Well, the best shot of any race is of course the finish line shot. It can also be the worst shot. If you aren’t prepared for it and are looking down at your wrist or maybe even down at your shoes or somewhere else, the moment is tarnished. I mean, would you want to show off your finish line shot of you looking at your wrist?
“This is me trying to figure out my time when I crossed the finish line of my first marathon.”
Anyway, I like to put a stamp on my races. I like to finish strong and try to tough it out at the end. Part of what gets me through the last few miles is to think about the finish line pose. I know it sounds lame but when your body is starting to fade, longing to quit and your mind is seriously contemplating giving in to the body’s desires to stop and sit down, any little thing can take your mind off the screams from your body.
What should I do when I cross the finish line? And then, really, you have to cross the finish line once you ask yourself that, right? You have no choice.
I like to plan ahead, and I’m planning ahead now for Surf City 2011. I won’t cross that finish line until just before noon on Feb. 6, but it’s never too early to think about the glory. Sure, I’ll have to go earn it of course but I will. I know I’ll cross that finish line. I might be a beaten-down mess of a man but I’m dragging myself across that damn line if I have to.
What will I do when I cross the finish line? Well, I’ve already done two poses.
There’s not too many more directions in which to put my arms.
But I came up with a few.
Not as spread-eagle as San Francisco but arms out a bit wide nonetheless
Arms raised to the sky
Not sure if I'll cross the finish line with one of these poses or if I'll figure something else out while I'm on the beach path on Mile 23 or whatever, but I'll try and stick the finish one way or another.