2014 Monster Dash 5k {1st Run after 2nd baby }

I feel like I’ve written this exact title before…oh wait I have,
the Monster Dash was my first run after Apple last year.
Anyway This race completed my first attempt at the Monster Dash Series (The medal in the top left corner) I didn’t complete all 4 races but I still feel like I earned this. I had to skip the Get Lucky 7k this year because of medical concerns. It was my first DNS (did not start) and hopefully there won’t be any more. I also didn’t get to run the Minneapolis 1/2 marathon this year but that was because they canceled it. Plus I did make up for it with the Red, White and Boom 1/2 Marathon relay a few weeks later. So all and all I’m very proud of this running season.

The weather was perfect for a fall run, I hope it stays like this for a while. We took the light rail in to the race venue and had a short walk to the start line, and as always the crowd was awesome. There were 7,000 or so runners for the 5k and so they let us go in waves. Since we were running with Apple again we started in the very back. We crossed the start line about 25 min after the race formally started we saw quite a few finishers back by the time we started. The atmosphere was great though so I didn’t mind the delay a bit.

We were off and as always the beginning was crowded and trying to weave through with a stroller was, ummm, interesting. I COMPLETELY understand that this is advertised as a fun walk/run. However I really wish people would go ALL THE WAY to the sides of the road if they are walking or need to stop. It was really hard to run at any speed when you are constantly running into groups of people spread out all over the road walking.

The run itself was great starting along the Mississippi river then weaving up through down town St Paul for a bit and finally back down to the Mississippi for the finish line. Along the way we saw some really fun costumes but my personal favorite was Indiana Jones running from the boulder, yep there was a guy running in a 6 ft boulder costume. There were also quite a few super heroes including many Ninja Turtles. The thing I kept smiling at were the many cute little girls running as Elsa. I started to wonder what movie character would be big when Apple wanted to dress up, and if she would even want to run with me.

It was a great day all 3 of us had fun. I will continue to run this race, hopefully with Apple and someday Gummy Bear too. I just have to remember its a fun run and not get too frustrated with the walkers. Next year however I will make sure I’m at the front of the stroller group not the back.

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