The Run Free 8K is out in Cedar Park, a considerable distance from downtown. It leaves from one of the high school football stadiums and winds through residential neighborhoods before returning to the starting line. It's a nice start to the fall training season.
|The first piece of the puzzle|
|Starting line on Cesar Chavez|
|The drum group at the finish line|
|A friend got this shot of me at the starting line.|
|Glasses fogging up as I climb the hills|
|Blindly crossing the finish line|
After the holidays, the next race was the 3M Half Marathon. It's almost the exact opposite to the Decker Challenge, because it's all downhill. It starts up in the Great Hills area and winds its way downtown. This year it was a particularly fast run because there was an incredible wind out of the north. Several folks, including myself, were nearly blown over as we ran past the UT football stadium.
|A selfie at the starting line|
|the 3M photographer got a shot of me taking my selfie|
|After the finish in sight of the Capitol|
But. About three weeks before the race, in the middle of the night, I slipped and came down on the edge of my entertainment console and tile floors. Result? A nice set of bruised ribs and a strangely linear scar on my right side.
By race day, I could still feel it a bit but had gone on short runs with only minor discomfort, so I decided to go for it. The first half went pretty well, but the second was less pleasant. But I'm still glad I did it...
|Looking all chipper and optimistic before the race starts|
|Vulcan salute for the photographer|
|Gritting it out with a hundred yards to go|
Anyway, thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, emergency personnel, and everyone else involved in putting on these races! You keep Austin running!