Last year my friend Ingrid and I dressed up in neon. This year I wanted to do something different, so after polling my friends on Facebook for costume ideas, I settled on the classic 80's preppy look. D wore sweat pants and a polo shirt (collar up, of course), a sweatband around his head and a wristband on either wrist. I wore my pink running skirt, and ordered a mint green polo shirt to go with it. A mint green and pink argyle headband, pink argyle socks, and pearls completed my look. (Since we're playing golf now I know I'll wear my new polo shirt again). I decided to go in character, and for the morning our new names were Chip and Buffy.
I saw my friend Andrea in the crowd and said hi, but unfortunately didn't get to see her again as he headed to the bathroom and had a really long wait (we opted to use an actual bathroom versus the port-a-potties, but they were cleaning the bathrooms so we had to wait). By the time we were able to use the bathroom, we only had time for some quick pictures before the race started.
Sadly, my phone was broken (I accidentally dropped it in the washing machine on Halloween) so I wasn't able to take pictures during the race. But just like last year, there were people dressed up in the craziest 80's costumes. Lots of neons, lots of Madonna wanna-bes. I saw people dressed like Run DMC, Strawberry Shortcake, the Blues Brothers, the Ghostbusters Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man....very much like last year, but just as fun. It was D's first time in this race, and he had a great time looking at the costumes.
The run itself wasn't that great. I was pretty much pain-free, but my son had stomach cramps that made us walk a lot more than we normally would. I let him set the pace and walk when he needed. I was so proud of him, he was a champ and sucked up the discomfort and finished strong. At the end, he sprinted way ahead of me to cross the finish line. I trotted in behind him and was happy to see my friend Steve waiting at the finish. D and I got our coveted Darth Vader medals.
|A fun medal for any Star Wars fan|
All in all, a very fun time. The best part of this race, for me, is seeing all the costumes. Along with the music, it brings me back to my teenage years. Awesome!