This weekend, I celebrated my first run post-half marathon with a family fun run as a fundraiser for the local Girls on the Run program. It was incredibly cheap and perfectly timed to both get me running again post-race and get O a little running practice in before his race at DisneyWorld, so it was winning all around!
We headed to the park on Sunday morning in our superhero finest, including that poor Captain America mask that O wanted to run in. The kids race was first and I was really surprised to see the number of people at the park for the race – and in real costumes no less! Almost everyone was dressed up, which was cute.
The race was untimed and didn’t actually have a clearly defined start and end point, which was entertaining. Thank goodness we were taking this as a laid back run! Well, I was anyway. O was pretty serious as he lined up at the starting line with the other kids for the 400 meter run.
He said he didn’t need me to run with him, but I followed along behind. There was a bicyclist guiding the runners up and around a corner to the turn around point and she seriously underestimated how fast these kiddos took off to run! She nearly got run over. As kids do, they dashed off with no concern for pacing.
After about 150 yards, O was ready to stop and walk. At that point, he was looking back for Mom, no matter how much he said he wanted to do it alone. I held his hand and we walked for a bit before he was ready to run again. Unlike his last kid’s race, he didn’t want to give up on it, which was great!
After the turn around, things got a little crowded on the path so he deviated into the grass to pass some people and totally wiped out! The grass was a little damp and he was literally spitting out grass as he stood back up. I was impressed that there were no tears and no drama – he just popped back up to keep running! He was exhausted but proud at the end (and glad when I told him the Mickey race would be shorter – and have a medal!).
Darrell headed off to look for a restroom as soon as his Oliver filming duties were over and because the bathroom was already locked for the winter, ended up farther away in a port-a-potty. Before any of us were ready for it, they announced that the 1 mile and the 5K were starting! Oops! Oliver and I stood there chatting about what we were going to do – could he come with me? Maybe if I did the 1 mile instead? I definitely couldn’t leave him while I waited for Darrell! Thankfully, Darrell heard the announcement and dashed back to us. It was a large, slow pack of people starting the 5K on a narrow path, so it was very easy to join in even though I didn’t start until a couple of minutes after the official beginning.
I LOVED how many families were out doing this together. There were lots of group costumes and lots of kids in strollers (or popping in and out of strollers to run a bit and ride a bit). It was very laid back and the perfect way to enjoy a fall day.
I loved seeing all of the costumes. There was a family full of kids dressed as the 7 dwarves:
I just ran when I wanted and walked when I wanted, mostly soaking up the gorgeous day. I finished the run at around 35-36 minutes, which is my usual “easy” 5K pace and had a great time. We’ll definitely be doing this again in the future! Maybe next year I can convince Darrell to walk it with us 🙂
Have you run a costumed race? This was my first costumed race outside of the Disney events and it was so cool to see what people came up with!