On the heels of returning from Big Bend, I ran the 3M half marathon in Austin this Sunday. (Note: I normally put about 7,500 miles or less on my car per year - and drove almost 1,900 solo miles in the past two weeks!) In the interest of full disclosure, I mainly ran this run for the swag bag of 3M products:
Well, the night before, I attended my running buddy, Julia's, 80th birthday. I actually have to create a new 80 and up age group now for the Women's Run this year. She's truly a remarkable friend and an icon of the running community (every time she enters a new age group, most race directors add the new 'and up' 5-year age group). I can merely hope to be running and rescuing animals like she does - at even approaching the age of 80.
Then, the race started at 0645 the next morning in North Austin, so it was an EARLY start for me. And, after about 9 miles of downhill-ish-ness, I realized my calves still hated me after the Big Bend 25k and driving and driving, and they rebelled. But I finished - not my best, not my worst, but still a painful drive home.
thanks to Brightroom and 3M for the pics