Yea…that was me.
I ran the Securian Frozen Half Marathon (part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival) in a homemade freezer costume on Saturday. The route was 13.1 miles. I finished at a leisurely 2:10:55, which is an even 10-minute mile pace.
Yes, the costume slowed me down a bit. It was pretty windy and that wide box dragged like a kite! But it was a blast, and as one runner I ran with for a while on Saturday noted, everyone kind of embraced me.
I got lots of encouraging, “Go Warners!” cheers or “Yeah, dishwasher!” and of course, “You’re crazy!” Plus, I think a lot of people used me as motivation; I heard several times that morning, “Don’t get beat by a washer” by groups making a push up the line.
And the weather held up; It didn’t rain as much as expected, and it was a balmy 35 degrees.
We made the freezer costume out of cardboard and felt,with a sign for the “inside” of the freezer that said “I’m freezin.” I didn’t figure out how to put arm holes in it, so I just ran with my arms inside.
I think I’ll be back next year, and I’m open to suggestions on what to wear then. Thanks to everyone at the Winter Carnival for such a fun, St. Paul-esque event!