Running in Philly: I See Slow People (Me!) November 20 2010

I remember seeing "I See Slow People" on the back of an older man's shirt while running a ten mile race last spring, and it made me chuckle. It was my first real race, and at that point, I looked around and realized that I was definitely a back-of-the-packer. And it was okay, because as far as I was concerned it's this group that wears the shirts with the most hilarious slogans.

A little self-deprecation does the soul good, right? I mean, I never aimed to be the fastest. My only goal was to finish and maybe enjoy it just a little.

This is a totally fitting shirt to wear for the Philadelphia half-marathon I'm doing this weekend, since this is where the Sixth Sense was filmed. I never got around to getting my own fun shirt for this race mostly because a lot has come up in the past few weeks and that fell to the bottom of the to-do list.

For one, my husband broke his collar bone while running. Yes, he took a brutal fall on the sidewalk and will be getting surgery next week. This was two weeks ago, which meant running this race this weekend was out of the question. He trained really hard, and really well I must say, so I felt really bad for him. Running this race was his idea. I had totally anticipated riding on his coattails of success for this race  because he way outpaces me. He's bummed, but there will be another race for him before too long. Now he's going to be on the sidelines with the toddler K cheering me on.

I've struggled with getting motivated to run over the past few months. I've sort-of stuck to my running schedule, but I just couldn't get enthusiastic. No endorphins going off like they used to back in the day. I always had too many other things on my mind. And then I got serious within the past few weeks, only to come down with a throat infection and cold last weekend. And I'm still sick! And coughing and hacking. And coughing after you've had a child -- not so fun. Three words: Brace Yourself Woman!

So I'll be running with tissue in tow. I'm hoping that I find enough humor along the half-marathon route to keep my spirits up and keep me moving. One More Mile has some great running shirts. These are totally shirts I would wear:

1. If Found on the Ground Please Drag Across the Finish Line (but seriously, this is the shirt I probably need to wear this weekend)

2. Dear God, Please Let There Be Someone Behind Me To Read This

3. The Older I Get, The Faster I Was

4. One Bad Mother Runner

5. I'm Only Doing This So I Can Post a Picture On Facebook

6. I Thought They Said "Rum"

Any others you've seen that made you laugh (while you were running or cheering someone on from the sidelines)? Let me know if you have.

Oh, and thanks to my friend lighting up their candles for me this weekend. I think it's definitely a St. Jude moment.