Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Run 5K 9.21.14

For our September race, Adam and I completed the Great Pumpkin Run 5K in Gallatin. We decided on this race because it was unique that we'd get to run through a corn maze as well as go home with a pumpkin. Plus, we had Connor for that weekend and knew it'd be fun checking out the maze and all the activities at Shuckles Farm with him. We also just thought it would be a fun way for us to kick off the start of fall as a family!

Gram joined us on that Sunday as we headed to the farm. We loved that the race had a 10am start, so we were all able to go without getting up too early! When we got there, we discovered that the long sleeve shirts looked like jack-o-lanterns - so cool!

We love being able to take Connor with us to the occasional race. We feel like it is so important for him to learn about the importance of being fit and healthy, but especially about how doing so can be a lot of fun! We decided to not sign him up to run this one with us like we did the Color Run back in April because we knew the course was all on uneven, grassy terrain with a mile of it on a very narrow path in a corn maze... but he had a blast hanging out with Gram and cheering us on at a few spots while we raced!

The race itself was a lot of fun - it reminded me a LOT of my cross country days since we were running on grass the entire time.  It was a bit humid, but fortunately it was a cloudy day and wasn't too hot. The last mile was through the corn maze, where we quickly discovered that's a whole different kind of running! They of course marked the course so we knew where to go, but it's a lot of narrow twists and turns so we slowed down a ton. I realized quickly that my lack of trail running while in Indy also made those kinds of turns hard on the ankles.

All in all, it was a really unique experience. We had a ton of fun running this kind of race!  We also got medals, which was a nice perk for a 5K.  And we hung around a bit longer than most runners since we had little man and were checking out the activities, so the staff sent us home with a few extra pumpkins!

One of our favorite little activities was trying to lift all these bags that got heavier along the line. Connor was able to lift as many as me!

We played all the little games, saw the animals at the petting zoo, and went on a hayride!

We also did some silly stuff like this!

After we finished everything else, we went into the corn maze. Connor led us the entire time, and he did a great job helping us all find our way through. We all had so much fun!

We definitely spent a fun couple of hours at the race and the farm, and little man had a great time! Will we run this race again? Probably not - it was sort of one of those things of like, "well, we've done that." Would I recommend it to someone else to do if they haven't? Absolutely! And especially if you want something different from your typical road race. It's also a really fun thing to go to with a kiddo!

1 comment:

Christine Weisman said...

What a fun morning! Totally agree on showing your child to be active is actually fun! I hope Zoe will enjoy sports later.