LAF 5k - A Stroll downtown



So yesterday I  did the LAF 5k, starting from the Capital building downtown, on a bright, sunny morning.

I had the pleasure of some company, Cassidy and I were going to do the run/walk together. She isn't a runner and I wasn't so bothered, so I figured it would be fun to walk right down the middle of Congress Ave, across the bridge and around to South 1st bridge and back.

Andy Roddick the tennis player, Lance and a few others made speeches. Then it was the Nation Anthem and we were off.  You can really get a better view of the city when there is no traffic.

As always the LAF did a great job, taking special care of survivors. One nice touch was arranging a load of pedicabs, decked out in yellow for kids who were cancer survivors. 50-minutes for the 5k, a walk in the park and downtown!

Today I went out and did the South West Parkway/71/Bee caves/Loop 360 and back, 35-miles at race pace and then did the 6.5-mile loop down to and around the trail. A week after I was scheduled to do a half IM distance, and pulled out because I wasn't going to make my target time. After todays run, lets be honest, I don't think I could have finished, not fit enough. Hmmm time to think about next weeks race.

Oh, and I never made it to End of an Ear on Saturday for Southern drama, bummer. Too busy cutting the lawn, cleaning etc.

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I think mum would be proud
I had intended to ride 90 miles for my mom Sunday, but when I logged on, they were no longer taking online registrations. So I did 78 miles self-supported instead. Since I've volunteered at Livestrong since 2004, I dug out one of the water bottles to carry water to work today. The message: "Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life"

Thinking of you and your mum...
Re: I think mum would be proud
thank you so much.

see you at the J&A volunteer party...
Re: Not even finished?
Yeah, really. I could have walked the whole run and finished, but after nine years of triathlon and 3x prior halfs and one full, I don't call that finishing.

I still think all this work ambiguity and uncertainty is messing with my head... still I'll give it my best shot Sunday and see if I can get something right this year!