I did a 5k a month or so again, and I was one of the "fat, unfit" people, comparatively speaking. I placed 25th out of 30 in my age group! I was there as part of a team, with my pastor... who happens to be a marathon runner. ;) He won his division, in fact.
In my experience, NO ONE makes fun of you! Quite the contrary. We were lucky enough to have a couple of former Biggest Loser contestants at our race, and even they were super supportive! It was a half course, which means we doubled back, so the leaders got to almost literally pace the ones in the back. Every one waved and smiled!
And the best part? The final runner was a 70+ year old man, running in memory of Boston, who could barely STAND when he got to the finish line... arm-in-arm with Ken Andrews of Biggest Loser. www.shape.com/weight-loss/success-stories/
Was anyone making fun of anyone? Hell no. We were all tearing up and crying. Every time I slow-jogged past one of the faster runners, there was no look of superiority, no judgment... just thumbs-up and support.
Go. Have fun. And don't worry about anyone making fun of you. Runners are, as a whole, a very supportive lot.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/9/2013 (14:35)
Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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