Monday, October 31, 2011
What I did for Halloween...
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just love it.
But this year caught me unawares and unguarded...
...I mean, here it is, October 31st...and I don't have a single decoration up. There are no Halloween cookies or pumpkin seed bark in the treat jars. I'm not hosting a pumpkin carving party. I am SERIOUSLY off my game.
Why? Well...I'm adjusting to a new Girl Scout schedule and program and lots of extra training...which has sucked up a lot of my free time.
And I'm dealing with kids schedules becoming more hectic and involved that is sucking up even more free time...I spend a LOT of time driving people around, lately.
And the last bit of my free time has been devoted to getting ready to run a race.
I wanted to run a half-marathon, and Miami hosts a Halloween Half Marathon that looked like lots of fun (lots of great people-watching and costumes). I thought running my first half-marathon on the weekend of my favorite holiday would be the BEST way to celebrate!!
I trained really hard, but in the end, I struggled...not so much with the course or the length...but with my own feelings of insecurity and self-worth.
After all, running is 90% mental...and if your head is tripping you out, you're going to suffer.
When I was finally able to shut up my inner demons, I actually had a really good time. My pace wasn't great...but I made new friends, enjoyed beautiful scenery and fun people, and I know at my next race my time will improve because I know that I won't have to battle the same issues.
I can only share some of my photos...because the cord that connects my camera to the computer has mysteriously disappeared. But here is a sampling of my race!!
This is me at 6:30am...excited and ready to run!!
Almost there!! WHEW!!
It's the ".1" that really kills you...
Hot, sweaty, and DONE!!! With my cool glow-in-the-dark medal!!
Jason survived, too!!
Some of the GREAT costumes we saw...
This was my favorite!! "Caw-caw!! Caw-caw!!"
This 80's-themed work-out couple finished the race in style...with him proposing to her at the finish line!!
This guy just needs a bikini wax...seriously...
So I wasn't in costume...but I still had a GREAT time!! And it will be my most memorable Halloween EVER!!