Truth or Dare Series: TRUTH
By: Rachel Gibson
Continuing on with my childish antics (hey, a girl’s got to work with what she’s got, and what I’ve got is a very immature personality…what gives?), it’s time for the polar of the previous series (found here if you haven't read it)…it’s time for TRUTH. So here’s my question, and I expect full honesty, as that’s what I’m giving you for your judgment-of-random-strangers pleasure: what is the most shameless reason you’ve signed up for a race?
C’mon, let’s hear it, there are a million reasons besides the standard “I heard this was a great course”, “I love the crowd support” or “It’s such a beautiful getaway”. Blah, blah, blah! I want the dirt! I want the truth! I have heard of several, ranging from—
-The shirts are so cute this year, I have to have one! (Umm, hello Bank of America Chicago Marathon tech tee, you are beautiful…)
-So-and-so ran this and got a PR, I have to beat her time! (Also guilty of this. And yes, I did.)
-I need to get away from work/family and this race seemed like a good excuse! (Shame on you. And me.)
-Everyone else is doing this race, so why shouldn’t I? (I don’t call this shameless. I call this a good time.)
My own personal truth (and judge me all you want, I know I do): I signed up for the 2010 Georgia Marathon just so I could go back to the city to drink their local beer. That’s right, after moving away from Peachtree St. to a place where Sweetwater Blue was nowhere in sight, I found myself craving that deliciously crisp lager…but traveling from Chicago to Atlanta just for beer...hardly seemed right. Traveling from Chicago to Atlanta for a marathon and a beer…bingo! So I did just that. I sat in Mellow Mushroom in Midtown enjoying a pitcher of Blue (oh hush, it wasn’t all for me!) and ran 26.2 miles through the city’s streets all in one weekend. And it was glorious. Truth be told, I feel no shame; I enjoyed every minute of it. And those’re my beans, spilled all over the floor…so how about you? What’s your shameless truth?
And of course you can always follow me on Twitter: @nomad_runner!