When I wrote about the Turkey Trot races that I ran in mid-October, I received many comments from readers who were surprised that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Since we have a colder climate, our harvest is earlier, hence the need for an earlier Thanksgiving. This also means that we have more time to recover from a huge meal before the December feasting begins.
Canadians do celebrate Halloween on the same day as our American friends but the local Halloween race, Trek or Treat, is in the middle of October, most likely because it is held in the cold and dark; it’s much warmer in mid-October than at the end of the month. So that I wouldn’t confuse you, I held off on posting the race report until November 1st.
Now look at the picture carefully. Right! It’s not me. It’s my friend, Michelle, who used this as her comeback race (5K) after a long lay-off. Yeah, Michelle! I decided not to run for the reasons that Michelle did. Runners (almost all of them) dress up and I didn’t want to run in costume. Secondly, it is a spooky run which works its way around dark, dark streets, a cemetery and trails; spooky volunteers and noise-makers jump out from the dark and scare runners as they run past. Finally, it is so dark that runners must wear a headlamp to participate (and I didn’t want to run with one of those either), The combination of low visibility, costumes and trails would make it a race that would be difficult to PR on.
Skipper ran his mile in 9 minutes and change. Little Ironman and I were fairly close behind, finishing in 14 minutes – not bad for a 4 year old whose only training involved chasing the girls to kiss them at recess.
The favorite part of the evening for the boys was the pizza.
I run for chocolate but, my boys, they run for pizza!