Saints, sweat, and songs


I woke up early to meet up with my friend.  She was running one of her longest pre-marathon training runs in preparation for her 11th full.  I was going to meet her for the 2nd half.  I hadn’t run long in 2 weeks, which was killing me mentally.  We were tagging onto Al’s Ship of Fools, which is a running group (mostly ARC people) here in Austin.   I ran a mile from the gym to the park, but didn’t see my friend.  Right before 7 am, she came flying from the water coolers….no water.  Poor thing just ran 11 miles and couldn’t get a drink.  And she was SOAKED it was super hot and humid.  Her shorts looked like they weighed 10 lbs.

We set off for the 10.71 route through what is called the “hills”.  It’s an area mostly west of Mopac back where Hula Hut is and then north of there.  Very nice and safe area.  I told her to set the pace, I was just going to be happy to make it the distance.  I told her if I didn’t feel ok, i’d turn at the 7.71 point (which was another run option for the group that morning).

Well about 3 miles in, she got sick.  Good thing we’d moved out of the neighborhood and into Tarrytown where there was a Starbucks and then again on the “drag” aka UT campus at another coffee house.  Poor thing kept apologizing to me.  I was just concerned about her making it back.  She insisted on finishing her miles and deemed that run “the worst of 2011”. 

Honestly, it didn’t matter to me that we were running a pace much slower than usual.  I enjoyed her company and I was really glad I was there to get her through it.  I know it’s embarassing for people to see you when you are weak, but good friends don’t care about their pace, or stopping to walk with you, or waiting for you to collect yourself. 

It may have not been the nicest run on the Garmin, but mentally for me, it was a good run.  She called me a saint.  I corrected her and said, nope, that’s just what friends do.


After the run, I ran back to the gym, showered, then drove south to the ARC meeting for Daisy planning.  May 8, don’t forget.  Need a discount?  Email me or leave me a comment 😉

Then home to work in the yard all day. This wasn’t easy, because I was not motivated to do this AT ALL.  Rare for me.  I like the yard stuff.  Had to finish our flowerbed (was put on hold when Dan left town for a week for work).  Only took twice as much rock as planned.  Expensive project, but it looks great.  I’ll try to take photos after the grass gets mowed, lol!  We also had to replace our front porch light, which is 20 feet in the air.  Lets just say there was an incident in the wee hours on Wednesday morning where a lightbulb, a resident bird, and glass were involved.  We (Dan), safely got up there and replaced it. 


Eventually we got cleaned up and moving.  Decided on dinner late, so nothing was really open that was fast (but sounded good).  So we opted for Taco Cabana.  I love their fajitas.   And I also love the rare occasions when Dan will actually share something with me (even though it was fajitas for 2). 

Then on to Saxon Pub, which is probably my favorite inside music venue in Austin (maybe close tie to Cactus Cafe).  It was a special night with Willie Nelson Tribute by one of Dan’s favorite local bands, Uncle Lucius (they performed the whole Red Headed Stranger Album) and then Reid Wilson and his So Called Friends did a few more tunes.  Reid chose “All the Girls i’ve Loved Before” as one of his songs and it was so AWESOME. My face still hurts from laughing and smiling. 

I was surprised I was still awake enough to drive home when it was all over.  It was a heck of a long day.   I was starving when we got home, so we each had a snack.  It was after midnight, so I had a Ezekiel grilled cheese.  It was sooo good.  Not sure if it was the amount of time i’d been without real bread, the fact I love grilled cheese, or the fact that anything tastes good at 2 am 😉

Things I like Thursday: Daisy 5K

The Austin Runners Club hosts its 34th annual Daisy 5K (oldest 5K in Austin area!).  The Round Rock Premium Outlets will once again be the site for the Austin Runners Club’s 5K event.  We’re going back to some traditions this year, and we’re also bringing some new ideas.  That is why this year is the Dukes and Daisies 5K.  In the past, there have been times when Daisy was a women’s only race held on Mother’s Day.  Over the years men have been welcome to join to celebrate the women in their lives and to allow families to run together. Dukes and Daisies 2011 will feature running events for the whole family and will move back to the traditional Mother’s Day schedule.

Daisy will still offer the special amenities that Moms will enjoy, like a stroller division and a separate women’s start.  And in keeping with the family friendly theme, participants that wish to run with their leashed dogs are welcome, but for consideration of all runners are directed to line up with their pets at the back of the final race start.

Running with headphones or audio equipment is allowed, but strongly discouraged due to consideration for the safety of all runners, walkers and wheelchair participants.

The Daisy Kids K is for kids of all ages.  Parents are welcome to run with their children (for free) or along the side of the course.

Come on out for this great annual event and Austin tradition.  ARC and Georgetown Runners Club members benefit from discounted registration rates–contact your club for more information.  Central Texas area Weight Watchers members will also receive a discount and participation will count toward the 2011 WW “Walk It Challenge” (comment or email me for details on the code).


5K Timed $28.00 ($30 on race day)

Kids K $10.00

Online registration available here: Daisy 5K Registration

Packet pickup is available at the following locations and hours

May 6th – Friday – 11am -7pm

RunTex Far West location – 3616 Far West Blvd Suite 120 Austin, TX  78731

RunTex Riverside location – 422 West Riverside Drive  Austin, TX  78704

May 7th — Saturday-  10am – 6pm

RunTex Far West location – 3616 Far West Blvd Suite 120 Austin, TX  78731

RunTex Riverside location – 422 West Riverside Drive  Austin, TX  78704

May 8th, Race Day – 6am – 7:45am  Round Rock Premium Outlet

*Late registration is available at packet pickup.

Race Shirt

All participants will receive a short sleeved technical tee.


All great races need great volunteers.  We can use your help before and during the race for a variety of roles.  Let us know what you want to do and we can make it happen!  Contact and we can work it out!

Race Date and Time

Sunday, May 8th 2011

Wheelchair Start – 7:55 AM

Timed Women Start – 8:00 AM

Timed Men Start – 8:03 AM

5K Awards – 8:45 AM

Kids K Start – 9:15 AM

Location and Course

Round Rock Premium Outlets®

4401 N. IH-35

Round Rock, TX 78664