Thanks you for joining me!
My name is Michelle. I initially thought of this blog several years ago when I found myself running around my own city, trying to spectate a half marathon for the first time. I was not a runner. The only race distance I knew was that a 5K = 3.1 miles. While I have come quite a ways since then, I am still learning every day, every training season, every race what it means to be a spectator spouse.
Who might find this blog helpful: anyone who has anything to do with watching or competing in an organized, timed race or athletic event. This will be geared towards the husbands, wives, partners, spouses, fiances, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, significant others and families of endurance athletes: the marathoners, half marathoners, Ironman triathletes that we know and love.
I hope this to become a place of shared spectating tips, an insightful sharing of the beauty it takes to love and live with an endurance athlete and the daily ins and outs of a sport we put so much into, even if we aren’t the one crossing the finish line.
I believe that the hard work is not done solely by the person training. I believe that it does take a village to get to the starting line. I also believe that during a race, it is no one but the athlete who can get themselves across the finish line. They have to put the time and the work in– we can merely do our best to make sure they know they are supported along the way. If that is done by funny signs, loud cheers, ringing a cowbell or walking alongside them making sure they are okay, that is all beautiful, good stuff. They do whatever it takes and we do whatever it takes.
I have yet to not shed a tear at a finish line. It is usually this sense of overwhelming pride that washes over me. It is also selfishly tears of joy for the race being over, knowing that I can have a few weeks of not sharing my athlete with his training, even though I love him more for it.
May this blog help you find your own starting line to be a supportive, knowledgeable spectator spouse.
While the ultimate goal is to get to race day and cross that finish line, I hope you can enjoy the journey and gather a few tips along the way.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton