OH MY WORD IT WAS SO FUN!!!
What a blast seriously, I can’t wait to do it again next year!
If you are unaware, the Krispy Kreme Run is THIS and it is so, so legit.
So it started out kind of rough because we sprinted and jumped a half-mile’s worth all over the NCSU campus in a frenzy trying to find the packet-pick-up tent 5 minutes before the race began. I was freaking out and was so worked up that I thought I was gonna cry, but cry I did not and we found it in the nick of time and the sprint turned out to be a really good warm up!
Upside down number cause of the aforementioned stressful frenzy
The morning was so gorgeous! There was a nice chill in the air, perfect for running, TONS of people around (7700!) and a lot of cool costumes to keep us alert:
Christian ran ahead, so Mom and I decided to walk the whole way. One MAJOR BIG DEAL half-marathon a year gives us a lot of slack I think!
Anyway, I learned something today. I learned that the best part about being the slowest one in a loop race is that as you are getting TO the destination, all the buffest people are going BACK, and that’s just something to be thankful for. There were plenty of buff men with handsome faces about, some of them be-shirted, others not. I took full opportunity to encourage these super brave men in their journey, with lots of thumbs up and yelling and yes, even some winking thrown in. Mom might have been a little embarrassed, but what can I say?
I’m an opportunity taker.
Well we got to the Krispy Kreme store eventually and a beautiful person gave Mom and me a box of donuts each!
I WAS SO PSYCHED YOU GUYS YOU SEE??!!?
There were crazy awesome people EVERYWHERE (like everywhere, everywhere) with 3 crushed donuts in each palm, eating like there was no tomorrow! These people were awe-inspiring, but the moments of awe were ruined by loud grunts and groans and burps. Pretty grody.
donut corpses... respect
Mom had no donuts and I ate one because we are both delicate females who are also super wimpy. We carried our boxes the rest of the way through downtown Raleigh. That was nice. The finish line was guh-loriously disgusting and kind of slick with vomit, but it was so worth it to finish. SO FUN! All of it!
Now, the Krispy Kreme Challenge was super cray in a good way, but I did notice one thing about it that could use improvement.
In Oregon when we ran the half, people were cheering each other on, yelling into each other’s ears, pounding each other on the back! You let out a whoop, you got one in return, and vice versa! Everyone was excited to be running and they were all helping to build on each others’ (other’s?) enthusiasm. It was just the way to participate in a great race!
That was what I was expecting for this race. Actually I was expecting even more of that because it is a FIVE MILE COLLEGE FUN RUN WITH DONUTS.
So I yelled at like everyone, especially the cute guys, and like clapped and all that because things were SO EXCITING and you know what I got?
Like NOTHING is what I got! If it is possible to have awkward silences during a race, then the awkward silences I got during this race were awkward silences beyond compare. I don’t know if people think it’s just not cool to yell and be excited about something or what. Maybe they were all snobby Cary-ites. Anyway all I know is that people were generally being really boring and not at all supportive of enthusiasm.
It was pretty much the subdued march of the bland and uninteresting.
‘Cept for these guys. I fell in MAD love with them. They totally roared back and pretended to chop people’s heads off with their cardboard swords. So awesome. :
Buncha Spartan babes
SO overall it was an amazing race! Next year Christian and I have decided to dress up in a big way and form a team! Who knows, maybe we’ll even eat an acceptable amount of donuts. We’ll be legitimate NCSU students by then, so I’m assuming that eating a non-wimpy amount of donuts is obligatory.