This yr’s medal – would not get extra Texas-looking than this!

On Sunday I and many of the Renegades ran the Texas 10 Sequence race, which is yr 4 for me.  It is a straightforward one to run as a result of the route is native, and it isn’t on the campus of Texas A&M, which suggests it is easy to get to and park at.  Additionally, we attempt to register throughout their opening hour of bonanza pricing; for those who can hit that earlier than the allotted variety of spots on the low costs promote out, you may get deal.  This yr I paid $20 for the 5 mile race and $25 for the ten miler race, which is fairly low-cost contemplating you get a race t-shirt, a medal, a prize for those who occur to win your age group (a number of of our Renegades have executed this over time), and also you is likely to be fortunate sufficient to have your bib quantity drawn after the race and win some money, which three of our members did final yr.

This yr’s T-shirt – I’ve lastly realized to order a males’s massive as an alternative of any of the ladies’s sizes are they’re extremely small (their web site says they run two sizes small…possibly select a special model, then?).  Anyway the shirt is smooth and suits me, and can go into my exercise shirt rotation.

All of us arrived round 6:30 am for the 7:00 am begin.  It was one other chilly morning – 43 levels – which is sweet for working.  Karen, Diane, and I have been doing the 5 miler whereas Jeff, Cary, and Julia have been doing the 10 miler.  This race is well-organized and it began on time; one factor new this yr is that they broke up the begins of the completely different distances, so the 10 milers began after which about 5 minutes later the 5 milers began.  There was additionally a 5K and a youngsters mile, so just about anybody who wished to take part may discover a distance that they appreciated.

We watched the 10 mile group take off after which it was our flip.  As a result of the teams have been separated, we ended up very near the beginning line to start, and that meant that Diane and I needed to run fairly darn quick proper off the bat to keep away from getting run over.  Probably not, however we did not need to impede anybody behind us.  Though we have been in a position to quiet down into our regular tempo pretty shortly, that quick begin gave us our quickest mile of the race.  I used to be carrying my normal winter working gear – lined long-sleeved shirt, windbreaker over that, neck buff, gloves, and my two layers of capris and working skirt and I used to be comfy; I did not take off the windbreaker and gloves till we have been nearly at mile three.  I type of regretted that as we neared the end as a result of fog had rolled in and it was damp and chilly!

In regards to the end.  For many of the race Diane and I had adopted a lady and had lastly handed her within the final half mile.  The route has you run partway down a aspect avenue after which flip round and run to the end line, which is uphill from the turnaround on.  The girl handed us after we did the turnaround, and I will be sincere, I used to be getting drained and slowing down, so she was getting increasingly more forward of us.  We hit the ultimate tenth of a mile – the end line was in sight – and I may inform Diane was itching to go the girl once more.  I informed her to go forward as I believed I used to be nearly out of gasoline, so she did, and handed her so quick that I believed nicely heck, I guess I can go her as nicely, so I gunned it and certain sufficient beat her throughout the end line.  I hardly ever “race” my races so this was type of enjoyable, really.

We completed, acquired our medals, and have been freezing, so we determined to stroll again to our automobiles to get sweatshirts.  We discovered Karen and Jimmy there, doing the identical factor – the temps had dropped and with the heavy fog it was actually getting chilly, particularly on a sweaty physique.  We walked again to the end space, turned in our bib numbers for an opportunity on the money prize drawing, after which went to the meals tent.  I acquired a banana and a breakfast taco, not that I wished the breakfast taco but it surely was wrapped in foil and I used it as a hand hotter.  All of us did that, after which handed the tacos onto Jimmy:

You’re employed up an urge for food spectating!  Facet observe:  In a while at Blue Baker, Jimmy completed his breakfast and acquired as much as clear his plate, leaving most of a ciabatta roll uneaten.  Karen was all “What are you doing?  Give me that!”  It was humorous as a result of usually Jimmy finishes the uneaten meals from everybody, however these breakfast tacos crammed him up.

We stood round, freezing, ready for our 10 milers to come back in:

What’s the take care of me spending the final two Sundays with frozen fingers and toes whereas ready for Jeff, Cary, and Julia to complete?!  We weren’t carrying sufficient heat garments and have been just about icicles right here.
Lastly, we noticed them by means of the fog:
After final week’s marathon, this 10 mile race was no massive deal for them.
Jeff is engaged on his end line strikes…

They crossed the end line and inside a pair minutes of standing round, have been freezing too, so sweatshirts have been placed on after which we posed for a gaggle image:

Karen, me, Diane, Julia, Cary, and Jeff.  Jimmy was taking the image and directed our ahead foot pose in order that’s why we seem like fashions right here.

We waited round – nonetheless freezing – for the age group awards.  Karen had a PR however she’s in an age group with plenty of quick girls so she did not place.  Diane’s title was referred to as for second in her age group, woohoo!  She acquired her prize and stood on the rostrum with the opposite winners; we have been within the again so we could not actually see the opposite two, however guess who was third?  The girl that she handed within the final minute!  Diane was fairly comfortable about that.  Right here she is along with her prize:

A espresso mug!  She will be able to drink the candy style of victory from it.

Not solely did we wait round for the age group awards, we additionally have been hoping to win some cash with the random drawing.  It is a humorous occasion as a result of with this race being a part of a sequence throughout south Texas, there are plenty of runners who do each race and get jokingly brutal a couple of quantity being introduced; if it isn’t claimed shortly, everybody begins yelling RE-DRAW!  OK we acquired into that as nicely.  Nobody from our group gained something from the 5 mile drawings, however look who got here away with a ten mile prize:
Oh heck sure!  100 simoleons!  Jeff gained final yr as nicely, and we’ll be placing it towards the identical factor as final yr – new trainers for him.  

All in all, though it was tough to be so chilly after the race, it was one other enjoyable morning spent with the Renegades.

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