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 🙂

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