I woke up Halloween Eve to find my sister in a jogging outfit with a liquid eyeliner Harry Potter scar on her forehead.
Nothing too out of the ordinary for Alysha.
"Come run a 10k with me!" she said.
Who am I to deny a girl with a liquid eyeliner Harry Potter scar on her head?
So I agreed.
The "Highway to Hale" 10k happened to be a costume-required event, so I sat patiently as Alysha painted a liquid eyeliner Harry Potter scar on my forehead.
The following photo is post-race, so don't judge.
Though I love to run, I've never participated in an organized race before. I got a bit teary as I pinned my official number on my shirt.
(And no, I'm not grabbing my chest. I'm simply trying to emphasize the greatness of the number 391. As a bonus, I included my world-famous double chin.)
The race itself was a blast.
It was the perfect overcast fall morning.
Not too cold, but chilly enough to keep me from sweating buckets.
The route took us through tree-lined neighborhoods.
The colors were vibrant from a recent dust of rainfall.
It felt soooooooo incredibly good.
The hard-core runners who dressed to the nines for the event provided endless entertainment for the entire six miles.
And my personal favorite....
Crossing the finish line 55 minutes and 29 seconds later was an absolute rush.
Though I'm sure I placed four-billionth in my age group, I think I'm hooked to this race business.
Not because of the running.
Oh no, it's the swag that will keep me coming back.
We received a goody bag full of prizes, including four tickets to two shows at Hale Center Theatre, a coupon for free dinner at Magelbys, a rockin' orange running shirt, chapstick, Jamba Juice vouchers and more.
So thanks to my sissy, for dragging me out of bed for a fantastic pre-Halloween workout.
Anyone want to run a Thanksgiving 10k with me?