My most embarrassing running moment was probably the time in HS when I went to pull off my warm ups and realized I forgot to put on my racing shorts. Tears and a quick change later I was on my way…
Kara Goucher is an American middle and long distance runner. She was the 10,000 meters bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and represented USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third at the Boston Marathon.
My most embarrassing running moment was one of the first practices of my college career. Our coach gave us a 3200m time trial to do. This was my chance to strut my stuff and have all that summer training pay off! Literally 100m into the time trial, I tripped and went down HARD. I’m fairly sure I felt every one of my teammates’ spikes either go into my back or kick my limbs. By the time I got up, the wind was completely knocked out of me and the last place runner had at least 50m on me. I got up, with tears in my eyes, and a nasty gasping wheeze while trying to catch my breath and finished my pathetic time trial. As if this wasn’t embarrassing enough in front of my new teammates, I followed it up by slipping and falling off the bus in front of everyone at our very next long run. To this day, I think my college team sees me as one of the clumsiest runners of all time.
Molly Pritz is a professional runner sponsored by ASICS who won the 2010 Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in 1:12:14, was second to New Zealand’s Kim Smith at the 2011 Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 1:11:05, and won the 2011 USA 25K National Championship in 1:25:28. She was also the first American and 12th overall at the 2011 New York City Marathon, running a 2:31:52.
My most embarrassing running moment was in high school. I was rushing toward the startline of a race because I was almost late, and right on the infield next to the start, I stripped off my sweatpants and accidentally pulled my shorts off with it, and there I was standing bare assed in front of the entire stadium. Not awesome!
Lauren Fleshman was the U.S. 5000 meters champion in 2006 and 2010, and has competed at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2003, 2005, and 2011. She competes in a variety of middle and long distance events, ranging from the 1500 meters and mile to the 5,000 meters. She debuted in the Marathon November 6, 2011 at the ING New York City Marathon, finishing 12th. She currently trains in Eugene, Oregon as part of the Nike funded professional team Oregon Track Club Elite. Fleshman is the Co-Founder and Brand Director of a gluten and dairy free energy bar company, Picky Bars. In 2013, Fleshman joined Oiselle, a rapidly growing women’s running apparel company, as a sponsored athlete and business partner to create new products, opportunities & messages for female athletes.
I’ve had so many ridiculously embarrassing moments that I figured this must have happen to everyone. So I decided to get out there and ask around. Get ready because I have already collected a few that will make you have another embarrassing moment of your own 😉
Bart Yasso said:
My most embarrassing moment was doing my PowerPoint presentation at the Bare Buns Fun Run. I had no clue until I arrived at the location that the runners would be naked at the pasta dinner. The race wanted me naked and on a stage to deliver my presentation. I thought this will be easy: I’m not going to look at the naked people and hide beyond the podium. Well guess what, no podium! I had a cinder block to rest my computer on. I guess it’s good practice if you’re nervous about public speaking.
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You know I rarely every talk about my runs or my own training but today… interesting.
I hadn’t run since my slow half on Saturday and wasn’t looking forward to it: I have been eating all I felt like and I really have a lot in my head, all good, but I am super distracted. Well, this morning was sunny and it smelled like Spring: Gotta RUN!
I was just going to attempt and fun-easy-katyperry-paced run when I see Bart Yasso was hosting at run at Super Runners Shop. Ok, I am in.
I show up and I knew half the people there, or everybody. When we took off, I decided to chase the leaders. Uhm, GREAT idea. They were going at it. This one guy was a sprinter and not even putting his heel down, and there was Kathleen too, who, omg, was flying like it was no big deal. I asked her for her PRs because I could tell… I almost fainted all I remember was her marathon: 2:44. Well, I tried to hang on. I felt heavy and sore still from my two halfs these past ten days but I did the faster 5 miles I probably ever did in the park. I kept thinking about that post I blogged about today about going out at an unsustainable pace: I’ll run at this crazy speed and then I’ll stop and cry my way back to the store. Somehow, I finished. I did think I was gonna die in the last block, but I didn’t. It was close.
Anyway, the gratuitous photo as usual:
First picture with myboyfriend Bart.
And one more, let’s see if you can spot me, who knows what was happening…
We all scooted over to Hamilton, and the mile is run on their main street, pretty much like the Fifth Avenue Mile!!
Bart Yasso was doing the announcements and he did a huge shout out for my team, as we had our own corral: corral two, the first one right behind the elites! It’s super cool to be part of a race that is SO accomodating…! There was this whole parade with bands before the race got going. It was quite exciting.
Saturday was the 10k, start and was in a stadium, which was really windy and I think that was the start of my downfall (of course there was a downfall!) as I was completely underdressed and freeeeeezing for 6 hours. I kept doing laps in the track just to keep warm…
nice finish line!
the team… ready because they had no idea just how hilly the course was going to be… For what I heard the 10K course was tougher than the half or the full…
At the start.
Jenny and I, I know you’re looking at the track and not us!
Anthony, the race director who I had been working with for months, and Bart, my boyfriend for the weekend (HE said that, no me!!). I love him.
Soon enough we see the winner approach. Soon after we start seeing our participants. A few of them placed really well, even 2nd and 3rd overall in the whole triangle challenge, which I think it’s pretty crazy to start with: I run a few of those hills!
the most exciting part is around the corner… but I need a nap!