This was the second year that the Meier family participated in this Halloween-themed 5k race with special races for kids, a costume contest and a sudden dip in temperature. I’m not sure it the sudden weather change is an annual thing, but it certainly has been the trend for the past two years. It’s as if Lake Jackson can’t figure out whether or not it wants to participate in fall temperatures until the weekend before Halloween. Then, suddenly the weather decides to jump into fall with temperatures resembling the north pole.
Well, it might not be that drastic, but there is a drop of about twenty degrees that strives toward freezing temperatures. Last year, the temperature was in the low 40’s when we started our run. This year, the temperature was in the mid 50’s, but included a wind chill that cut right through the cotton running outfit you thought was surely going to keep you warm enough.
(At the end of the kids’ “fun run” we were all still feeling the sting of the cold air.)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t really physically ready to run a 5km this year. Last year, I had jogged the 5km while pushing my darling little Grace in a running stroller. Stephen had the double stroller with Jared and Luke bundled up inside. The boys didn’t mind too much being in the stroller. They had participated in a 100 meter race before the 5km. Half of the participants had dressed up in Halloween costumes for the race so that they could compete in a costume contest at the end of the race.
This year, I had not been running on a regular basis. I hadn’t even been walking on a regular basis. The most exercise I had been getting was in the process of cleaning the house. Sweeping, mopping, dusting and scrubbing on a weekly basis had been the extent of my muscle use. My poor little tread mill had seen the vacuum cleaner and duster more often than it saw my running shoes in the past six months.
Therefore, I became the spectator and Grace became the participant in the kiddie race. It was her first race ever. She can’t really run yet, but she did a great job speed walking. She came in dead last, but she finished the race as the youngest participant. Jared and Luke were actually near the front. Jared came in fourth place even after falling on the gravel path twice during the race.
When the time came for Stephen to run the 5k race, he decided to leave the running stroller at home so the kids could watch the race with me. We sat in the car to stay out of the wind until we saw Stephen coming around the bend for the final 400 meters of the race. The boys ran out to the race course yelling, “Go Daddy! Kick it, Daddy! You can do it!”
(Jared and Luke cheer on their daddy as he approaches the finish line.)
Although Stephen wasn’t really impressed with his own time, he was able to get second place in his age group and received a special Monster Dash glass.
The people wearing costumes also were also given points for their outfits as they ran the 5k. In the end, there was a prize given to the best adult costume, the best kids’ outfit and the best group outfit. There were a group of runners who were dressed up as different condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.) and one person as a hotdog. There were a group of elves and a group of Star Wars characters.
It was a fun race to be a part of, in spite of the cold weather. It was also good to get back home after the race and warming up again with a mid-morning snack.