VIP just for one day

Last weekend I felt very important. I was invited to the VIP-Lounge at the Sparkasse Marathon, because I was one of the speakers at the health symposium which traditionally takes place one day before the race starts.

So I could enjoy a beautiful ride on a ship with the well known “Hohentwiel“, a legendary paddle steamer. The weather was amazing, the food tasted awesome (even as a vegan I got something to eat though I didn’t dare to hope I would), and I was really close to the runners when the race began. This year I didn’t run myself because I am supposed to take a little break. Two weeks without running – almost a nightmare to me, but necessary for recovering.

So I watched the start with amusement and joy, and also a little sadness, because parts of my body still wanted to run with the 9,000 runners. Well, I would have had to jump across the water to join the race. So I changed my mind quickly and took the ship with the others to Bregenz, where we were invited to a special tent just for the VIP’s. Oh my god, I felt so extraordinary! Only a few people were allowed to enter the tent, and there was food and drinks all over! I got myself some antipasti and vegetables and was really happy. It doesn’t take much to make me a glad person, as you can see.

Afterwards I noticed that there was another advantage of being a VIP: we were allowed to get as close to the finish line from the marathon as you can imagine. I could have touched the runners if I wanted to! And that was really awesome. So I decided to spend a little time at the finish line, watching the exhausted runners, finishing, looking happy!

And somehow I felt so connected to all of them! I could empathize with what they were feeling and I was so proud of everyone – and I realized, that I am runner with all of my heart. The feeling of starting at a race and finishing isn’t comparable to anything. No matter how hard it was, no matter how much pain you have felt, when you have reached the finish line – there is only one thing you want: more of this feeling. And this is why you are doing it again and again and again. Because it’s simply wonderful. When it’s over.

It was really great being a VIP for one day – but when I stood there, watching all of these runners, I said to myself: Next year I will run again! Even if that means, that I won’t be a VIP anymore. But nothing makes you feel more VIP than finishing a race.

Feeling VIP!

3 Kommentare

  1. Klasse zu lesen, dass Du einer der VIPs warst, die beim Start angekündigt wurden (als die Hohentwiel in den Landauer Hafen fuhr. Ich fragte mich schon, wer wohl bei einem Laufereignis VIP ist…. ob das lokale Politiker sind oder doch Leute, die direkt etwas mit dem Laufen zu tun haben. 🙂
    Und schade, dass ich das nicht vorher gewusst habe, dass Du im Zielbereich in Bregenz bist, sonst hätte ich mal Hallo sagen können… denn ich war auch wieder beim Halbmarathon dabei. Es war wunderbar in meinem Tempo laufen zu können, ohne Zeitdruck, einfach um des Laufens willen! 🙂

    • Judith Riemer

      Haha, ich glaube, ein paar lokale Politiker waren auch mit dabei – aber ich hatte nur Augen für die Läufer 😉 Ich wusste selber nicht, dass man da so direkt an den Zieleinlauf randurfte, das war echt toll! Aber nächstes Jahr laufe ich lieber selber wieder mit. Gratuliere zum entspannten Halbmarathon, Cosima!

      • Ja, selbst laufen ist schon wunderbar. 🙂
        Vielleicht bekommen wir ja nächstes Jahr ein entspannt-laufen Team zusammen! 🙂

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