I planned for an amazing Sunday. I set the entire afternoon aside to watch the Women's Olympic Marathon streaming live from the BBC. I love watching marathons live; sure, it's 2+ hours of running, but it always ends up very exciting. And this is the first Olympic Marathon for me that I've actually been interested in running. I was stoked.
I was excited to see Desiree Davila; her 2nd place Boston finish was the first marathon I ever watched. It was incredible because I didn't quite understand what I was watching & she came out of nowhere. I was excited to see Shalane Flanagan & Kara Goucher for the first time. I've heard a lot about these two & I really like Shalane's competitive spirit.
|Teamwork & tan lines.|
Sidenote: Another thing that really bothered me was the water stations. The winner, Tiki Gelana, managed to make an amazing comeback after being knocked over by another runner at a water station early on in the race (what would her time have been if she hadn't had to stop for bandaging?). Later in the race, one of the leaders kept dropping her water bottle right next to her... not throwing it out in front of her. So the runners next to her actually tripped on the water bottle! That's really dangerous & inconsiderate to your fellow runners. I've been trying to figure out/remember who it was, but none of the reports include this information. But the BBC Live announcers commented on it & showed replays of the runner tripping. It was a pretty crappy thing to do. And it wasn't an accident because the runner was a repeat offender.
So now it's up to the men... which I'll be watching next Sunday. :D