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Saturday, August 10, 2013

CASA Superhero 5K Race Report

My sister and I ran/walked the CASA Superhero 5K today. What is CASA? Check it out:

The Mission of CASA of Hidalgo County, Inc. is to speak for the best interests of the children in the courts by promoting and supporting quality volunteer representation to provide each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

In their role as the child’s advocate, volunteers make contact with family members, medical personnel, witnesses, district attorneys, attorney ad litems, guardian ad litems, law enforcement personnel and any others who have had involvement in the child’s case. The volunteers will then make a recommendation to the judge as to how to meet the child’s best interest. Additionally, the volunteers advocate for and monitor the children in the foster homes or temporary relative home placements.It is the goal of CASA of Hidalgo County, Inc. to ensure that every child in Hidalgo County who needs a child advocate has one. CASA Volunteers make lasting impressions on the lives of abused and neglected children, and positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems.   

Yeah, I'd say that's a pretty good cause.

Once again, it was hot. Dang hot. I took this shot at 7:38 a.m., just before we left for the race:

Ugh. Another scorcher. Good thing I decided to take my GoLite HydroClutch with my CamelBak Podium Chill insulated water bottle full of ice-cold water!

Okay, I forgot the water bottle - but I did remember the bug spray!  :-/


I knew my sis would go a lot faster than me so I told her to just do her thang and not worry about waiting for me. We had the option of dressing up as superheroes, but decided not to because of the heat. Others chose to go ahead with costumes, which was goofy but kinds cool. I found myself wishing I'd at least worn a cape...

We did our usual before-race pics, even finding a superhero to pose with:

Poor guy....he was sweltering in that costume. The kids loved it though. Okay, yeah - we did, too.

As we were waiting, I took some random shots of the other participants. It seemed like a good turnout, so I hope CASA was able to make some good money. Anything for the kids, right?

I noticed my shadow and took a shot - sure wish my legs were really that long and skinny!
We walked over to the start line sign:


The race was held at Edinburg Municipal Park, which is a neat new-ish community park. It's cool, but one thing I don't understand is why...WHY they would place cactus so close to a trail where people are walking their dogs, running, walking, and cycling:

Yeah. That's gonna leave a mark.
There were fun, supportive people along the route cheering us on:

Some nice scenery:

A few wild animals:

Even the trees were supportive!
I did a bit of running this time, more than I've done before. My time still wasn't great - 54 minutes - but it was just so dang hot. My left leg started cramping so I decided not to tempt fate. There were two water stations set up. I grabbed a drink at the first one, but they were out of cups by the time I got to the second one (about 1.5 miles in). Not good. I was REALLY wishing I hadn't forgotten my water bottle right about then.

I got to the finish and my sister, who got done way before me, was there to cheer me on. One of these days I'm REALLY going to have to finish ahead of her so I can get a shot of her at the finish line! I was pleasantly surprised to get a finisher's medal:

See how excited I am?

Yay! Done!

Way to go, Sis!
My bib & medal collection is growing:

Overall, it was a good race for a good cause. Next up is the Color Me Loco 5K on September 7th, which looks to be a lot of fun.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Freedom Run 5K Race Report

Before the race

Yes, a few days weeks late. I know. I've been busy!


So, my sister and I are doing our 5K-a-month plan again, and the Freedom Run was our July event. It benefitted the American Legion, so the race fee went to a great cause. Anything to help our veterans!

We left early because the race was in Los Fresnos, which is about an hour away. After getting a wee bit lost, we finally figured out where the heck we were and got to the venue just fine. The people at registration were friendly and helpful, but we were disappointed to find that there were no more shirts left.

Now, here's the thing about shirts. My sister and I don't do these races to win trophies or prizes. We love the ones where we get finisher medals, but lack of those isn't necessarily a deal-breaker. What we REALLY like are the t-shirts, which are generally offered to the first 100-300 registrants. This race advertised guaranteed shirts to the first 300 entrants. Well, my sis was 89 and I was 118 - YOU do the math!

Anyway, we were promised shirts (which we still haven't received), given our little race packets and bib numbers, and off we went.

This is where things started going downhill for me. I hadn't had a chance to...er...take care of business before leaving the house, so yeah - REALLY had to go. We were at a little county park that had one of those little cinderblock restroom buildings with two stalls, no porta-potties in sight. Hmmm. My sister decided to go put her goodie bag in her truck, so I had her take mine as well so I could go stand in line.

So...this was a relatively small race, but there were a LOT of women in the restroom line. Things were reaching a crisis point for me. I had no choice but to wait. THEN, the dreaded words: "Does anyone have any toilet paper??"  !!!!!!!


Holy cats! I went into some kind of fugue state of restroom panic. What the heck?? Sure, we were surrounded by trees, brush, and trails...but was I really that desperate? I started walking toward my sister's truck in the parking lot - not sure why, it's not like she carries a porta-potty around with her - and she must have seen the pained look on my face as she approached me.

"There's no paper," said I, nearly breathless with panic.

"I think I have some of those blue paper towels in the truck," she said, and my panic released.

SO - I go get the paper towel, stuff it in my pocket (because no WAY am I sharing!!), and get back in line. I tried really hard not to wonder what the other women were doing for toilet paper.

I finally got to a stall, and it happened. The one thing I was dreading.

Yup. STAGE FRIGHT. I just sat there, yelling silently at my bowels, wondering how on earth I was going to get through the 5K without...well...you know. I guess knowing there were about 10 other women waiting in line did me in. Sighing, I left the restroom in defeat.

I walked outside and reached into my pocket for my bib number. It was gone. DANG IT!!! I was worried maybe someone found it and used it as toilet paper. Maybe I had entered another fugue state and used it as toilet paper...

I walked over to the registration table to let them know I had lost it and miraculously heard my name being called - some kind person had found my bib and turned it in. YAY!

Okay, so time for the race to start. Since we know we're not going to go fast at the beginning, we always stay in the back out of courtesy to the faster folks and so we won't get killed in the rush. The course was a pretty simple out and back deal, which kind of sucked because I got REALLY jealous of the people who passed me, already on their way back while I was not even halfway done. Yeah, yeah - my own damn fault, but still! It's annoying...

Here's the thing. It was HOT. The race started a bit late, close to 9am. It was humid. It was in the mid 90s by the time we finished. I drank LOTS of water, and found myself wishing I had brought my handheld water bottle thingy. Luckily, my bowel issue went away and didn't bother me at all during the race, but I was still so dang hot. I did try to run a few times, but I've not trained for that and could feel myself about to overheat so I stopped before it was too late.

My sister walks FAST!! I stuck with her for a while, but I just couldn't keep up. My legs are always tight during the first mile or so, no matter how much I stretch beforehand. I'm not sure why that is, but I've always been like that. After the first mile I start feeling pretty good and can move a little faster, but by then my sis has usually left me in the dust. Something I need to work on, I guess.

I got to the halfway point and turned around, pleased to see there were still several people behind me. Mind you, I was walking, not running. Running isn't in the cards yet, but I'm working on it. Anyway, I was so hot by this point that all I could think about was getting to the finish line. I got to a water station, grabbed two cups of water, and poured one of them over my head, which helped a little. I noticed a large group in front of me had stopped and one of their members was sitting on the ground. I held onto my water cup to offer her some, but she was up and moving by the time I got there so I figured she was okay. A short while later, the group stopped again and I passed them, and soon after that an ambulance drove past to pick her up. I guess the heat got to her :-(

I finally got to the finish line and was handed my finisher's medal. My sis was waiting for me and snapped this goofy pic:

Yeah. I was happy to be finished.

It was good to get into the air-conditioned truck and head home to shower, that's for sure!

Next race: the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) 5K on August 10th. I'm trying to get more training in this time around, but these graduate school classes are kicking my BUTT.

Special shout-out to my blog buddy Mandy Farrar who is racing Ironman Lake Placid today. GO MANDY!!!! Bib #713!!! As someone who can barely get through a 5K - WALKING - I am in complete awe of people like Mandy (and others whose blogs I follow) who can not only train for these races, but actually COMPETE in them!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resolution 5K Race Report

My sister and I have decided to get back on the horse and resume our "One 5K Per Month" Challenge, so we started off the year with a bang by doing the Resolution Run 5K again this year.

What fun! It was quite chilly (43*, which for us South Texas folk is the heart of winter) but we had our winter-ish gear on so it wasn't too bad.

Last year we did the 2 mile fun walk, but this year we did the whole 5K. Our plan is to RUN the thing next year. We finished with a time of 54 minutes, which is pretty good considering it usually takes us 25-30 minutes to finish a mile. I really need to keep track of our finishing times from now on...

Here are some pics from the day: 

All bundled up - don't see that very often!

LOVE this sign! Made me think of my Forrest pup!

We stepped onto the course after everyone was finished to get our finish line pics

My sis!

Toasting our success with the Resolution Run champagne flutes

This is just so wrong....but SO funny!

Way to go, Chris!

The last photo - this guy's name is Chris. I don't know him, but he inspired me nonetheless. He walked the entire course then ran the last bit to the finish line. I don't know his story, but I am so proud of him for getting out and doing this 5K. Like they say - every journey begins with that first step. Chris, good luck on your journey - you are not alone!

My blog buddy, the amazing KC of "the original" 140 Point 6 Miles...Of Awesome! commented on my Facebook that I should do a 5K a day now...only fair, since I kinda bailed on her "Get Off Your Booty" December mile-a-day challenge. I did great up until Dec. 24th, then EPIC FAIL! I'm not sure about the 5K a day part...but I'll do my best to get out there and keep movin'!

Happy New Year, all!