always looked at it as half full, unless I poured a big glass of water, drank it, then it was half empty.

But it's still half full.





I woke up this morning at five, too excited to sleep.  Today was the Empire State Half and Full Marathon, and I was so ready to get out and cheer on the runners, especially since I had friends running the half and full distances.  I wasn't running (boooo!) but I still had the happy race day vibes kicking.  

I was volunteering with my running bud/friend bud Norine, we were at the 12 mile mark of the course, which was a pretty good spot right in town, next to the river, and more importantly, next to Dunkin' Donuts for a convenient caffeine fix when needed.    

We had to point runners in the right direction, and I was having so much fun.  I had my cowbell, and made sure I stuck to saying things like "looking good runners, keep it up!" and not "You're almost there!!" One older gentleman blew me a kiss as he ran on by.  

There is nothing like watching a marathon, and knowing exactly what these runners did to get to that point,
to give you a big dose of motivation.  If my heel would let me, I would have taken off after them to join in the fun. But it still made me happy, inspired, and excited for what I can do once I'm back in my running shoes. 

Well, I'm still wearing them, just not running in them.  

But I will. 

Because the glass is half full.

13 comments:

ajh said...

Sounds like a good day!

Jill said...

Cheering at a race is always exciting - and motivating! Glad you had a blast! :)

Johann said...

Very nice! It is always inspiring to volunteer and cheer at a race.

Evolving Through Running said...

Volunteers rock, and you rock for doing it while mentally and physically dealing with an injury. I need to pay-it-forward and spend some time volunteering. I can always use a little motivation.

Runners Fuel said...

Sounds like fun! Volunteers are the best (as long as they don't say "you're almost there")!

Teamarcia said...

You WILL be out there running soon! I feel the same way: spectating is especially fun when you know exactly what they're feeling. Turning the table to a support role is good for the soul!

Ara said...

You know, if you can't run a race, the next best thing is to volunteer for that race! So glad you had fun volunteering.

Colleen said...

You'll be back Molly! love your attitude! :)

Ali Mc said...

Love your look on life!!! I want to volunteer at a race so bad....I just spectated at a race and LOVED every second of it....must get out to volunteer though :)

J said...

Awesome! I think volunteering is almost as good as running! Also spectating is fun too - and also often less painful!

Tara said...

I cheered at a lot of races this past year and I must say, you are definitely right about the motivation part. Nothing like sitting out injured or pregnant to light a giant fire under your arse! You'll be back!

PS- I got the package you sent, you are soooo sweet Molly. Thank you! :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Thank you for volunteering, I am a big believer in giving back to the sport

karen nelson said...

Volunteering is such a fun! It is wonderful to cheer and motivate the runners. Every runner should volunteer some times.

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