But my recent renege of the Tallahassee race in February was still bothering me. I'm not a quitter. When I say I'll do something, I do it. So I made up my mind. I would run this race. Drive up to Round Rock Saturday afternoon, get my race packet, continue on to the Holiday Inn where I had booked a room using rewards points, and just do it.
Race day morning I was awake at 5:30 AM and then out the door of the hotel at 6:15 AM. It was a short and easy drive to Old Settlers Park and Dell Diamond where the start/finish line and the pre-race festivities were waiting for all of us runners. There was plenty of free parking and nice breakfast snacks in the VIP tent. I've learned that the $25 for access to VIP parking, the VIP area, and the VIP portapotty with no line is well worth that small expense.
It was warm and muggy, with overcast skies and threat of rain later in the day. Much of the course followed a tortuous route through Old Settler's Park, doing loops, zig zags, and back and forth legs through parking lots. Not the best route for much of it - very tedious doing the parking lot loops - but for a small section on a beautiful path through the woods.
|Race route, data from my Garmin GPS watch. A very tortuous and confusing race route.|
The rain held off until about mile 9, when its arrival was announced by lightning and claps of thunder overhead. Fortunately the lightning was short-lived, but the rain stayed with us to the finish line.
|Done and out of the rain|
Finisher medal around my neck and my Legacy Runner medal for running this race in its first year last year and again this year in my possession, I waited a bit in hopes they'd start the awards ceremony soon. I was pretty sure I'd at least placed in my age group. I chatted with a couple of past season's Biggest Loser stars in the VIP area but then made the decision to leave, get in the car and drive the 3 hours to get home. It wasn't worth waiting another hour for a paper certificate.
|Biggest Loser Round Rock finisher medal and Legacy Finisher medal|
Another one done. Oh, and I came in first in my age group. Now on to the more meaningful ones....Brookings SD next weekend and Fargo ND the following weekend.