Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.

Supporting, but not running.


This past Saturday brought GLORIOUS running weather in the Twin Cities and it was the perfect day for Goldy’s Run! I, however, did not participate.

A few months back, my husband mentioned that he really wanted to do this run, but grumbled when he saw the race entry fee. (and who could blame him?) So – I went ahead and signed him up!

Arriving at the race on Saturday morning gave me all of the feelings of excitement that I usually feel when I show up for a race – but along with it, came (selfish) disappointment that I wasn’t running, too!

But when the cheering squad showed up that I recruited and we made an awesome sign to hold up when we cheered Jesse on, I felt only excited again.


My husband finished 62nd overall in 1:11:47 – over 3 minutes faster than his goal time! I was so proud.


Being a spectator at the race made me think I might sign up to volunteer at a race this year!

Do you volunteer at races?


4 thoughts on “Supporting, but not running.

  1. Congratulations to your husband! I’ve never volunteered for a race, but I think it is a nice way to give back. I think I would have that same disappointment that I wasn’t running though!

    • Thanks, Amy! I agree — I try and thank the volunteers when I run, but I think actually volunteering myself would make me appreciate them more. and yes — a great way to give back 🙂

  2. So awesome you surprised Jesse with a race! Congrats to him on his great finish! (BTW… aren’t races fees out of control?! $100 to run a half marathon is a bit steep.) I volunteered a couple years ago at the Minneapolis Marathon… was a blast cheering on runners near the finish (though, I longed to be running, too)!

    • thanks, Erin! I can’t even believe how expensive it is — but I truly do love having races to look forward to and train for…so it’s unavoidable 🙂

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