Thin Mint Sprint 5K

My BFF, her friend, and my mom came into town for the Thin Mint Sprint this past weekend from San Antonio.  I was so happy they came in.  I actually got to see my BFF 3 days in a row!  (one night for dinner in SA, and then Friday and Saturday!)

The race was put on by my Girl Scout’s Service Unit (group of troops in the area).  It was a fundraiser for one of the other troop’s big trips.  It was a smaller race, around 100 entrants for the 5K (which ended up being 3.5).

The race packets were cool.  One of the troops  (of older girls) took t-shirts and made them into re-usable bags!  I will post photos and directions soon.  Great idea!  If you are in the Austin area, they will custom make you reusable bags for FREE!

It was the first official 5K for my BFF and her friend.   They both did great!

I was exhausted from long hours from traveling and work training, but I did better than I expected.  2nd overall woman, 1st age group, 10th overall.  It was my first 5K in almost a year (not including relays).  No PR, but then again, the race was 3.5 miles, not 3.1.  My watch doesn’t match the photo or the chip time, nice.  I’ll go by my Garmin.

It was a good morning for all.  My mom and I both took home trophies.  My hair looks CRAZY!

Women’s age group winners

Love this photo of myself with one of the Brownies from my troop.  Showing off our awards.  All of the kiddos who did the Daisy Dash got medals.  I hope that next year all of my troop will participate in the fun!  

I was also the fastest troop leader 😉

And because I don’t always act my age, I decided I needed to get in the trunk of the Fiat they were raffling off.  I’m not even sure my suitcase would fit in there.  For the record, I do fit…barely.  Should have seen me trying to get out.  I had to get out hands first, haha!

Afterwards we went to Morelia Mexican Grill for lunch (tiny local chain).  It was a GORGEOUS day.  We chose to have some great patio time!  Lovely lunch with the gals and my mom.

After lunch my mom, sister, and I shopped until we dropped at the Round Rock outlets.  I was able to spend my Christmas giftcard at Ann Taylor and then some!  Yay for new clothes, I never go shopping.

Great way to spend a Saturday!  Good run, friends, weather, food, and girl time 🙂

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Angels

I either had an angel or was just darn lucky on Thursday.

We had a stressful morning at work, so a coworker and I decided to make the trek to the Arboretum to the Zoe’s Kitchen there for lunch.   As we were nearing the restaurant, I was doing about 45 on the road, someone pulled out across the road directly in front of me and stopped!  I am not sure how on earth my car stopped and how I didn’t t-bone the stupid guy.  It was such a short distance, I am shocked my car wasn’t totaled.  Really impressed with my car and the brakes.

Then later than evening, I went to run before going over to pick up my Girl Scout cookie order from one of the moms.  The last 2 weeks, while I was waiting for her to get home, i’ve run in the county park down the street (tons of sports fields and courts, not isolated).  Last week I ran the actual trail only.  This week I wanted to do more, so I ran on the sidewalk outside of the park first, then onto the trail, and then into the greenbelt.  Going into the greenbelt wasn’t my brightest idea because there are no signs and it wasn’t clear where the park boundaries were.

When I went pick up my cookies, my friend told me I shouldn’t be running alone and Dan needed to get me a dog.  This is a really nice and affluent area.  I didn’t ever think about something happening.

Thank goodness I ran the sidewalk 1.5 miles first.  Because something really bad happened WHILE I WAS THERE.  The same friend sent me this yesterday afternoon, with the note, “OMG Melissa, you were right there when this happened!)  http://m.hillcountrynews.com/mobile/news/article_51c17278-4e8f-11e1-91e1-0019bb2963f4.html

I spoke too soon, I’ve never really had a scare.  That was until now.  I am hoping the young woman who was attacked will be ok and I’m sending many prayers for her.

Freaky fast

Like faster than Jimmy John’s freaky fast sandwich delivery.  And it was HOT.

Here is a little bit about Saturday’s race winner.

Scott Rantall wins Frankenthon

Amazing, I doubt I can even run 1 mile at his pace. I couldn’t help but smile….even when he lapped me, lol.

Ok so now you know I didn’t win 😉  It was a victory for me in many ways.  I made it through my last 20 miler (ok, it was more than that), I felt the best i’ve ever felt in that distance, and I feel GREAT afterwards.  Tiny bit stiff Saturday, barely sore yesterday or today.

Now to focus on recovery.  I know my body is still not well, but this gives me great hope.  If I can keep feeling well and staying in 1 piece.  There have been days where I couldn’t even function properly and then to have 2 great running experiences in a row?  Yeah, I’m all smiles right now.

Crazy

It’s hot outside.  Where is my fall?  It was 68 when I started running this morning, 78 when I finished.  GROSS.

Yes, I caved and did Frankenthon instead of my 20-miler.  (yes 3rd year i’ve done that).  I signed up yesterday afternoon and then regretted it all evening.  I started reading too much medical junk online and drove myself nuts late in the day.  Then after dinner last night, wound up with me crying and Dan telling me that I would be fine to run and that I would stop if I couldn’t. (yeah, because runner’s have brains, this one doesn’t).

I felt fine the whole time, the best i’ve felt at the end of that distance for sure, although the sun really sucked.  And minus the part where I knocked some sense into myself (not going to go  into detail on that) 😉  I recycled the kitty ears from year one, I was too lazy to go to the store and get a new headband.

I’m a happy camper now, going to watch the AU game which I am sure won’t be pretty, then my Rangers!  I told Dan he better get me a damn good dinner, just need to figure out what I want!

Happy Grand Opening Rogue Cedar Park!

Arrived dark and early for a semi-long run.  They had groups leaving the store doing 4-12 and then groups leaving the middle of Austin doing 12+.  I chose 10, met some new friends during the run 🙂  Learned a new route too!

Great run, pretty new store, free swag,  food, product reps, and a great sale going on inside.

Mom was digging on the breakfast tacos and Honey Milk (if you haven’t tried, do it).  The Honey Milk Light is great, Dan likes it too (originally got some from the 3M half marathon swag bag).  I wish I could still drink it, but with the dairy free restriction right now, it’s out 😦

My mom and sister ran too, but on their own.  They slept in and dogged the miles too.  Fine for sister, who isn’t really running right now, just doing her bootcamp thing.  But I had really hoped mom would take advantage of being near a great trail and not having to run the hamster circles like she has to run at home.   I’m sure had she been at my house, she would have done the 6 am run with us.

The Williamson County Humane Society was there promoting their 5K in September and brought some doggies.  I REALLY wanted to take Wendell the Pomeranian home with me.

Dan and I are traveling A LOT between now and Christmas.  Not fair to a dog.  The cats aren’t really bothered and can be left alone with minimal supervision.  Although I could see me taking that dog with me on trips 😉

Did I mention there was also a marathon for the grand opening?  Yes.  26.2 from the original downtown Rogue store to Cedar Park.  1 person was selected to run each mile.  Megan ran mile 14 for Austin Runners Club, go Megan!  Georgetown Running Club also got a mile!   You could run more and a few Rogues ran the whole thing, including the co-owner.  Horrible photo of him finishing in the store, but he did and it was HOT.

Mom got fitted for new shoes.  The guy was SO patient, I wanted to hug him.  It took her an hour to choose between 3 pair.  My sister refused to ask, so I took it upon myself to tell him to fit her, which he did.  Her current shoes are actually causing her issues (told her so).  She’d actually texted me from Kohl’s one day with a photo of 2 pair of shoes and asked “which one?”  My response was “neither, go get fitted and buy real shoes.”  She complained about the price of the shoes he ordered for her, but I told her, proper shoes are cheaper than physical therapy.

I got new kicks too.  I don’t need them right now, but I have been pining for the limited edition Kayanos which I call “ketchup and mustard.”  I couldn’t find them in my size when they were released, so I gave up. 

Good times for sure.  It was SO crowded.  Made me smile that so many people turned out for an event up North (people think Williamson County may as well be on the other end of the earth).  Good family time too 🙂