Sometimes, being on the sidelines is more fun.

Like when you attended a wedding the night before.

Because when my alarm when off this morning at 6:30am, the thought of running 13.1 miles was not appealing. I was so glad I decided to sit this one out, even though I was pretty bummed not to run with my friends. But today would not have been the “redemption race” I would have wanted. OR, I wouldn’t have enjoyed my cousin’s wedding as much as I did. (Well, maybe I would have, I always enjoy weddings. Dressing up? Seeing happy people? Spending time with my awesome relatives? And dancing? What’s not to love?)

Anyway, this morning I staked out a spot around 3.5 and 9.5 miles (the course was an out-and-back) to cheer on my F’N Runners!

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

People liked my sign. And not just my friends, but a couple random runners told me that I f’n rock. Thanks!

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

This race has a cash prize, so it does attract some elites. #1936 won the race in 1:06:49.

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

Jamie Parks pushes his wife Lynn in every run and race he does, including marathons. He finished in 1:34 … even though the chair got a flat around mile 7! Truly inspiring. They’ve even been in Runners’ World!

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

Amanda aka TooTallFritz in the orange top.

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

Judy, who ran the Illinois Marathon last weekend!

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

My cousin-in-law’s sister (waving)

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

Kelly aka Running Kellometers

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

F’N Runners

Southwest Half Marathon 2012

I had a blast spectating/cheering! If you’ve never spectated a race or gone to cheer/support friends, definitely do it! It’s so much fun!!

I have about 90 photos on Flickr if you want to see them all.