The race didn't start until 9:00 am, which would be great for a cold day in February, but not so great for a warm, muggy day in late April. While I was getting ready, I heard our sprinklers go on. And then a few minutes later, I thought to myself "wow, those sprinklers are really loud" - nope...turns out, it was pouring down rain! We drove to the race and sat in the car, hoping that the standard line about Texas weather ("if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change") would come true. Oh, and naturally, the one time I was wearing something decorative in my hair, it was raining. I had Jeff take a picture of my homemade hair dealie - you can see the rain on the window of the car, too:
Teal ribbons for the Teal Ribbon 5K!
Sure enough, about 15 minutes later, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and the steam started rising from the pavement - ahhh, 70 degrees plus humidity. And running in the daylight (Julia says we are running vampires since we usually only run in the dark). This was going to be an interesting race!
Runners are encouraged to wear teal for the race - Julia and I obviously shopped at the same store as we turned up in identical shirts! Of course, she had her title to defend, since she won "Most Teal" last year, so she added some extras to her ensemble:
Jeff didn't have a teal shirt, so he went with the always-coordinating white:
But his water bottle was teal! Just luck on that one, as I bought it last summer at TJ Maxx for dirt cheap.
The race began - I think there were about 60 runners. Just about everyone ran like a bat out of hell at the beginning. I tried to not get caught up in that craziness, but it wasn't easy, and naturally I ended up dealing with some anxiety breathing. I wish I could get it through my head that this is my race to run MY way, but that concept still eludes me, even when, as I knew we would, we ended up passing a lot of the people who started so fast. Blergh. It was really warm and humid, and after the water station (around mile 1.5?) the sun was just burning on us...my face felt super hot and it was not a comfortable run from then on. There's a reason why we run in the dark - it may be warm, but at least we don't have the sun to contend with! I think I'll get pickier about which races I do in April, depending on their start times.
Anyway, we finished the race - the course was a little short, but we knew it would be based on where the start line was compared to where it is for the Turkey Trot. Not a big deal, as we were ready to be done.
After - my face was so red! Not sunburned, but overheated.
There were two people in contention for "Most Teal" this year - Julia, and a woman named Jessica. The organizers called both of them up and had the audience decide...I wondered if Jessica might win, because her tattoos had teal in them. There were both wearing the same socks (Target!), but Julia really was wearing more teal.
Here's the cheer-off:
Two years in a row!! Go Julia!!!
She won a gift card to Texas Roadhouse - and also got photobombed!
Afterward, we all went to Blue Baker, where it apparently was Give Food To Shelley day. We were there much later than normal, and while I was waiting to place my order, I saw that there was only one cinnamon twist left in the case. There was an older couple in front of me...and sure enough, they ordered it. I jokingly yelled out NOOOOOOOO, and they laughed and offered to let me have it. I thanked them but declined - said I'd survive. I was paying for our food when the lady walked up to me, reached into her bag and gave me half of the cinnamon twist - she said she wanted me to have it. How nice! Then, when I brought all the food to the table, I saw Will there with bacon on his plate, and I said "I forgot to order the bacon!" He instantly handed me a piece. At this point I was thinking that maybe I could just go from table to table and see what else people would give me as I must have looked especially hungry! I split the bacon with Jeff, and then he decided that we all needed more, so he went and bought another order (which we split with Will). A cinnamon roll also made an appearance...needless to say, we weren't hungry again until dinnertime, and even then, we weren't starving!
Carb-city, and oh so good!