This weekend was #9 of my #13in2013 half marathons, the Costume Party Run. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was deciding what to wear up until the day before.
I thought about going the hippie route since I had the costume left over, but wasn’t feeling the long sleeves, as thin as they were. A quick trip to the mall and I decided to go as Sailor Moon, but took it down a notch.
There was one girl that ran with the full on long wig & sleeves. I’m pretty sure she was only running the 5k
or she melted and disappeared back to the land of anime.The race started at 6am, but thankfully I live all of five minutes away from the start. Just a little bit of traffic trying to get into the lot for parking, but it was nice to leave my house less than 45 minutes before the start. The lines for the potty weren’t too bad, and I managed to find my running friends for a quick pic before the start.
There were lots of great costumes in addition to the usual super hero look.
I didn’t get too many pictures before I noticed the slow forward shuffle of people. Umm, ok. Guess we’re starting? I know I hit the pee line late, but I don’t recall hearing the national anthem, and no one I spoke to seemed to hear an “official” start. With about 2,200 runners between the 5k & half marathon all starting at the same time, it actually wasn’t a huge deal not having actual corrals, probably because the first 5k was running around the stadium so there was a lot of room to spread out right away. It was hard to get into race mode when the first three miles were one big circle, but once we got out onto the main road, the crowds thinned out and I found a comfortable pace to cruise along. My legs were still tired from my 4th of July 10k and after my last half I just wanted to enjoy the long run through my hood and enjoy the creativity people put into their costumes.
It was an out and back course, so it was great to see my friends on my way back and enjoy stopping for pictures.
All in all, it was a fun run between all the costumes and the bands along the course. The support was good, but could use a bit of work next time around. I had to ask what was in the cup I was given since there was water in Gatorade cups & vice versa. Apparently some of the 5k runners weren’t real clear on what their route was supposed to look like. We had moved onto the main road and were well into mile 4 when some runners were figuring out they ran too far. Whoops. There were a lot of photographers along the course, but that meant a little more maneuvering when people would literally run across the road to make sure they were in camera view. I guess that’s to be expected when you participate in such a “fun” run, but yes, I totally yelled at a lady who was inches from me crashing into her. Meh, not really sorry. Don’t judge. The last few miles finished inside the stadium again, but it was tough to get motivated to finish strong. It was another long loop and the last quarter mile left much to be desired from the spectators. You were also crossing paths with finishers heading back to the parking lot. I made one quick pass through the post race scene to score some treats and question the ability to run in some outfits, then headed home to
ring out my sports bra since it was dripping wet from the sweaty humid run and get the brood up for church.
With my official time at 2:16:37, 56 out of 28 in my division, and 586 of 1810 runners, #9 is in the books!
We’re about a month out from my next half. Last year I had to drop down to the 5k because I’d strained my calf, so my only agenda is to run smart, earn my Triple Crown medal, and not stress out over time or pace. There will be plenty of races, but only one body to run them with, right?
Speaking of races, registration for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the new 10k opens up today. Are you signing up? How do you work out your mileage if you’ve got a half marathon each month?