First attempt ever on my low-tech blog at putting a badge that I copied. No idea why I'm bothering. Procrastinating I guess.
I felt a little proud of myself for completing the Houston marathon's post race-survey and mentioning a few of the things I noted in my race recap -- like the fact that they needed sex-specific finisher shirts and that packet pick-up was so efficient I enjoyed the expo and had time to shop.
But of course then I got to the part of the survey where you can vote for the most spirited water stop or something similar.
As I noted, I ran this race about 30 minutes off PR pace. (I like how I say that to suggest it was supposed to be an easy race when I signed up, not that I was just slow because I'd been lazy for months.)
So I'd think if I were ever going to be able to complete that kind of question, it would be on a slower marathon. I'd never have any hope of even guessing at an answer on a PR attempt marathon.
My question is, who can ever actually answer that question?
I won't say I'm oblivious to volunteers or spirit, I notice both as I pass through a water stop or cheer station, even when I'm going for a PR. But my main focus is getting fluid and continuing to move. How in the world am I supposed to remember which mile had the best group and put that on a form? Even if, as a hypothetical example, some water stop had wheelchairs they put you in and pushed you along for half a mile while giving you a foot massage and they were all wearing yellow shirts, am I going to remember the name of that group or the exact mile where it happened in order to record it on a survey?
It seems like that kind of question is targeted to local runners who choose a group with whom they're affiliated so that group can win a prize, not because they actually did the best job. I mean, if I ran a race in Dallas, I'd pick my running group's water stop -- they do a good job, they offer tissues in addition to water/gatorade, they cheer a lot (particularly for people they know), but I wouldn't really be able to objectively say they were the best so they should win a prize. Other people hand out tissue and water and cheer for you.
So this blog post has a point after all. I hate that question posed by a race organizer. Is it just me, or is everyone else fairly oblivious and unable to answer that kind of a question in a race survey?