Today’s Tuesdays on the Run link up is about race signs, and I’m now a novice sign maker.
DisBroad Shannon has some mad sign-making skills. Here are a couple of her creations.
I was a little intimidated when I decided to chEAR for runDisney’s Princess Enchanted 10K. I have always been so appreciative of the spectators, volunteers, and chEARleaders (I promise that will be the last time I cheese it up with the EAR) at races, why hadn’t I actually done it yet? The DisBroads came home raving about all the fun they had cheering on the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and supporting DisBroads Suzanne and Kristen.
They also mentioned how much they loved seeing our friend Lisa during the Walt Disney World Marathon course and what a big boost it was for them. I also wanted to be there for our friends. Time to suck it up, Buttercup, and sacrifice sleep for the greater good.
Shannon recommended Mr. Sketch Scented Markers as the best, so I promptly bought some and a few poster board before I left home and then left them in my bedroom until procrastination packing happened for Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I thought of a Kanye poster, chuckled to myself, and got the eyeroll from my husband. Perfect. I begged him to at least draw a medal for me since I have zero artistic talent. Then I threw some more poster board and markers into my suitcase and hoped to make some more to cheer on our friends during the Princess 10K since a bunch of us were only running the Princess Half Marathon.
Patty, Julie, Amy, and I were staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and other friends were staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Both were perfect locations to cheer for the 10K. The runners literally run on the BoardWalk, so it wasn’t quite so painful to wake up early. My Disney Parks Moms Panelist roomie and best bus buddy forever, Amy, gave me some serious side eye when I told her of the plan, but she happily obliged to the wake-up call. We woke up, I threw on a hat, and we just stepped outside and saw runners. Woo-Hoo! Easy peasy. It was the perfect location. Then Amy gave me some more side eye when I told her we needed to walk to the BoardWalk Bakery to meet our other friends.
Luckily we were able to squeeze by the runners on one side and walk across the bridge and met up with more Moms Panel friends. My friend Amy H. was dressed as Cruella Deville for the cheering festivities, and she was a riot. Every time she saw a runner dressed as a dalmatian, I thought she was going to chase them to the finish line.
Jen and I had a little friendly competition to see whose sign was more popular once we noticed people actually appreciated our signs! Runners would laugh at my sign or kiss Jen’s Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ sign. Some would stop and take their pictures with them. We had such a blast cheering, clapping, high five-ing, encouraging and even laughing with the runners. Everyone had a story, and it was fun to be a part of it. I felt grateful to be a part of someone else’s memory. And I felt so proud of everyone who started that race. I witnessed a lot of courage and inspiration.
We even made some signs with all of our friends’ names on them so they would know we were thinking about them. It’s nice to have a cheering section and see a friendly face on the course. Patty and Julie were incredible indeed.
This is something I want to make an extra effort to do in the future. Maybe come in a day early to be a spectator during a race weekend. Sometimes it’s more important to be supportive than run all the races.
But the sign pressure! I really didn’t know how popular my Kanye sign was going to be. Friends would tag me in Instagram photos and Facebook posts with the sign. I even heard stories of people who it encouraged. Sometimes a laugh is what you need when you’re struggling to finish a race or to put one foot in front of the other. I usually only make myself laugh, so it really put a smile on my face to know that perhaps I made a few others laugh that day, too. But now, the pressure to top that sign for next time… Man, I sure hope Kanye does some other ridiculous thing I can make fun of, and I hope he lets me finish.