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Monster Dash

by Meghann on October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!



A couple of days ago Derek had forwarded an email my way advertising a free 5k put on by the local Trek Store. The flyer advertised a free run where costumes were encouraged and prizes would be awarded. I was so there. I had been playing with the idea of doing a fun halloween race this weekend anyways and anything with the word ‘free’ in the title always catches my attention. πŸ˜‰

Unfortunately the drip-drops of rain when I woke up to this morning put a temporary downer on my running plans. Was it worth a drive to South Tampa for a run in rain? Were all my friends still going to show up? Hmmm….

Instead of listening to the half of my brain that was encouraging me to crawl back in bed, I got up, got dressed and decided I wasn’t going to let a little rain scare me. It already forced me on a treadmill yesterday, I wasn’t going to let it take away my fun run too.

I fueled up with a new Peppermint Stick Clif Bar


(a little disappointed with the lack of peppermint flavor)


And was out the door.

When we first pulled into the designated meeting area, I was a little nervous there weren’t many cars. This 5k was more of a fun run than a race and had very minimal advertising leading up to the event. I’m sure the cloudy skies scared a few runners away, but some encouraging tweets from my friends let me know they were on there way.


(Hi Callie, Mary, and Nate!)

Derek and I made our way into Trek store and were instantly greeted with smiling, encouraging faces that assured me there was still a fun run happening today.

Good thing too, I didn’t dress up like a football player for nothin’. πŸ˜‰


Need a cheap and easy costume for halloween? Grab a football jersey – add some face paint – done. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

It was Maddie who gave me the idea. I had one of those ‘a-ha’ moments when I was pulling her costume out of her basket.


Now, if only I had my FSU jersey still…. πŸ˜‰

Just before 8:00am we lined up out the door and were given instructions to follow the marked course. There were about 20 of us, a nice small group for a morning fun run.


Our faithful dinosaur leader said ‘go’ and we were off. I had no goals for this run, just to enjoy the course and make sure Maddie had a good time. When I heard the run was ‘family friendly’ I knew I had to bring Maddie along. Finally a ‘race’ she could do too! She was pumped to run!


It wasn’t long before the jogging stroller passed.


Sure, let the 4 month old beat me. Bye Mini Athlete! See you at the finish line!

Mary and I sort of teamed up and did the run together. It was nice because she’s from the area and knew it like the back of her hand (this way I knew I wouldn’t get lost πŸ˜‰ ). I’ve chatted with Mary online in the past, but this was our first time meeting face-to-face. There’s no better way to get to know someone better than on a run.


Marry is speedy (you know, being a Boston Qualifier and all), went to school at UCF, AND has a twin sister who went to a different school (finally another set of twins who didn’t go to the same college). She also didn’t mind waiting during Maddie’s potty break.


Maddie did great! There were a few snickers from the crowd when they saw the 12-lb JRT pull up, ready to run, but she really held her own. I can go on and about how much Maddie loves to run, but I don’t think you’d really understand unless you saw the pure joy on her face or how much energy she has during each mile.

Maddie only stopped once to take care of business, but that was it. Even when I had to stop and tie my shoe, she was jumping up and down ready to get moving. She didn’t sniff, chase a squirrel, or bark at any dogs (pretty crazy considering it was a new area she had never been too) – she just wanted to run. πŸ™‚

Go, Maddie, Go!

The 3 miles flew by and we ended up crossing the ‘finish line’ a little after the 27 minute mark.


Not bad for two girls who were just running for fun with a pup.


Of course, Mini Athlete came in long before us.


He sure is speedy in that stroller! But I think he had some help. πŸ˜‰


Here comes Momma! Go Callie!



After everyone finished up, we headed back inside for the raffling of a pair of running shorts, socks, and a visor.


I didn’t win, but I did get some good baby time.


I <3 him. πŸ™‚

We had plans to go out to breakfast, but weren’t sure where. Mary instantly chimed in that we should go the cafe at The Tahitian Inn for good food.


And this is why I love locals.

The Tahitian Inn is not something we normally would have considered at all (it’s just a blip on the road when you drive down Dale Mabry), but the cafe had a great outside dining area, a great menu, and delicious food. Our server could have used a little pep in his step, but that was our only complaint.

Great call Mary!

I ordered the veggie omelet with egg whites, cheddar cheese, and a side of fruit.


With dry rye toast.


Loved it all. πŸ™‚

I think Mini Athlete’s big morning was starting to catch up to him.


(How cute is his dragon costume?!)

And he wasn’t the only one…

Maddie couldn’t wait to zonk out when we walked in the door.


She had missed out on her normal 4 hours of mid-morning sleep and was due for a catch up. She hasn’t moved from that spot since we’ve gotten home. Derek says she need to run a 5k every day. I agree!

And now it’s time to chill. Thank goodness for a quiet Saturday with no plans. Yippee!

1 Elizabeth October 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Where did you find Maddies outfit!? I love it!

2 Meghann October 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

I purchased the jersey at a Farmer’s Market a couple of years ago <– post where I bought it
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3 Sana October 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I like running small local races, they are cheap and fun!
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4 Megan W. October 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

OMG, maddie’s face is total contentment. I love a tired and happy pup πŸ™‚ Fast run today!! Good job!!

5 wymberley October 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Maddie makes me want a dog ssoooo bad!
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6 Kim October 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm
7 erica October 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

aw looks like fun!!! go maddie! go! she’s so cute!
everyone looked great in their costumes!
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8 Emily@SavoryandSavage October 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Lol, what a fun race! I wish they had more races like those where I live.

Absolutely loved the shot of the stroller passing you – very funny – but, hey, who would want to outrun a baby that is that cute??:-)
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9 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

That’s great that your dog loves to run so much, too cute! And yes, the football player costume is always my classic last-minute costume. So easy! And you can wear leggings… Anything that allows me to wear leggings is a winner.
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10 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

what a fun morning! i love doggy-friendly races and mini athlete wannabe is a-freakin-dorable… have a great saturday!
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11 Alaina October 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Maddie looks like she’s having a blast!

Hmm, your friend gives me an idea! I still have my Junior Girl Scout uniform.

12 Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups October 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Love that Maddie ran too! Great race, you two!
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13 Leslie October 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Loved hearing about your race, it sounds like fun.
I would like to point out the use of “anyways”. I know this is a common mistake for you and tough to break. Anyway is an adverb and can not be plural. Also your use of “there” when referring to your friends being on “there way” is incorrect. Use the word their when referring to your friends this is used to show procession. There is a location and totally wrong word. I urge you to work to improve your writing. It will enhance your credibility as a professional writer. You may want to pass the proper use of anyway vs anyways on to Ben he often makes the same error.

14 Amanda October 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Maddie is so cute! I love her little costume. πŸ™‚
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15 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) October 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Aw, that looks like so much fun!! And that little dinosaur costumed-baby is freakin’ adorable!
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16 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I had NO idea Cliff bar had a peppermint kind!!! AHHHH so excited about this πŸ™‚

looks like a fun day for ya!
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17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

That looks so fun!! And totally looks like it would be *my* kind of way to celebrate Halloween! πŸ™‚
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18 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Adorable little baby!! Maddie is adorable too. Sounds like such a fun run πŸ™‚

19 Reenie October 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

Maddie is so cute running ~ and lil athlete is adorable πŸ™‚

20 Liz October 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

That last picture of Maddie is so cute – she looks adorable in her jersey πŸ™‚

21 Ali @ Ali Runs October 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I wanted to do a fun Halloween costume run this weekend, but I just couldn’t find one in my area. Maybe next year πŸ™‚
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22 Mara October 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

I love that you take Maddie with you on runs… and 5Ks πŸ™‚ Our lab went with me for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk this past weekend, and loved every second of it. Even in the rain. (Hey, she’s a lab… she’s built for water!)
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23 Christie October 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

Looks like you had a blast!! Loved all the pics
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24 Sophie October 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Looks like so much fun! And a v v goood (and cheap!) costume idea! πŸ™‚
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