I have to admit it – I was having second (third, fourth…) thoughts about tackling the Princess Half-Marathon again in 2014. Not because I have any doubts about my physical abilities… but because of the drama that seems drawn to this race, especially.
Until a week or so ago, I’d been feeling pretty good about trying the GlassSlipper Challenge, which combines the Enchanted 10K on Saturday with the Princess Half-Marathon the following day. I like the distance – 19.3 miles over 2 days; more than a half, less than a full, with a long nap in-between. I’ve been saving money from my grocery budget each week (don’t worry – we’re all still well fed!) to pay the gigantic registration fee. Most of all, I’ve been chatting with a GREAT group of stranger-friends on the Internet – new runners, accomplished runners, never-run-before runners, just talking about training plans, race logistics, registration processes, sharing what I learned from my own experience, cheering on and supporting the folks who are where I was a year ago, all have made me pretty darned sure I wanted another crack at Princess.
And then the drama hit. Some folks found a “secret” link to register before registration actually opened. Some folks thought taking advantage of that situation was very, very wrong. Others felt it was perfectly fine. Some wanted the link to be shared; others said “no.” Feelings were hurt. Frustrations were expressed. Resentment set in. Judgments of character were made.
Personally, I don’t have an opinion on the “secret” link situation. I chose not to use it, for a number of reasons. I also chose not to be offended by anyone who did try it because, really, it’s not my place to police others’ behavior. But the whole thing brought back to me the not-so-Fuzzy feelings I had going into the 2013 Princess Half. By Saturday, June 1, I’d decided to skip the whole dang Princess weekend.
And then I saw this:
The 2013 Prefontaine Classic. Seventeen-year-old Mary Cain came in 5th in the 800 meters… setting a new high school record. And was promptly celebrated by her competitor, Alysia Montano, in a big, big, classy way. (As an aside, this is particularly special to me – a gal who loveloveloves wearing a big, flamboyant flower in her hair.)
Not gonna lie – it made me cry.
Because that’s what the running community is to me: a place in which we support and encourage one another and celebrate the success of our fellow runners, whether they be proven elites or newcomers. Seeing an athlete of that caliber take a moment to say “Good job!” instead of indulging in a round of self-pity for not coming in first reminded me that the drama isn’t everywhere, and it doesn’t have to impact my enjoyment of running any race.
So, THANK YOU Alysia Montano, for being a class-act and for showing us all how to create some positive drama in our running lives. As for me, well…
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This is for the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Bring it. :)