Ghoblins & Goo

I hope everyone had a very safe & Happy Halloween!!
My Halloween this year was pretty low-key….compared to the past couple of years. I decided not to throw a party this year & just keep it simple with Frankie & myself at home, watching movies.  As most of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday and I usually go all balls out...but this year I kind of just wanted to keep it simple.  Of course, the inside of my house was still decorated to the extreme.  ;)

There are certain “rituals” I do each year that of course stayed in the plan…like ordering Chinese food for lunch & watching The Wizard of Oz or Snow White…Snow White won this year thanks to its release on Blu-Ray. :) I crack open a bottle of wine that used to be made and imported from Transylvania but the company got bought out so now it comes from California…it’s just not the same anymore. Anywho, once the sun sets I turn on the old classics which are by far my favorite…Dracula, Frankenstein…the oldies but goodies (that’s also what I say about Frankie, hee hee).

My eating and drinking…well they weren’t the best of course. Lots of cheese, booze, and Chinese food. And I had all intentions of being good yesterday but since I had the day off I found myself snacking on pretzels & queso dip halfway through the afternoon. :/ Oh well…it happens…today is a new day!

So while my Halloween evening was calm and peaceful, my morning started out a bit differently this year…

This year was the 18th annual Brueggers Bagels Halloween 5K at Beaver Lake. This is a trail run and it is a relatively flat course, minus a few hills. This is normally one of my favorite places to run for a nice, relaxing, easy run.

This race also marked my “anniversary race”. This very same race is the first race I ever ran in! Last year it was on October 25th though. It was definitely an experience I will never forget. I can remember what songs I listened, when I felt like dying, what it felt like to come out of the trails and see the finish line….ahhh memories.

Needless to say I was very excited about this race. I even bought my Halloween costume primarily to run in it that morning, but due to the weather I didn’t wear it. :(

I did wear it to work on Friday though...

So how was the race you ask?? Well…

It sucked! I hated every part of it. And here are the reasons why:
  • There were A LOT more people in the race this year compared to last year. In fact, there were 157 more people. Now picture 652 people trying to run a race on a trail that is about as wide as say an F150 Ford truck…yeah, NOT fun!
  • What the fuck is with all these kids!?!? I’m serious people…I almost ran over two 8 year olds. What happened to having to be at least 13 years old with parents consent to run in the race?? There is a kid’s fun run before the 5K…have your children run in that!! I mean I am happy to see kids being active, but seriously?? And these kids were dressed in jeans and boots and when you tried to go past them to get out of their way, well they just thought it was funny and would try to speed up to beat you. It was annoying and pain in the fucking ass.  
  • The weather was not pleasant. It had been raining all night and into the early morning and yes THAKFULLY it had stopped, but on trails like these…it was a little too late. Last year Beaver Lake was kind enough to try and clean up what leaves they could so we wouldn’t slip on them. Well they didn’t bother to do that at all this year. Not only did they not clear the trails but it looks like that morning they had driven on a few of them with an ATV because there were a bunch of tracks filled with mud and holes. Considering I just took a nasty fall a few weeks ago…I was nervous as hell about falling. I actually did slip a few times but I caught myself. And don’t even get me started about the boardwalk portion of the trails…you want to talk about slick?? I think I had 50 people I let pass me by because I was so scared of falling. Overall, just very shitty running terrain.
  • I wasn’t feeling it. I just couldn’t get into this race. I wanted to just have fun and a good time, since I knew I wouldn’t PR this one…even everyone in the crowd was saying how you don’t run this race for time, thank god because I ran a sad 32:42…that’s over 3 minutes slower than my last 5K and my pace was a whole minute slower. Yuck! But even without really worrying about my time, I just couldn’t get into the run. I wanted it to stop and be over with. I didn’t want to be there and I certainly did not want to be running. The air was so cold wet that my lungs were SCREAMING….along with my shoulders due to some gas pains in my stomach.

They can’t all be winners and they can’t always be “memorable” races. It’s kind of sad that I had to have a real crappy run (as far as I can remember, this is my first real shitty race so I guess I should count my blessings) on a run that was monumental to me…but now I guess it’s monumental for two reasons, LOL.  
I didnt even get my 3 free bagel coupon this year. I did get a nice long sleeve shirt baby blue...way to go on the Halloween colors people.  :/ 

Oh, and thanks to the conditions I now have a cold and feel like shit…lovely.

How did you spend your Halloween?? Did you have more treats than tricks??



  1. Sorry to hear the race was crappy - but at least you got out there & did it!

    My Halloween was more low-key this year, too. I kinda want a redo. :P

  2. Sorry to hear that the race stunk. but YOU LOOK SO CUTE in your costume!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUT UP!!! <3 <3

  3. boo on the crappy race! Contact the race director and let them know your concerns. Costume was cute though!

  4. I'm really excited to see you called out kids for getting in your way. I've been in several smaller races where part of me is like "yay! kids running!" and part of me is like "Move it child!" (And I'm a Girls on the Run coach!)

    I found your blog through skinnyrunner and really enjoy it!

  5. Something to be said about crappy races. I had my own bad experience with my first 10k over the weekend as well. But, I commend you for sticking it out, bad conditions and all. Loved your Halloween costume! You look great!


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