|The famous Distance Challenge fridge magnets|
The first race was the Run Free Texas 80s 8k (for those who don't think in metric, that's about five miles) up in Cedar Park. Naturally enough, there were a couple of DeLoreans, each outfitted with a flux capacitor. Time travel being what it is, they were obviously the same car but from different time periods. :-). The course was through residential neighborhoods and parks and had some rolling hills -- nice for a beginning of the season race.
|Back to the Future!|
|Rain and hills|
|My face when attacking the hills|
Rogue Distance Festival 30k (about 18.6 miles) in early January. This one was fairly cold and probably my least favorite of the events. It was up in Cedar Park again and ran through residential neighborhoods which was fine. There was an issue with marking the course, though, so most of us got off track, which meant the mile markers were out of order so it was impossible to figure out a pace. (I think at some point, we were going in circles -- and ended up going about a mile farther than we should've.). Still, it was my longest run before the marathon and I was kind of glad it happened that way.
|Yay! I'm done! :-)|
|Leo checks out the swag bag|
|Before dawn, in the warm car before the cold race.|
I was pretty happy with my time -- my second fastest of the century! I did it in under 4 hours, which had been my goal. Next year, I'll work more on speed, but this time, I just wanted to not have my quads seize up in the last two miles :-).
|Running through UT campus|
|Made it! Best time of the century!|