Whenever I’m asked, “How long have you been running?” I say, “Forever”. The question often comes after a conversation regarding my current laser focus on Masters Running. In my 43rd year, I have competed at a high level in at least 18 races so far which have included local and national races in distances ranging from the 800m to the Half Marathon.
CIM was my very first cowbell corner experience and yes, yes it did live up to the hype. Once drumsticks were pulled out to be used on an extravagant cowbell belt, I knew that the role of cowbeller was no joke. I felt like I learned so much after that race, I learned what to wear, how to pace my cheering to last the entirety of the race, the right phrases to say to really give the perfect amount of encouragement. I’m also happy to say I wasn’t the only one who was pumped about their first cowbell experience. First time cowbeller Amanda Chambless wrote into Oiselle sharing all of the rookie mistakes she learned from at cowbell corner. Needless to say, I couldn’t agree more with her pro tips.