The return of OATMEAL!
Oh, oatmeal. I’ve missed you. Normally, I buy oatmeal in 5 pound bags from Costco (and therefore basically never have to buy oatmeal), but I recently ran out and could NOT remember for the LIFE of me to pick up oatmeal at the store. I think the cooler weather finally motivated me to remember, though.
It’s Fall, after all!
In the mix:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 a banana
- Toppings: raspberries
Halloween Costumes for Runners, Part II
Grace wrote, “I ran the Jazz half-marathon in cowgirl last year. It was so fun! Read the recap on my blog. Even in denim, I had no chaffing; however, I did lose a squirt gun at the starting line. Next time I’ll custom-fit my holsters. Around Mile 6, I challenged a gladiator to a duel. I won the duel, and I beat him to the finish!”
Kelsey wrote, “I ran as Robin Hood last year! It was so fun, my first race in costume, and I got 2nd place (for my outfit, not my time!).” Here’s her race recap.
Andrea wrote, “Every June, Portland, Oregon (The City of Roses) has a week-long Rose Festival. One of the festivities is a Starlight Parade and before that is a Starlight Run in which the 5k course is the parade route. There are thousands of spectators waiting for the parade witnessing the race, and since this is a "fun-run" they encourage everyone to dress up in costume. The year I did the run, the theme was the 70′s – break out the short shorts! The race itself was a blast and the costumes were amazing. I wish I had pictures, but I saw one dude who dressed up as the Village People – ALL of them. He rigged up some contraption with dummies on it that moved when he did – he was the Indian and the dummies were the construction worker, the police officer, and the cowboy. Another guy, dressed in all polyester, held up a big square on his shoulders with pictures of the Brady Bunch in the nine squares inside. His head was "Mr. Brady" and he even had a boom box playing the Brady Bunch theme song on a loop. Portlanders take their costumes seriously!”
Cute costumes, right? In the end… I’ve decided to forgo the costume for my October 30 Marathon. I am just WAY too nervous about 26.2 miles to begin with, and I think the last thing I want to deal with is a costume. If it was a 5K, I’d be all over it. But I can’t get the potential chafing horrors out of my mind.
Plus – remember that rule, “Never do anything NEW on race day”? Doesn’t that mean I’d have to do a training run in my costume!? And then everyone in the neighborhood would think I was insane for running up and down the street dressed as a Panda on October 19.