Happy Halloween-eve! I hope you guys have your costumes for the big day if you’re dressing up. Clay and I plan to relax at home and hand out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters (we have tons). I am doing the James Island Connector Run on Saturday, so a low-key, restful, Halloween is exactly what I need.
On Sunday morning, I started celebrating Halloween early with the Spooky Skyline Shuffle group run that Virginia and Rocky from OnShore Racing hosted. It was a fun 5K group run around downtown Charleston and included 2 parking garages- hence “skyline” in the title. We don’t have hills in Charleston, so everyone here runs inside parking garages or on bridges to train for hilly races elsewhere.
The group run was pretty casual, not a race, and everyone was encouraged to wear costumes. I dressed up like a sailor. I think the costume was supposed to be a “sexy sailor”, but it worked out pretty well because it was short enough for me to wear running shorts underneath.
We started right in front of the aquarium garage with a group picture.
Running around downtown as a big group in costumes was pretty fun. Charleston’s lone cruise ship, the Carnival Fantasy, was in port that morning, so all the passengers disembarking saw us as they came off the boat. The cruisers got a kick out of it and some were taking pictures. Getting off a cruise ship on your last day is pretty sad, so hopefully we made them smile even though their vacations ended.
Since I was participating in Running with the Hounds Sunday afternoon, I just ran at an easy pace with my friend Cherry and we talked about marathons and the Cooper River Bridge Run. It was a great conversation and made running the inclines a bit easier. Pretty soon, we were back at the aquarium garage- everyone ran up that garage and finished with a beautiful view.
This was only the second time I’ve run in a costume, but I liked it. Most of our costume races here are Zombie themed so my costume would stick out, but I’d do a 5K in a costume. Anything longer might be uncomfortable unless you did a practice run in your costume to know that it’s comfortable and doesn’t chafe or itch, but I knew I could handle 3.1 miles wearing whatever.
It was a great run- thanks OnShore Racing for changing up the Sunday group run for Halloween!