|I'm on the left, Krissy on the right|
I shopped for my "costume" last minute. Soooo last minute in fact that I was about 20 minutes late picking Krissy up. We had a little over an hour commute but were worried about traffic and finding parking so there really is nothing like adding a little last minute anxiety. Thankfully none of it proved to be an issue. We got to packet pick up with 15 minutes to spare. It was odd because you literally walked up to a table, they asked you your tshirt size and violia you get a bag with a bib, ridiculously small tshirt and some glowsticks. No id checks, no official wave time...anyone could have just walked in really. We hit the port-a-potties, downed a free rockstar and got in line for the start. This was probably the slowest start I've ever been in BUT it was party so who really cared? I actually think the start line was the best part of the whole deal. All the excitement of what was to come paired with lots of glowsticks, neon and EDM = a really fun 45+ minute wait.
It was odd to hear essentially my marathon playlist shared for the whole world to hear. 95% of my running playlist is EDM. I love country music, I love rock, I like pop, but EDM just makes this girl go CRAZY! It's what makes me legs move :) My first EDM experience was a Daft Punk show in 2007 I believe, it was FANTASTIC. Fantastic actually sounds like a pretty lame word to try and describe it but no words could adequately describe it. I also took James to his first show, Benny Benassi's Winter White Party- A-MAZING! Most recently (ok last summer) we saw Kaskade for my birthday, again, the experience goes beyond words. Hours of dancing, getting sweaty, fist bumping, laughing and just living in the moment. Alright, well how did I get off on this little tangent? Back to running....
We watched the night turn from dusk to full out darkness before we got to the front of the pack. We finally took off and I quickly realized several things:
A. I couldn't see shit
B. My cool glasses weren't going to stay on once I started to get sweaty
C. I forgot to bobby pin my wig on!
I'm not going to detail every exhibit (umbrellas, snow machine, black lights), but I will tell you that the ground reached up and tried to trip me once- I survived. And, it was a very slow moving race- I think there maybe more walkers than runners. It was fun to just enjoy the experience though. We stopped and took pictures often. Krissy and I didn't even bring our Garmins!
Overall a very fun race. I'll look forward to it next year, and maybe a few more friends will come along for the ride ;)