So today was our costume run as this was the weekend before another Halloween comes around to frighten us and stop all the traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard. Now the last couple of times I have trained for the LA Marathon I never bothered to wear a costume, and I have constantly been using that excuse Christina Ricci made famous as Wednesday in “The Addams Family:”
“I’m a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else.”
But this time I felt like I had long since worn out that clever excuse so I put on my Jason Voorhees (the teenager eliminator from the “Friday the 13th” movies) costume which has lied buried in my closet for far too long. I think I considered wearing it last year but got all afraid that the police would shoot at me as I carried that plastic machete in my right hand (which doesn’t even look all that real by the way).
I actually bought this costume for $50 bucks a few years ago (the machete, of course, was a separate purchase), and it was for a company Halloween party. Having scared everyone I came in contact with as I walked over to my cubicle, it should have been no wonder that I won the Scariest Costume Award that day. But in addition to getting a nice paper certificate commemorating my achievement, all I got was a measly $5 Pinkberry gift card. Clearly, this costume had not quite runs its course yet.
Not all the runners at Griffith Park were in costumes, but the ones that were had dressed up like magical fairies with wands to grant your fondest wish or superheroes that looked ready to fly into the sky, so my costume certainly stood out. For some reason, a line from another masked character kept going through my head:
“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.”
-Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises”
Today we had the option of running just three miles, or us marathon veterans could run five instead. While my instincts were to run five, I decided to stick with the rest of my group and just run three. I decided it wasn’t going to be worth the risk to over exert myself here as I am basically starting all over again. Moreover, I have been lucky so far in that I haven’t broken any bones or pulled any muscles in marathon training, and hopefully my luck there will continue.
The weather was cool in the morning which I was thankful for. That Jason costume certainly came in handy as it had long cotton knitted sleeves which kept me warm. Wearing that mask however got my face all sweaty, and that’s even though it was a paper kind of mask and not plastic. I’m going to have to sterilize it before I wear it again. Yucky!
I imagine it was quite a sight to see Jason Voorhees running with a machete through the suburban neighborhoods of Burbank (and in shorts no less). Tom, one of the runners in my pace group, said he saw some kid in the back of a car jump out of his seat at the sight of me. Darn it, I can’t believe I missed that!
Other runners said that I looked charming in my costume which is odd considering that I was dressed as a killer who keeps rising from the dead to kill new generations of teenagers. Well, it was just as well because had I looked seriously threatening, I think I would have found myself in the back of a police car in cuffs and that would not be a good thing. At the very least, that machete was a good way to motivate my fellow runners to stay on pace as we did run a little too fast on the first mile.
I’m glad I’m doing this marathon training again. It’s great to be around such wonderful people and forcing myself to exercise early in the morning. I’m having more luck running on Saturday mornings than I do going to the gym during the week. Every time I do go, it feels like I’m starting all over again. But don’t worry, I’ll keep at it.
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Week 1 of 2013 Los Angeles Marathon Training
Day 2 of 2012 Los Angeles Marathon Training
Running 12 Miles with the T2EA Honolulu Runners