Dark, foggy view of the Capitol as we walked towards the start line. Dan thinks I'm weird, but I'm a little bit in love with the Texas State Capitol building. It's just really cool and interesting and "very Texas Republic." It was a cool start/end point for the race.
A) Finish in sub-3 hours.
There were times this seemed possible, but also times when I wasn't sure we'd manage. One time that I didn't think it would happen is when we took a NINE minute bathroom break (45 seconds to pee, the rest of the time waiting in line)
B) Run a personal best.
Our last half (also our first half) we ran in 3:06, so this gave us a little margin beyond the A goal.
C) Not die.
You should always have "not die" be one of your goals, right?
|At the aforementioned 9 min bathroom stop. We spent a lot of time contemplating peeing behind that abandoned building.|
|Mile 9-ish. See the Capitol (the finish line) wayy in the distance?|
- Mile 1: 12:59
- Mile 2: 12:59
- Mile 3: 13:15
- Mile 4: 13:23 (includes a walked water stop)
- Mile 5: 12:57
- Mile 6: 22:01.
But if you take out the 9 min bathroom break at 5.6 miles, this was actually our fastest mile at ~11mins. I think I sprinted the first 0.6 miles because I had to pee so badly, and then finished out fast because I was mad about all the time we lost.
- Mile 7: 12:16 (includes a walked water stop)
- Mile 8: 13:04
- Mile 9: 12:23 (walked water stop)
- Mile 10: 12:27
- Mile 11: 12:50 (includes the world's most evil hill!)
- Mile 12: 12:37 (walked water stop)
- Mile 13: 13:07
- 0.3 mile bit: 4:38 (13:12 pace) (although I forgot to stop my Garmin when we stopped running, so maybe a little shorter?)
(I'm sorry to the food truck worker who had to handle the super-sweaty $20 bill that had been inside my butt pocket during the race.)
Mmmmpanadas! I had soy chorizo with brie, and it was delicious. The outside was awesomely golden friend. One thing I really loved about Austin was all the vegetarian and non-pork options everywhere. Houston food is yummy, but this is really a porky town.
Next up, a BBQ chicken taco for me, pork banh mi slider for Dan from The Peached Tortilla:
And awesome fresh guac and chips from Guac n Roll. This one had tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, dried papaya and pepitas on it... the peptias gave it such a great crunch!