Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boo to You!

Posted by CheapRunnerMike

Happy Halloween everybody!  Hopefully the little ghosts and ghouls don't scare you to much and you can just shoo them away with mini-sized chocolate bars.  Or letters telling them they are obese and shouldn't eat candy.  I would have seriously lost it on this lady.

Here at the CheapRunner household we all went as a family to the church last night…the kids always go to kid's club Wednesday nights (meaning Michelle and I get a little date night), but last night was a family Halloween night.  There were games for everyone to take part in and everyone was encouraged to dress up.  In her post yesterday Michelle teased about our costume…we went as a family of crayons.  Jackson was red, Kennedy was purple, Michelle was pink and I was the box.

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We didn't win the prize for best costume but we did get an honourable mention.  Some of the costumes people had were really good, and our favourite was the Wizard of Oz family…Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man.  They were great!  The kids got to play all kinds of games, win candy and of course come home with a bag full of more candy…

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It's shaping up to be a wet day here, so I'm not really looking forward to taking the kids out trick or treating…I doubt the rain will phase them though -- onward to candy!

In running news, if you are looking to run a spooky trail race tonight and are in the Louisville area, check out 6.66 Miles of Pure Screaming Hell.  It's a nighttime trail race that takes you past the Waverly Sanatorium, which is said to be one of the most haunted places in the world.  I've seen it on some TV shows before and it is creepy…I think the threat of running with ghosts might be enough to get me to PR!

I'm also looking for some news today about whether or not I get to serve as a pacer this weekend at the London Lady's Half Marathon.  Rhoda has signed up for the Half while Michelle and Kennedy are both doing the 5K…it is a women's only race, but they were looking for volunteers so I offered to be a pace bunny.  Supposed to hear back today if they need me, and I'm hoping they do because I would really like to be able to help out at a race.  I've done enough races now that I feel it's time for me to volunteer and help others.

While we have been going through a bit of a cold spell the last week or so with temperatures hovering around freezing, yesterday was one of those beautiful Fall days that remind you why you love Fall…low 60's and sunny, just perfect.  I got out for my run at lunch and got into Forrest Gump mode…I didn't want to stop!

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By the time I was done I had logged almost 10 miles and felt awesome…the afternoon just flew by on my runner's high.  Does anyone else think I looked like a soccer ref though?

Finally, a reminder that tomorrow is November 1, meaning it will be the first day of #Runvember, our #thirtyin30 challenge that we are hosting with this cool cat.  Post your runs on IG or Twitter and use these hashtags to share with everyone.  The goal is to get 30 miles on the books during the month, a great way to keep us motivated while the weather isn't quite as "motivating".


Are you going to join us for #thirtyin30 this #Runvember?

Have you ever volunteered at a race?


  1. I haven't volunteered at a race but sort of want to - in fact I"m thinking that instead of trying to run another ultra I might like to volunteer.
    Love y'all's family costumes!!!

  2. It's hard to imagine a race without volunteers...I think that would be a great idea to get involved in an ultra, probably the only way I ever would.

  3. Thats an awesome family costume- you all look great!

    I try and volunteer a few times a year, it really feels good to give back to the running community- and doesn't hurt that it's always a motivation boost!

  4. You would be a fantastic pacer, bro! You guys look so cute in those Crayola costumes!! Have a great Halloween!!

  5. That's my thinking too Laura...nice to give back when we can

  6. Thanks Chelsea...hopefully I can pace as well as you did last weekend!

  7. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonOctober 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    The family of crayons is absolutely adorable!!
    Being in Louisville, I had heard about the 6.66 miles of screaming hell run. I wonder if they cancelled it due to weather. They postponed trick or treat until tomorrow because of bad weather. I'm not going to do it, but it would probably be fun! Hopefully you'll get to be a pacer. You would be great!!

  8. Abby @ Change of PaceOctober 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Love your family costume! Nice runch- it is hard to stop sometimes!
    I volunteered at one of my husband's bike races this summer; it was a lot of fun!

  9. Sugar Coated SheridanOctober 31, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    LOVE the costumes!!

  10. I was thinking about you when I saw the 6.66 mile race Katie, but figured it was about 93.34 miles short for you :) It was postponed as well until today...can't believe Halloween got bumped! That must have been some awful weather...hope things are nicer there today!

  11. Thanks Abby...Jackson actually liked his crayon costume so much he wanted to wear it for trick or treating last night instead of his actual Halloween costume.
    It really is hard to go back to work when you're in the middle of a good runch!

  12. Thanks Beth...we got them last year for our family trip to Disney. It's nice to have something that matches around for events like this.