Full Moon 5K Race Report (2014)

By , August 7, 2014 12:48 pm

My first race in my new age group! Woo hoo! Let’s just say… I dominated. 10:21 average for a 5K (32:08 finish)? Aww yeah, baby!

Ha ha ha. Just kidding! Like last year, this race was just an awesome reason to get together with Rachel in the middle of a work week (half day? yes, please!) and run a super fun race!

And also like last year… we wore the Grumpy Cat shirts we made. But, this year? People actually got it. 


We were, um, a bit disappointed that not many people commented on our shirts last year (they have Grumpy Cat on them, with a full moon, and say “I ran the Full Moon 5K once. It was awful.”). DON’T PEOPLE KNOW WHO GRUMPY CAT IS?!

Hee hee. They do this year! Many came up to us to say how awesome our shirts are. One person asked if she could take our picture. And another person said they are going to make a shirt like that for the race next year. Love it! It’s fun to meet fellow Grumpy Cat fans. 


There was however, one guy who came up to us and said he liked our shirts… then asked what they mean. But we suspect that he just wanted to talk to people to brag. He made everyone in our group guess how many half marathons and marathons he’s done since he had knee surgery. Um, okay (it was less than my guess of 40 each). He did imply that Rachel and I look younger than 30, and asked if we are sisters, so it wasn’t all bad. 

Linda did the race again this year, too. It was nice to see her, and meet her friend, Corinne. 


L to R: Corrine, Rachel, me and Linda

Linda thought Rachel and I would finish ahead of her in the race, but we told her considering our last race together averaged an 18:00 minute pace or something… we might not be (and she did finish in front of us!). Ha ha. Truthfully, neither Rachel or I have been running a ton lately, and definitely not doing speedwork. 9:00s feel challenging these days, and we just wanted to take the race easy! Which we did! And I loved it! We chatted the whole time. I was sad when it was all over! Luckily I know Rachel and I have a few more runs together this month. 

This race is just so fun. It starts at 9:00 pm, under the “full” moon (yes, the full moon is not until the 10th this week). Everyone wears reflective gear, headlamps and glow bracelets/other accessories. 


Someone from Movin’ Shoes (the store that puts the race on) dresses up as a wolf and if you beat him I think you win something. He runs an 18:00 minute 5K or something silly. We didn’t even see him. Ha ha!

The course runs along Monona Bay in Madison and to a park, which is fun for me, since it’s not an area I am familiar with!


It starts out on street, then goes to trail, then in to the park. It’s somewhat crowded for the first two miles – another reason to not run too fast and be careful with your footing, right?! RIGHT?!


And since it’s summer, it’s HUMID. We were actually lucky with temps in the low 70s/high 60s, but man, we were dripping in sweat when we finished!

I was wondering if the post race snacks would include oreos, like last year. They sure did! It’s just meant to be that I run this race!

And I do hope this is a race I can keep doing! The date of it varies each year, to more closely align with the full moon. Last year it was on a Thursday in July (because of that date, I was 28 when I did the race last year, and 30 when I did it this year – funny to skip a year!), and yeah, this year, on a Wednesday in August. I hope it works for my schedule next year! Especially because I want to keep getting these cool shirts – one of the only ones I saved during my purge of last year’s shirts!


It’s such a treat to take a little bit of leave in the middle of the week and travel to do something fun like this, with such a great friend. And this year, Steven came as well. I think he was missing Rachel, too! Steven and Rachel’s husband, Kevin, hung out at a cool bar while we ran, then we all got dinner after the race, with Linda. Pretty late night! I totally planned a nap before the trip so I could stay up until midnight. I mean, I am 30, after all… (let’s not mention that I have loved naps since college). 

22 Responses to “Full Moon 5K Race Report (2014)”

  1. Pete B says:

    Does anyone run with their shorts sagging down so they can show off at least a “half moon”? Ha, ha. 🙂

  2. Rachel says:

    I was so happy that so many people liked our shirts this year! Aren’t you glad we wore them again? Totally makes all our crafting hours from last year worth it! hah. Did Data understand our shirts?

    I forgot that the guy asked if we were sisters! I always like to say ‘yes’ to that when someone asks, even if it’s not true. We should have told him about our sister Andrew(ia)!

    Thanks for coming to visit and running one of my fave races again! I hope it works out again next year too! Gotta keep the streak going!

    • kilax says:

      I really am! Good idea you had to wear them again!

      Sigh. Data “gets it” but he says GC is irrelevant. Sigh.

      We should have told him about Andrea! Buah ha ha ha. Ha.

      You are welcome! Thanks for having us! I hope it works too! I was thinking… Thursday night could be tricky with teaching Friday am. But I would still do it. HA!

  3. Michelle says:

    The shirts are awesome! I ran a 5K in St. Charles called “Dash in the dark” a couple years ago and had a great time. Night running is so much fun!

  4. Xaarlin says:

    That looks like such a fun race! And a nice way to break up the work week 🙂 I looooove your shirts!!! Do happy they had Oreos at the finish for you too.

  5. Pam says:

    This sounds so fun! And WHO doesn’t know who grumpy cat is??? Have they ever heard of the internets??? haha

  6. Aw, this race looks like a lot of fun! I’m glad you had a great time and a great race! I’ll have to think about running it next year if my schedule will allow it. 🙂

  7. Maggie says:

    I should dress like a wolf and run this race! Because that’s my name 🙂 And yes, I wrote wolff at first.

  8. Tiina says:

    This looks like fun!

  9. Jillian says:

    Two things:

    1- That race looks/sounds super fun.

    2- I have said it before and I will say it again. I think data is a human stuck in a cats body!

  10. jan says:

    That race looks great! I’ve only run one 9 p.m. race but it was so much fun. We do one in the winter at 6 which is pretty much like 9 in the summer–that’s fun too! I think your shirts are hilarious and glad you at least had a few “get it” this year!

  11. Meghan says:

    OMG, your shirts are SO incredible! They hold a special place in my heart because I used to call Layla “Grumpy Cat” before she could smile. LOVE!

  12. This looks like a lot of fun! Oh, and I am a big fan of Grumpy Cat!!

  13. Di says:

    Sounds so fun – and I love the shirts!! =)

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