Back at it

This week I seem to have finally gotten back in my groove.  Routine is finally coming back to me.  I am balancing everything just fine.  

Well except the fact that today was an optional holiday and I worked 5 hours.  I should have worked 0 hours.  I haven’t had a day off I didn’t get from working extra hours since Florida in early July.  That seems like YEARS ago.  I was told today I was a work-a-holic.  I don’t think that’s it.  It’s my personality and ethic.  I’ve probably been putting more effort into a few things than I should. I have a really bad habit of working really hard on things that are past help.

Speaking of things that are past help, I’ve been struggling with a few decisions I made to be the bigger person.  I hate conflict and pain for anyone, including myself.  I see now that my trying to avoid certain things has screwed me over once again. There is regret.  I hate regret.  I can’t change the past, but I would do it differently if I could do it over.

Another thing I need to work on is getting my running back post hip issues.  I have a relay race in a little over a week and I am no where close to being ready.  I did place in two races in June, but a lot has happened since then.  My relay team is competitive.  I wasn’t ready last year, because of obvious stress and life reasons last year (race was earlier in years past), but i still pulled out a fast time.  The year before I had a “road kill” on a girl who was on my high school’s state track team, which was super exciting for me.  I don’t want to be the slowest one but then again, 9 days is too late to really do anything beneficial other than just running.  

Around the corner, I am planning to make a trip to see some of my friends I haven’t seen much in the last year.  I have regret that I haven’t seen them enough.  I do have a LOT of work trips in October, November, and June.  I really plan on making the most out of those and maybe adding some extra fun days on to them.  I am blessed to have such good friends.  I need to find more time for them.   

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).

Cost:

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.

Volunteering

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 volunteer@austinrunners.org 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