The race was called the Skeleton Skamper and was a Halloween race, so we got to dress up. I had to figure out a functional costume that was fun and that I could run in. I decided on a 90's themed outfit. Mostly because I wanted to wear a side pony-tail!
I made leg warmers for Becky, Melissa and myself. Bought a sweatshirt at the thrift store and cut it up, and cut up one of my fluorescent race shirts that I never wear anymore. And I even found a three pack of scrunchies at Family Dollar!
|Skeleton Skamper 2012 Pre-Race|
Becky and I stayed together. We ran the entire time, except through water stops. I was really surprised how well I felt most of the race.
The course was a little bit hillier then I thought it would be, though. There were really long, gradual hills and not always downhills afterwards. At mile 10 there was a long climb and I almost stopped to walk, but didn't want to bring down Becky mentally or make her think it was o.k. to walk. So, I kept going and there was a hill to run down on the other side.
Finally mile 12 passed. It got really windy as we turned. I kept looking at my watch telling myself, "Only .9 miles, only .8 miles, etc." With only .2 left to go I started really slowing down. There was a fierce wind and we were going uphill...again. Becky was inching ahead and I started walking. She realized I wasn't next to her and turned and raised her arms like, "What the f@#$ are you doing?" And motioned to come on! I chuckled a little at what I just did and started running again. By then Becky had sprinted off to the finish. There were a few people at the end cheering and the whole cheerleading section of a local high school cheering me on at the end. That was pretty cool and actually sped me up a little.
I ended up PR-ing the race by 7 minutes with a 2:40, which was not even on my agenda...mostly. I just wanted to have a good time, which I did.
It was a pretty small race and most of the racers were done by the time I finished. I stretched for a few minutes and headed over to get my after race snacks. I stretched a lot more while eating.
|Melissa's awesome pants AND fanny pack!|
|Leg warmer buddies!|
After I got home, showered, and changed, I felt myself start to crash. My head was starting to hurt from the gels I took wearing off and my body was tired and sore. I took some ibuprofen and laid on the couch watching T.V. most of the afternoon.
Now, I am going to eat well deserved pizza and then going to my neighbor's for a Halloween party. I don't have a costume, so I am going as a Packer fan by wearing my Packer shirt. I forgot I had it. I found it yesterday in my drawer when I was looking for my running tights.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!