Yes that is me. I seem to be wearing a tutu abundant in white and pink toole. I have my running clothes on and a very rods-and-cones-altering (rods and cones are those things in your eyes, look it up) shirt of neon yellow. I also have, what appears to be, paint on my face fashioned after the likes of the African tribes found in almost any National Geographic magazine. And what is that? Is it a homemade race number decked out in psychedelic rainbows colors? Indeed it is. What in the bleep am I doing?
I'll tell you what I'm doing in this picture. I'm getting all jazzed up to run a 10k at night! And let me tell you, once you sign up for a night race, all the possible immature things you could possibly wear to such an event pop into your head. My sister-in-law Keersten thought of the tutus. I thought of the war paint(which was supposed to glow, but did not. Lame.) The rules were that you had to glow or be reflective. But why glow and be reflective alone? Why not wear something like a tutu and put sparkling ribbons in your hair and paint your face? So that is what we did to prepare for our 10k. Sure we trained for the running part, but, to be honest, we probably spent more time thinking about what we were going to wear then how to run the race. We thought we'd be totally "out there" with our garb. Turns out we were two of probably 50 girls in tutus to show up. And our little glow sticks were nothing compared to some of the lighting apparatus' that we saw. We definitely got some new ideas for next year. So onto the actual race.
It was a perfect night for a run. The moon was full, no wind, a mild temperature and a starry night with the promise of a possible meteor shower. We started on a steep hill going down. This is the point where I realized that I forgot to switch the normal bra for a sports bra. It felt less than good.
|This is as we started out. Check out our sweet headlamps.|
We passed some other runners in tutus. We were passed by runners wearing the coolest lighting gear. One runner had blinking LED Christmas lights on her back in a lace pattern powered by a puny little battery back taped to her hip. Another runner had constructed a crown out of glowsticks to match an tutu made entirely out of glowsticks. Other runners had balloon hats, glowhats, reflective shorts, pink wigs, and glowsticks snaked around their calves. Creativity was all over the place! At selected intervals, there were water stations or just people pointing the way to go. Each was lit by a large police truck showing off all the capabilities of the lights mounted on top.
One of the coolest sights though was the city lights of Idaho Falls and Ammon which we viewed at the top of some of the hills. We also got to see a few meteors streak across the sky for a milisecond. It sounds corny, but it was kind of magical.
Even with the glowsticks and headlamps, we were still cautious of the cars. Everytime one came by in our lane, I would slow down, Keers (with the brighter headlamp) would merge in front of me and we'd stay like that until the car passed. I can only imagine the "What the?!" expressions on people's faces as they drove past these girls in bobbing tutus and lights.
As far as the running goes, it went off without a hitch for the most part. There was one part where Keersten and I nearly took a header into the asphalt after unknowingly running into some kind hole. And at about a mile from the finish, I felt a tendon in my right foot snap. I don't think it actually snapped because I'm sure I would have stopped dead in my tracks and wouldn't have been able to continue. But it felt like it snapped. It's happened to me before. I think the tendon gets hyper-extended. So I had to run kind of awkwardly for a while.
|Keersten checking the time to see what our race time was.|
Nathan quickly hands back the camera, tells me, "Good job," and heads back to his car. His job was done. Thanks again, Nathan, for helping me out. You're a good brother.
|This is right after we finished. Look closely and you can see the imprints left by |
Adrenaline gone, the tired set in and Keers and I got in the car and headed home. It was an extremely fun race. The best race of the summer, hands down! I am definitely doing this thing next year. I'm so glad Keersten did it with me as well. I'm also glad that she turned out to be a silly as me about the whole dressing up for it part. Thanks for the tutus idea, Keers!
The other part that I felt good about was the running. I felt really good the entire race, even toward the end when we were sprinting to the finish. Training pays off. Cross-training pays off. It was great to feel by body cooperating with me during a time when I needed it most. I love this sport and I'm so glad there are people out there making fun events for runners like the Nite Lites race.
P.S- I'm still looking for shared stories, so please send me some running or race stories. Please!!! firstname.lastname@example.org