Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dia de los Muertos 8k

As you know, I majored in Latin American Studies as an undergrad, and my masters degree specialty was Inter-American Studies.  So, I love holidays like Dia de los Muertos.  And, luckily, a good friend of mine decided to direct the inaugural Dia de los Muertos 8k on Friday evening in Brackenridge Park.

I worked on my costume for months, and I thought it would be fairly easy to run in.  Perhaps I should have consulted with an engineer and/or a fashion designer - this glowing jellyfish costume was heavy, awkward, and HOT - but it was fabulous.  The photos don't really do it justice, since it was most fabulous when I was running through the dark woods, with the glowing tenacles flowing around me - one of Scott's pictures came close to capturing it.

So - here we go - the Jellyfish that ran 8k (about 5 miles) in the dark...

 (luckily the wind died down a little after this pic)

running - I'm the blue glow

here's the video - you can kind of see the flow of my costume around the end of "Cancion del Mariachi" at 2 minutes - just not in the dark 

So, afterward, I was VERY SWEATY under all of that plastic and glowlights
So, I rehydrated

And I showed off my tenacles (I'm turning)

And, in the end, I won the costume contest (female) - with Byron - a/k/a LT Dingle. 

and, after we received our 'booty' - LT Dingle arrested race director/super fotog Ceci, while I 'stung' her - watch out to whom you give awards!

Speaking of awards - these were the BEST EVER. 
 (I'm finding tenacles everywhere)

And now my catrina andaba los critters. 

I also won a team entry for the Beach to Bay marathon relay (ca-ching).  I guess I won't have a problem putting together a team this year!

Thanks to Ceci, IAAP, Dorine, Dulce, Fumi, and Scottydog for the pics!