Monster Dash 5K

Date: October 26, 2013

Location: Kansas City, MO

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My son, Bowie, was really excited to run this race… anything Halloween-themed is cool with him.  Dane decided to try out the race as well. To be honest, I didn’t put a lot of effort into my costume. I don’t tend to dress up for races. I found a black tutu that lit up. I found a pair of black running tights at TJ Maxx that I drew spider webs on with a white paint pen. I wore that along with a black long-sleeved BCG shirt and the Halloween edition Pro Compression socks.  I put my hair in braids and stuck little orange and black spiders in the braids, and I put on a ton of eyeliner and eyeshadow.

The race was held in the City Market district of Kansas City.  It was a night race with the kids race starting at 6:30. We checked out the kiddie area first and took our picture in the scary maze.  The boys all got candy from giant candy buckets. (I even snagged some crackers).

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Bowie ran first in the Lil Monster kid run. (I should note that Bowie had played 3 games in a soccer tournament that morning). Bowie came in second, but if he had a few more feet, he would have reeled the winner in. If Bowie hadn’t played soccer earlier that day, I am sure it wouldn’t have been close at all.  That is Bowie on the right in the picture. Dane ran in the next heat. He ran so fast he lost a shoe! He came in 5th.

And then I was off!  My knee was still a bit sore from the KC Half Marathon last weekend, so I was wearing this super-bionic knee brace I picked up.  The brace did something weird to my gait, like I couldn’t bend my knee maybe? Every time my left foot would hit the ground, it came down with a loud thwapping sound.  My knee didn’t hurt but my shin started to hurt… which I ignored and kept going.  I started the race a little too quickly and slowed down mid-way thru.  It was a nice course and it was fun crossing the bridge at night.

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After I got my medal (super cute medal, btw!), the boys chowed down slices of pizza. I wasn’t in the mood to eat anything greasy after running, so I just ate a little bag of trail mix.

Not a PR for me but I was happy to run without being in serious pain. Also, note to self: running in tutu isn’t for me. The tutu kept hiking up high and I spent too much time pulling it down.

28:41

#9 in Age Group

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