In Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, Dimity and I wrote a short chapter entitled, "Aid Stations We'd Like to See." We let our imagines run wild as we made up stops along a race course. We often read the section at house parties, and the imaginary aid stations get a lot of laughs, especially:
"A make-your-own sign one, about two miles from the finish, where you can craft your own poster that says something along the lines of, “Shut the f*&^ up! I’m not 'almost there.' But thank you for being out here.”
"A station that’s the human equivalent of a carwash: You pass through it on a conveyor belt as sweat, dried salt stains, pit-odor, boogers, and leaked urine are cleaned off your body, hair, and outfit."
"A station with immaculate, scent-free, flushable port-a-potties, which magically clean up and sanitize each time the door is opened. Oh, and there are actual sinks, too, with real soap and clean towels." (A mother runner in Atlanta chimed in, "And tampons, too!" which made us howl with laughter.)
Coming off Disney Princess, I'd like a combo station where I could get toweled off mid-race...then sprayed with pixie dust. I'd then flit down the race course, looking fresh and sparkly!
One stop I'd love to see at the start of the Vancouver Marathon this May: a time machine. I'd step in fully trained and tapered...then step out, ready to run 26.2 as, say, my 27-year-old self. Old enough to have some wisdom, yet fresh enough to bust out a massive PR.
Ah, the wonderful world of make-believe. One running-related thing that's real, however, is the Saucony Mirage 3. Just introduced this month, I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a pair. The Mirage 3 is part of Saucony's Natural Running collection, allowing a runner to enjoy a mere 4 millimeters of difference from the height of the heel to the height of the toes while still offering cushioning. With just a smidge of guidance, the Mirage 3 is the perfect natural running shoe for this slight overpronator. And with a super-light upper, it weighs in at under 8 ounces.
If you want a pair of Mirage 3 to magically appear on your doorstep, tell us what you envision on the side of the road when racing or running. It could be something as simple as an ice dispenser or as far-flung as a massage table manned by Bradley Cooper, holding a margarita and wearing not much more than a smile. What mirage or fantasized scenario awaits you along your route or a race course? One winner will be chosen at random to win a pair of believe-it Saucony Mirage 3.
[Some fine print for this fine prize: This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 2/27/13 and ends on 3/5/13; the winner will be announced on 3/9/13. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $110. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.]