Sunday morning was chilllllyyyyy (in the low 30s). Luckily, our costumes were versatile enough that you could still bundle up and look cute. Win - win! RunnerSis^2 (my sister in law's sister) graciously volunteered to make a whole slew of princess themed tutus and she did not disappoint.
cinderella, snow white, prince charming, sleeping beauty, the queen of hearts, malificent, ariel, and also a few superheroes with us.
I meet up with everyone around 7:20ish and we went to get our group costumes judged. Then, we stood around and tried to keep warm by snapping a few more pics:
with RunnerBro and Sis
and with erika and runnersis
We tried to meet up with the other Megan who was running too, but it was a little crazy there, so we didn't get to meet up right before the race. We did meet up with my parents, as my dad was doing the 5k.
however, he chose not to dress up. I'm sure I had an extra crown somewhere he could have worn ;)
Before we knew it, it was time to line up. We were tried to some pre-race entertainment (including some thriller dancing!) The race was slotted to start at 8 and it started slightly after. However, besides the small delay, we were off without much trouble despite the fact that it was busier than ever this year. This was the first year the 10k sold out (I believe) and even though we started near the back, it didn't seem congested.
I had no real goals for this race as I haven't been running a ton recently. I would have liked to be under an hour, but besides that, I just wanted to finish.
I did the first mile pretty conservative around 9:30/9:40. I felt pretty good, so decided to speed up just a bit. While it was chilly waiting for the race to start, it was perfect running weather once you got going. By the time I hit mile 2, I felt really good. I continued to speed up. I love this course because it's mostly flat and goes through neighborhoods of Plymouth. You always see lots of people outside of their houses cheering you on and the volunteers are always so friendly. This year was no exception.
I took a water right before the 5k mark and slowed a bit to take a drink, but then kept cruising. I was negative splitting and knew sub an hour was easily within reach. So, as I got closer, my new goal was to be under 55 minutes. Not a PR by any means, but still something to keep me motivated to finish strong.
Rounding the corner to the end
I definitely had some left in the tank and sprinted the last tenth. I finished in 53:51 or 8:41 pace. 20/175 in age group. Definitely okay by me! I got my medal and searched for anyone I knew.
I found my mom and stayed with her for a few minutes before deciding to grab my coat from my car. In the process, I met up with Megan for a few minutes, but she had to leave as they had their kiddo with them and she was getting fussy in the cold (I don't blame her).
Soon after, RunnerBro, Sis, and Erika finished. RunnerBro and Erika had helped RunnerSis get a PR by 2 minutes! So awesome! RunnerSis^2 finished a little after that (just barely missing a PR). We all got in line to get our triple crown medals for doing the last three kona races (you had to do a 10k or longer to earn it). It was a loooong line, but it actually moved quickly and they were fast about finding our names.
I did get to see RunnerDad finish the 5k and cheer him to the end.
Overall, it was a great race. There were definitely more people this year and it was a little chaotic, but it was controlled chaos. All the event support was friendly and seemed truly interested in putting on a great race. I know that some people who did the 5k said parking was limited by the time they got there, but that seems to be the case any time in Plymouth. Maybe for future races they could look into some sort of shuttle from one of the nearby schools? While I didn't grab any food this time, I know the post-race spread was great with Panera bagels and other goodies.
Either way, I had a blast and while we didn't win the costume contest, I think we looked pretty good as a group!
post-race with two medals! Two medals are always better than one!
A big thanks to Kona for allowing me to do this race with them!
Questions for you:
-Did you race this weekend? In costume or not? How'd it go?
-If you didn't race, did you do anything else halloween themed? What did you dress up as?
-What other fun things have you been up to recently?
-Anyone have any awesome accomplishments to share? (Fitness or just life related)