First up are the Aramco Houston half marathon pictures. These are from Marathon photo, and are quite expensive. I waited until they offered a download special and bought a couple of them. Most of mine on the course ended up being taken when I was walking - hey, it happens when you do intervals - or else toward the end when I looked like the walking dead, even when I was running. My vanity will not let me pay real money for those shots, so this is what I bought:
My running peeps, in the corral before the race. I made prints for everyone, so we all have a good picture of us looking nice before the sweatfest began.
My finisher picture - you can't really tell from this shot that I had spent the last mile running in a full-on downpour. Very happy and proud runner here - half marathon #10, done.
Next up are pictures from the Missions Heritage 10,000, which are all free - yes, FREE. It's just another nice perk that the race organizers give their runners, and I really appreciate that, being the picture-lover that I am.
Julia, with the rose window in the background.
Last year at Mission San Jose, a group of volunteers were throwing rose petals up in the air to run through. This year, they were doing it again, only now I understood why - there is a rose window at the mission. Ahhh, connection made! Cary, Diane, and I decided to run through the roses separately in hopes of getting a good picture - yes, we had our priorities straight for the race. We all got some good shots:
Me...check out the woman behind me - it's impossible to not run through a shower of rose petals without feeling like a superstar!
Even the monk couldn't resist!
I mentioned in my race recap that the hills toward the latter part of the race were rough, which is why I was shocked to see such a good shot of us as we ran up one:
I love this picture! Smiling faces, conquering that hill. OK, there was some cussing along the way, but we look strong here!
Finish line - boy was I happy to get there.
After all of these race pictures, I don't have a long run to recap for you because Jeff and I played hooky last weekend and went to Dallas to visit Allie, so no running for us. I still got my weekday running in, though. I'll be back on track this weekend - Diane has 16 miles on tap, so I'll be running part of that with her - not sure how much, but it will be an adventure, no doubt.