Brother: Hey, want to run the Gray Ghost 5k next weekend?
Me: No, I'm still too slow from the marathon.
Me: Okay, that sounds fun after all.
And here's my Jessie!
Oh, Reader, if this experience sounds remotely appealing to you, I so highly recommend dressing up as a kid's movie character for a Halloween race sometime in your life. I don't think I've ever smiled or laughed so much in a race. Something like 2,000 people run this race every year, and an enormous amount of runners dressed up - maybe 80 percent? 90 percent? It was so much fun to see. Some people went all out, like one group dressed as the Peanuts characters. The course involved some corners and out-and-back sections, so once in awhile, I could hear their house rolling down the street.
My sister and her boyfriend dressed as zombies and ran with his mom. I liked her look:
And my brother had a great, super-fast race! My mom cheered all of us on. Afterward, she grabbed a photo of the three of us.
I will be back for this one in 2012. I'm going to have to start brainstorming soon, though - it's going to be tough to improve on this year's run, and I am not talking about pace!