Running Wicked is one of the fun runs that I always look forward to. This year I wanted to do it but I was having trouble finding someone that had off work to be able to run with. One of my friends volunteered herself and said she would, but said, “I am much slower than you, so I don’t know if you’d want to run with me.” I replied back, “what’s the point of a fun run if you are running by yourself?” Of course I would stay with you. So that settled that, we would be running the Wicked 10k together.
We were discussing what outfits we wanted to wear because we did want to match, but when it came down to it we decided we did not want to spend money on silly costumes we would never where again. We went through one my friend’s Halloween boxes to see what our options were. It was almost like going to the Halloween store, she had so many.
We found ones that fit each of us and called it a day.
The morning of the race, parking was very easy at the Convention center (not like Rock n Roll). I met my friend with plenty of time to spare. This was her first 10k so I was super excited for her. Her only goal was to not walk any of it. I told her if my pace begins to get too fast to please tell me and I will slow down. We started at a good pace, but then we eventually slowed down.
I kept asking how she was doing and she would give me a thumbs up and we continued on. Throughout the race there were cheesy signs that where up, such as Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the party? And a few yards ahead the next sign would say because he had No Body to dance with.
We were almost at the half way point and she said she might have to walk because she was getting a side stitch. At this point I was feeling bad for her because I know what that’s like. A few minutes later she said she was feeling better. But about a mile later she wanted to walk so we did a few blocks so she could catch her breath, and then we were back off. We were turning on the boardwalk at this time where there was about a mile left and they were handing out Krispy Kreme donuts…..yes please! I normally wouldn’t take that in a race, but heck I wasn’t racing it so why not. It was only a piece anyway. My friend looks at me and I could see it on her face like how are you eating that right now? Another half a mile down the boardwalk they were handing out candy corn. I kindly passed that up(I just hate candy corn). I could finally see the finish line so it was appropriate to tell her not much longer, we are almost there. I hate when people say that a mile into the race when clearly we are not almost there!
We both crossed the finish line with smiles on our faces but happy to be done so now we can enjoy the after party. Usually I am “racing” at races and I am so exhausted by the end that I grab a quick picture and I am on my way back home or to the hotel. I never seem to stay for the entertainment for after the races. But this time it was different. She said her husband was in charge of taking all their kids to their games this morning so she could stay here and have fun!
J&A Race Series really know how to put on a good race. There is always a great band, finishers swag, and food and drinks.
These folks won the costume contest.
We received our medal and a Wicked 10k ball cap and made our way to the beach where the festivities are. We had one soup ticket and three beer tickets. The soup was tomato basil and you had the choice of beer between blue moon and grapefruit shandy. In the past the soup was always given in a bread bowl, but not this year, so I was kind of bummed about that, but it was still good. We grabbed our soup and beer and listened to the band play. The band this year was a 80s tribute band named The Doloreans. If you are a local you know that this band is super popular in the area and always packs a full house when they play at restaurants, so it was nice seeing them play on the open beach. After enjoying some adult time, it was time for my friend to pick up her kids from their games. She thanked me again for staying with her, and I thanked her for signing up so I had someone to run with. It was a fun race, with an even better after party. -L
Happy Halloween All! -L
We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.