Today I’m going a few easy miles on the trail with Angela Modzelewski, who is still relatively new to the running scene.
Angela loves getting outside and hitting the trails, and she doesn’t much care for racing herself.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Spectating > Racing
While Angela doesn’t enjoy racing as much as some other runners that I’ve had on the show in the past, she still loves spectating at races.
Angela’s husband Joshua (who was on the show a few months back) really enjoys trail racing and Angela has a good time spectating and cheering for him and the other runners.
I’ve spectated at a few races, but typically when I’m at a race I’m running instead of watching.
I asked Angela a few questions about the finer points of spectating.
And, perhaps not surprisingly, the vibe around spectating is fairly consistent with the vibe around the race itself.
From a runner perspective, I’ve noticed that at the races with thousands of runners most runners tend to really keep to themselves. But at races with smaller fields, runners tend to be more talkative and friendly before, during, and after the race.
And the same seems to be true with spectating.
At the big events, like Rock n Roll and Disney Races, Angela hasn’t experienced as much camaraderie and community between herself and some of the other spectators.
But at some smaller races, she’s definitely struck up many race day friendships with the other spectators that are there.
Angela recently started her own blog, and it’s a bit of an homage to the runners that get the biggest bang for their buck on race day.
DFL, or Dead F*cking Last, is a badge that is almost worn with pride by some runners because it means that no matter how hard it was they never gave up.
And that is one of the things that Angela really admires about those that are out there for a long time on race day.
Sure, the elites are impressive. No doubt about that.
But the man or woman that pushes through the pain and discomfort on race day to finish, even if they’re finishing dead last, is in her mind pretty damn impressive too.
And I tend to agree with her.
If you’d like to check out Angela’s blog, and watch how it grows and evolves in the coming weeks and months, make sure you head over to DFLRunner.com. And don’t forget to connect with Angela on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook as well!
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