I awoke at 0530 on Saturday to lightning, thunder, rain, and hail. Excellent day for a race. So, I moved to the couch, closed my eyes, and hoped that it would be sunny and bright in an hour. After about an hour, I was awakened by a slobbering, shaking, Dingo dog (she doesn't like thunder and had escaped the dogroom). The hail had abated, but not the rain, wind, and cold. But I was preregistered, so I headed to the park for the Shamrock Shuffle 5k. The race was actually delayed for 30 minutes for the weather to clear - it did, somewhat, and we ran through puddles in drizzle and rain. Somewhere around mile 1, I was passed by a chihuahua wearing a pink 'dress' with a tutu. BIG SIGH. Afterward, we drank stout and pale ale (to ward off the chill). At least the dog didn't get any beer - ha.
On Sunday, I awoke for the Run Wild for Brainpower 5k - still chilly, but no rain. It was a nice race at the University of the Incarnate Word, but my legs were a little dead, and I finished over a minute slower than Saturday's race. This time, I was AGAIN passed around mile 1.5 by a different chihuahua, garbbed in UIW red and black. At least we matched?
After the race, I toweled off and headed downtown to the Southwest School of Art & Craft for the Empty Bowls Event benefitting the SAMM shelter. I bought some nice handmade bowls and enjoyed gulf shrimp bisque, lobster bisque, and fresh bread (and brought home some buttermilk heirloom tomato bisque for tomorrow). And then I rested - I need my rest in order to launch my comeback against those little mutts.
Thanks to IAAP for the pics!