On Your Mark. Get Set. GO-Rilla


Meg has written 31 posts on Salty Running.

I'm a married, step-mother, the 4th of 5 kids. I'm livin' the dream as a manager in retail, putting that English degree to great use. Oh, and I'm sarcastic.

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Like sands through the hour glass… (Photo credit: Ömer Ünlü)

HOLEY MOLEY!!!  Where does the time go?  The Denver Gorilla Run seemed so far off back when I registered.  And, here it is, less than a week away.

When I decided to run this 5K, I hoped I’d be able to actually run the full race.  I didn’t even think about how it would be to run in a gorilla suit, really.  Now, it is all I think about!  You see, Colorado weather can be quite the crazy thing.  So, an end of October race in an ape suit didn’t seem like a bad idea considering Halloween sometimes requires kids to wear snowsuits.  Well, so far this month, I’ve still been running in shorts and t-shirt, or even a tank-top.  Even in those clothes, I’m sweating my tuchus off!  I never thought I’d be hoping for cold and snow sooner rather than later.  How will I possibly keep from passing out from my own heat trapped in the suit?

Then, there is my rookie mistake of sacrificing my runs for sitting on the couch or taking naps.  I was just getting into a 5K groove and really pumping myself up to go further.  Then I slacked off and getting to 5K after a day of work feels like taking on an extra shift.  I really have to push myself hard.  But, race or no race, I have to do this.  I had a rough weekend at work and getting out for a run was a big help to blow-off some steam, even if I didn’t make it the full 5K.  If my week keeps up like this, though, I’ll be passing my previous distance record.

The gorilla costume has to be easier to run in than it was for me to even walk in as Pooh…a very sweaty Pooh.

This weekend will be my racing debut.  It’ll also be an attempt to face my anxiety about crowds and racing without a friend.  If all goes well, I’ll get to cross a couple of things off my list of fears.  There are worse things than going ape s— in an ape suit, right?

I’m not sure what my ideal racing conditions are.  I’ve never done it before.  Getting right out of bed and hitting the road first thing in the morning would probably be on the list.  It would seem that running sans an ape suit would also be ideal.  Those aren’t options for my first time, so I’ll have to make the best of it.  So, I have to remind myself, going in, that this is for fun.  I’m doing this to kick-off another phase of my running life.

Chances are, I won’t make it straight through without pausing at one point, or two, or three.  I know how hot it can get in the costume.  Maybe I’ll end-up at the finish line as a human-headed gorilla holding a gorilla head. Actually, after literally just putting the mask on, I think I can guarantee that being the case.  Keeping these things in mind is important so that I don’t feel like a loser if it takes me longer in the race than it does around my neighborhood.  I also will try not to think about the 35 week pregnant woman in my age group coming in second place with a 23:51.  ;-)  I know I won’t be near that and that’s okay.

OMG! OMG! I will be wearing an actual racing bib….oh, and a gorilla suit.

Just finishing is what I need to focus on between now and the finish line.  My mantra shall be, “Make it to the finish line!  You can do it!”…If I were a drinker, I’d probably have a mantra of “Make it to the free beer!”

Got any tips for a virgin racer? Have you ever raced in an animal suit? (I can’t believe I just wrote that!)


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9 Responses to “On Your Mark. Get Set. GO-Rilla”

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  1. Salty Salty says:

    The title is awesome! I can imagine the nerves about the first race AND the gorilla suit. Gotta say you’re very brave for choosing to do any race with a giant gorilla suit, let alone your first one! I wouldn’t even worry about the time at all, particularly with the suit. You’ll be hot and I imagine it might restrict your movement a bit. Plus, it’s your first race! Just go and have fun and look for lessons to learn to make your less race easier and less stressful. Good luck and GOOOOOOOO-rilla! HA!

  2. Sassafras says:

    Love the title! I would take some of the lessons from Rosemary’s post the other day. Just have fun with it! No matter what, it will be a PR – and you will have a gorilla suit. Win win!

  3. Mint says:

    Good luck. I hope it is awesome and fun! Don’t worry too much about it. You can’t get in more training now and so long as you finish, it will be an automatic PR. :) Enjoy!

    BTW – I am still shocked that the race is giving out gorilla costumes to all participants. Is this a crazy expensive race?

    • Nutmeg says:

      Well, it gets increasingly expensive as it gets closer. Registering early saves a good chunk of change. But, you get to keep the suit and then, if you want to run in future years, you pay a much smaller portion of the entrance fee. There are costume contests (yes, dressing your gorilla suit up in a costume) and pumpkin carving contests and a giant block party with various restaurants and one of the breweries providing food and drink (free for participants).

  4. heidi says:

    Good Luck!
    Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
    Gorilla head on or Gorilla head off, either way, smile when you cross that finish line!
    Hugs from the Nati- HJ.

  5. Vanilla says:

    Good luck and have fun’

  6. Ginkgo says:

    Best of luck to you, Nutmeg! Have a blast and even if no one can see your face (as it will be covered with a gorilla head!!!), I hope you have a big smile as you cross that finish line….I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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