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    Why running a race is way better than Christmas shopping

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    Why is it that I can stand in a starting corral with 9,999 other people and remain focussed on the task at hand, yet the very idea of going to a mall in December makes me want to hide under the bed until April?  I’m not entirely sure, but here are a few reasons…

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    In a race when there is limited parking there are usually shuttle buses. At the mall, you wait patiently for a space, only to lose it to someone coming from the other direction.

    In a race, the runners are all going in the same direction. At the mall, you risk being stepped on, cut off, darted in front of, or squeezed out, all between the two sets of front doors.

    In a race, there is etiquette around passing, and even if people don’t follow it, at least you’re all going in the same direction. At the mall, see above.

    At a race, there are huge restroom line ups, but they move pretty quickly. At the mall, there are huge restroom line ups and they barely move at all.

    In a race, when you need refreshment, there are volunteers happily holding out cups for you. At the mall, you have to stand in line, pay far too much for something that isn’t good for you, and try not to spill it.

    In a race, people cheer for you and point you in the right direction. At the mall, people swear at you and tell you where to go.

    At a race, when you get to the finish line, there are usually enough medals for everyone; when there aren’t, you get a sincere apology and information on how the situation will be rectified. At the mall, you are told gruffly that they are all out of iPods, but that you are welcome to buy a lavender sachet and a sweatshirt with kittens instead.

    In a race, when you cross the finish line, you’re finished.  At the mall, you will invariably forget something or someone, and will have to go back.

    Got more for me?  Feel free to add them below!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

    4 COMMENTS

    1. At a race you wear your running shoes, shorts, shirt, water bottle and an iPod. At the mall you get to drag a screaming toddler, grumpy husband and loads of awkward packages around all while wearing a way-too warm coat and swollen feet with no kilometers accomplished.

    2. At a race you are surrounded by thousands of supportive people who all love doing what they do and are thus happy and all filled with runners high. They pick you up and dust you off when you fall.

      At the mall you are surrounded by thousands of very disgruntled, moody, unwashed, unsupportive people who all hate shopping and are filled with christmas “spirit” and will step over you to snag that gift that is just perfect for their buddy.

    3. At the race … you have a really good idea of how much it is going to cost you for entry fees, and other sundry items….at the mall… the sky, (or your m/c ) is the limit…$$$

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