Archive | April, 2012

Austin 10/20

19 Apr

Last weekend I hauled my cookies down to the ATX to join in the fun for the inaugural Austin 10/20 10 mile race.

This race offered a flat course, a rarity in central Texas and, with 20 bands along the way and a super gigantic medal, so it was pretty easy to sell it to me.

With this race, I did something I’ve never done before.  I walked the entire thing.  And my body absolutely  hated it.  Blisters, cramps and major soreness the next day.  Pretty sure I’ll be sticking to my super slow jog.  At least I know it works for me.

Why yes, I am a former professional ballerina.  I was totally jumping for joy that it was all over.

Epic 90s rockers Everclear were the ‘headliners’ at the finish.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t looking too great so the crowd was dismal at best. They played all their hits (Santa Monica will always be my favorite) and right as they started their last song, the skies opened up and it started POURING.  We made a mad dash to our car, but the quarter mile we spent in the downpour left us completely soaked.

The 10/20 had great crowd support, tons of volunteers, sufficient water and Gatorade stops and the bands were most excellent.  My only complaint is the course itself.  Yes, it is flat, which I love, but it was not very scenic at all.  In a city as lovely as Austin, give me scenic.  We started and finished near The Domain (which was an absolute dream for parking, tons of garages and lots) and then winded around random neighborhoods and a warehouse district.  I think I would trade the flatness for a prettier route, I think.

Just me and one of my favorite ATX landmarks.

I’m not sure if I would do this race again.  It was expensive, with an $80 registration, and I wasn’t totally in love with the course.  I could probably  be peer pressured into if the headliner is another one of my 90s faves.  Third Eye Blind!  Are you listening to me 10/20 people?  Third Eye Blind.

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Finally.

4 Apr

Almost a year ago I posted this.

Then finally last night this happened.

Yes, that is indeed a fan sneak preview poster.  Its only for very important people.  Please don’t be too jealous.

Also, these.

Legit Titanic special people 3D glasses.  I shall treasure these forever.  Disregard my bad skin and rat’s nest hair, not really sure what’s up with that.  Just enjoy my saucy side glance stare.

As much as I love the movie (really only the non-depressing first half), I have to say the 3D was kind of pointless.  The parts that really stood out in 3D were when the ship was sinking and honestly I don’t want to be any closer to that situation than 2D.   Its always a pleasure to see Leo and Kate together though so I (and my 15 year old self) thoroughly enjoyed that.

I’m certain the entire Titanic score will be stuck in my head for the next month.  Yes, Celine, I get it.  My heart will go on, too.

Rock n Roll Dallas in Photos

3 Apr

On Sunday March 25, I, along with a few thousand other not so smart people hit the road for the 2012 Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon.  It was the first truly hot day of the year, making it a not so hot day for running.

That lady totally stole my thunder.

This was my worst timed half so far.  I am literally getting more terrible at these.  Mainly because I’ve got a bad habit of going in slightly unprepared.

At least I finish, right?  And I have not died yet which is a pretty big positive.  Mayhaps I can try a little harder and still not die?  I’ll have to try to find out.

Kissy face for the cameraman.

My time for this was 20 seconds slower than New Orleans – a race in which I fell and ate pavement knocking at least 5 minutes off my total time.  I’m going to go ahead and blame the heat (on top of my unpreparedness, of course).

Still Alive.

My parents and my nephews met me at the finish which was a fun surprise.  My older nephew asked me if I won.  Isn’t that precious?  I asked him if he noticed the 10,000 other people who finished before me.

And here is really the only picture from this day that matters.

Is that kid awesome or what?  His dad took the photo for us and he was anything but proud.

Next on the Half agenda is The Oklahoma City Memorial Half on April 29th.  Here’s hoping for some redemption.