This morning was the Go!St. Louis Halloween 10K in St. Louis. Any road race that inspires runners to dress in costume is inherently more fun than the average road race, so I was thrilled to run today.
While my own costume (I dressed as a bag of M&Ms) wasn’t terribly creative, there were some elaborate costumes (a guy dressed as Princess Toadstool riding Yoshi, for instance) and some really clever ones (my personal favorite were “Peace & Quiet”; a women dressed as a hippie while her male counterpart was dressed as a mime).
Three women dressed up as a chef, a chicken and an egg. The chicken and the egg chased each other throughout the race. Here’s a photo:
With a course that began near Chestnut and 15th in downtown St. Louis and meandered through Soulard, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, and back downtown, the run offered nice views of St. Louis icons like the Arch, Soldier’s Memorial, Busch Stadium and Soulard’s beautiful old row houses.
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, bringing nearly 5,000 runners to the race and drawing standers-by out of their homes with warm morning coffee in tow, cheering us on. The race was well-organized and a lot of fun. Costume contests, nice t-shirts, and medals in the shapes of ghosts made the race that much more fun to be a part of.
Interested in running or otherwise taking better care of yourself? Have faith in yourself and stay determined. We all started somewhere, and wellness is a constant journey. Events like this one oftentimes have 1 mile walks or shorter fun runs for runners and walkers.
Running stores and local fitness facilities often have trainers and coaches who can help you figure out where to start, and I’ve found that the community of runners and walkers I’ve found in St. Louis are welcoming and encouraging. If I can do it, you can do it – I have faith.