As I mentioned in my Philadelphia Half Marathon race recap, I never really felt like I could get to my max pace. Luckily, this allowed me to take in some of the scenes that I normally would have missed. Wow, do you see some weird things while running a marathon?! I'll spare you the details of some of those things, but below I share with you some observations I've made while running in marathons. I'm sure you have some of your own, so be sure to comment below!
People love running in costume
There is no gold standard for a "funny" marathon sign
Marathon spectating can be almost as exhausting as running the race
Downhill can be more painful that uphill
Running hills is challenging, there's no denying that. But once you've reached double digits in the miles, downhill can actually be more painful than uphill. Your quads might even feel like they're on fire!! Also, a "hill" is a relative term - it also depends on how you train!