A typical pre-race routine involves plenty of resting, hydration and sleep. Sometimes, like life, race timing is anything but typical. My friend and client Sharon drove over from Baton Rouge, LA on Friday to spend the weekend with me and run the 10 miler today. Had we been really serious about it, we would have stayed off our feet, eaten well and gone to bed plenty early Friday and Saturday, gulping water along the way.
Sharon is anything but serious or typical. She has a zest for life and thirst for adventure and because of that we have had a fantastic weekend. Friday night we took a skylight riverboat cruise on Lake Austin, keeping us up past both of our curfews. Beautiful cityscapes and lively conversation filled the hour we spent on the Lonestar Riverboat.
Saturday morning she was up with me to meet Team CIS for their long run and was brave enough to handle mascot Miley for the hour we were on the trail. Our endurance training continued at the Athleta store at the Domain where we tried on outfit after outfit until we both found a top we wanted to wear in the race.
The adventure continued Saturday night as no trip to Texas is complete without boots, and no trip to Austin without live music. We threw our country dresses on with our boots and drove into the city for the Cassadee Pope and Pat Green concert. Standing on your feet for 5+ hours in cowboy boots, foot tappin’ and hip swayin’ the duration of it is not typically in the recommendations for race prep. But again, she, and my running philosophy are far from typical.
Pat Green is a phenomenal entertainer and we were both so glad we stayed the entire concert. Our hips and toes were feeling it this morning but sometimes you have to pushthrough some soreness ;).
Then this morning, the true reason for her visit was upon us. We were up by 6 with less than 6 hours of sleep, tripping over Miley and trying to throw together our pre-race meals (oatmeal with almond butter) and get some caffeine in. When I let Miley out for the bathroom, I noticed the wet concrete of our backyard and sent up a silent prayer that the rain would stop.
We toed the line with the thousands of other runners out to support access to clean drinking water in Africa (the charity for Run for the Water) and after a 15 minute weather delay, we were off into the hills of rich Austin. Before we even reached the first mile we had a compliment on our purple tops. Conversation of goals, love, life, running, and travel flowed easily for the ten miles. We chatted with other runners about the ritzy houses and tradition of the race as we ran through neighborhoods still quiet fromthe early morning.
We finished with the sun up and the hazy drizzle hiding the bulk of Austin’s skyline. It ended up being a 10 mile PR for Sharon but we went into it lighthearted and looking for fun. Which is exactly what we got, reminding me that running shouldn’t be your life, rather, it should fit into your lifestyle in whatever way you see fit. There is a time and a place for serious racing, just as there’s a time and a place for staying out late with your boots on.