Race Report: Halloween Hunt – October 25, 2014

This race was basically an excuse to wear an old Halloween costume. It was only $8 to run it, and it was along one of my favorite running paths, so why not?

I debated between two running-friendly costumes. 2013’s Velma (if it was cold out) or 2011’s Black Swan (if it was warm). Honestly, I was really hoping I could do Black Swan, as that one is way more fun. As the time for the race got closer, it appeared that it would be in the 60s-70s. Yay!

Obviously, I didn’t wear pointe shoes to run in (that’s nightmare fuel), but I laced ribbon through my running shoes and tied it around my ankle to mimic them. I bobby-pinned my hair and the tiara to death, but I was still sure it was going to fall off while running. Luckily, the rest of the costume was not an issue. I guess one plus of having a ballerina-sized chest is that a backless leotard works just as well as a sports bra, haha.

I wasn’t planning on really racing this, so I didn’t have any time goals. The costume contest was my real goal.

Race Day

The race wasn’t until 11 am, so I had a leisurely morning in bed before finally pulling myself up around 8:30 to start work on my hair and makeup. I meant to drink some water when I got up, but I forgot, so I went into the race with a completely empty stomach.

I arrived, parked, and got my bib. After pinning it to my leotard, I joined the group of Mt. Juliet Flyers who were running the race for a group photo.

Mt Juliet Flyers before Halloween Hunt

The start line wasn’t marked, so we just headed in the direction of where we thought the start line was supposed to be. There was no timing mat at the start, so the official times must all be from gun time, since my watch (which I started as we passed the orange cone that I figured was the start) was about five seconds less than the official time.

Mile 1: 10:21
This is the only mile I ran straight through without a walk break, so it was my fastest. We started on an out and back section down a park road before ending up on the 2ish mile loop around the lake that we would run twice.

Mile 2: 11:01
I took a walk break about 1.25 miles in. I could definitely feel the fatigue in my legs from my running streak. I was also really wanting some water, but I had passed the water station at about 0.75 miles in and wouldn’t see it again till the end of the third mile.

Halloween Hunt 5 miler

Mile 3: 11:10
At some point on this mile, I realized that my car keys, which I had stuck in the bodice of my leotard, were not where I had put them. It took me some time to figure out that they had fallen all the way down to the bottom of my leotard. Yes, I had keys in my crotch. They weren’t really bothering me, so I just left them there. Right as I was completing the first loop of the lake trail, the winner came zooming past me into the finish. Yes, I was lapped! He was so freaking fast. I finally got some water.

Mile 4: 10:49
Refreshed from my water break, I picked up the pace a little. I don’t have much to say about this mile, other than the fatigue in my legs was getting heavier and I started counting down until the end of the race.

Mile 5: 10:49
My watch actually says that the race was 4.84 miles. Most people I spoke to said theirs came in around 4.95, so I don’t know if the course was short or what. It doesn’t really matter to me, since I wasn’t running this for a PR. I was just happy to finish in under an hour!

Official Time: 52:23

Despite not trying to run fast, I still managed to come in less than a minute from my PR. Again, I don’t know if the course was actually short or not. (The race director for this also measures and certifies a lot of the races around town, so it would shock me if it actually was short. Probably GPS error from running through the woods.)

Black Swan at Halloween Hunt

Everything in the costume held up nicely! Props to the bobby pins and waterproof makeup!

As for the costume contest, I did not win or even place. The judging is done by crowd cheers, so, of course, any cute kids got the top prize. (Although I did kind of agree with the winners. It was a family with the dad dressed as a farmer, the mom as a duck, the kid was a cow, and their stroller was decorated as a barn. It was cute.) Anyone have a child they wish to donate to me for next year’s run? ­čśŤ

My Rapunzel Running Costume

Remember the sketch I made for this costume? I’m happy to report, I came fairly close.

For the top, I started with a base running shirt from 2XU, which I bought solely because the color was perfect. I decided to get the long-sleeved version, just so I’d have some extra material to work with, in case I needed it. I wasn’t terribly fond of the shirt, other than the color, as it was a little tight for my liking, but it performed well on race day, which is all that really matters.

I put the shirt on inside out and marked where I wanted to start the puff sleeves. After removing the shirt, I carefully cut the sleeves off. Then I measured how long I wanted it to be, added a couple inches, and chopped off the sleeve at that point. After that, I ripped out the seam and cut it into four roughly equal pieces.

I later discovered that this didn’t make the sleeve poofy enough for my liking, so I did end up using the lower part of the sleeve to cut out two more sections. Glad I bought the long-sleeved shirt!

I was feeling broke and lazy, so I rummaged through my scrap box for some pink or purple fabric to use as the sleeve insets. I had about three choices, so I picked the one I liked the looks of with the skirt the best (as for the other choices, one was more hot pink and the other was too blue). I know it’s not the same color as the source photo, but, as I said, I was trying to avoid a trip to the fabric store.

I cut out pieces to match the lengths of the already-cut sleeve pieces, then arranged them out how they would be sewn together.

The cut-out material for one sleeve.

The cut-out material for one sleeve.

I pinned each piece, right-sides facing, and then sewed them all together.

The sewn-together sleeve.

The sewn-together sleeve.

I put in a basting stitch on both the top and bottom hem of the sleeve and used it to gather the material. I measured around my arm where the sleeve would end and cut out a piece of material to act as a band. I sewed it to the bottom hem of the sleeve, then I sewed the sleeve ends together.

Finally, I attached the sleeve to the shirt. (It sounds so simple to say this, but you don’t know how many times I accidentally sewed something wrong and had to redo it. I hate sewing, by the way.)

Sleeves attached to the shirt.

Sleeves attached to the shirt.

Once both sleeves were on there, I had to figure out what to do about the corseted look of the front. I ended up going to the fabric store anyway. (So I might as well have used the right color fabric on the sleeves. Oh well.) I rummaged through the trim and ribbon aisle until I found some lace stuff that looked like it could double as eyelets. Score! Way easier than actually sewing eyelets.

I used the lace trim around the neck of the shirt (since her dress has lace around the collar), and then laboriously hand-stitched the trim down the front of the shirt in two lines. When that was done, I laced the pink ribbon through it. Voila!

Using lace trim as eyelets

I trimmed that ribbon down before the race.

The skirt was easy. I bought it from SparkleSkirts.

I looked all over Disney World for either a Pascal or frying pan pin I could wear, but came up empty handed.

I also considered wearing a tiara, but I forgot to buy it. Probably would have been annoying anyway. I did style my hair to look like it had just gotten chopped off (like I literally got a hair cut the day before I left for Disney…at Great Clips, so it would look…rougher), but the humidity took that away from me.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2014

Full shot of my costume

Anyway, the costume was great! I had no issues with it on race day and would wear it again. ­čÖé

WDW Half Marathon: Costume Design!

So I was pretty excited to find out that a lot of people dress up to run in Disney’s marathons and half marathons. I pondered for a few weeks about who I could dress up as. I didn’t want to wear a wig to run in, obviously, so I wanted to go with someone who had naturally brown hair. Preferably pulled back or short. Snow White was obvious, but everyone seems to do Snow White. I considered Belle and Jasmine.

And then one afternoon it occurred to me: Rapunzel, after she (spoiler alert!) has her hair chopped off at the end of the movie is a short haired brunette! And it wouldn’t be a difficult costume to turn into a running outfit.

Here’s my preliminary sketch:
rapunzel half marathon costume

Now I can be on the lookout for running gear that I can modify to turn into Rapunzel! In fact, a preliminary google search for flared, purple running skirts turned up a Rapunzel skirt by SparkleSkirts!

My biggest question mark is around shoes right now. Since she is always barefoot, I’d want something with a barefoot look. Probably flesh colored minimalist shoes, if any exist. Vibrams (the shoes with the five separate toes) would be awesome, but I don’t know if I’m ready to go that minimalist, especially in a half marathon. Should I just go with some matching purple shoes?