Luke’s 2012 Dillo run

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Luke stands in front of Junior Dillo finish line

Luke woke up this morning with fire in his belly. I had already been up for a few hours, and the coffee had kicked in. But Luke didn’t need coffee.

He was kind of driving me crazy, to be honest. I’m already feeling a bit on edge with ask the tasks piling up. Then, I decided not to work out in order to get some work some, so I was already in a touchy place when the screeching began. And the jumping around.

Needless to say, I was glad when he and I left for the Junior Dillo race at Auditorium Shores. We parked about 20 min before his heat was scheduled to begin, only to realize his race tag was at home on the kitchen counter.

Color me not amused.

Cooler heads prevailed, and after calling Andy who insisted the race people would help, crisis was averted when Luke for a replacement tag.

Whew!

We had a great run. There was a lot of excitement in the air, and it was infectious.
Luke kept a great pace. He loves sprinting, so he would take off, slow down to catch his breath, then take off again. I cheered him on along the whole mile, and I even tried to distract him by pointing out stuff up ahead so he wouldn’t think about being tired as much.

Luke eating a cinnamon bun

I have no idea when we crossed the finish line. I guess the race people didn’t enter his new tag number, because his name wasn’t among the results. (Bummer.) But we had fun anyway.

I do have one beef with the race. Guess who was a sponsor — Whataburger. The fast food chain provided the food after the run, and it wasn’t fruit.

It was cinnamon buns. With icing.

You can imagine my amusement.

Despite the sugary madness post-race, I’m so glad we went, and I’m so proud of my Luke.

My Cap10K

This morning, I saw a guy three times with a sign that read “Running Sucks.”  There was a time when I would have agreed, but today I had so much fun running the Cap10K!

The Cap10K was — by far — one of the best organized races I’ve run so far, and the course was great.  There were some significant hills, but each one was followed by a decent decline, which made recovery easy.  I kept thinking — “I’m having a great time!  Should I be having a good time?  This is the farthest I’ve ever run.”

Cindy and Jenny after the Cap 10KMy chip time came in at 1:00:37 — not quite under an hour as I hoped, but I did walk for a couple of minutes with Jenny when she started feeling sick.  I wasn’t going to leave my running buddy.  It’s only a run.

I will definitely do this run again next year, and my goal is to run it in under 50 minutes.  Think I can do it?

I had a total playlist win during the race, thanks to some suggestions from my friend Richard and some fresh downloads from Amazon.  But that’s not all.  Here are my top loves from the race:

5. Being timed.
This cut down on having to dodge runners and stroller for the first mile.
Totally worth the extra money.

4. Extra water stations
I didn’t use every single one, but it was nice that the race planners put them at more frequent intervals later in the course.

3. Connelly HS Band — playing under the overpass after mile marker 3.
I started clapping for them, and they got excited and started playing again.  Awesome.

2. Neighborhood residents stationed along the frontage road between Enfield and Lake Austin Boulevard.
These folks came out in force and even provided what I assume was unofficial entertainment.  They rocked.

1. The eldery woman in the wheelchair dressed in the cow costume under the MoPac bridge who was cheering us on.
Need I say more?  I love Austin.

Luke’s first race

I think I’ve inspired my son to run.

First there was the Turkey Trot.  Then the Zilker Tree run.  He really wanted to accompany me on the Paramount 5K.  And he’s been talking about signing up for Marathon Kids since the beginning of the school year (you have to be 5 — he’ll be eligible in the fall).

On Saturday morning, Luke got to compete in a race that was all his — the Statesman Junior Dillo.  He was so excited.

Andy ran the mile-long race with him, because I wanted to rest and hang out with Madeline during the race.  It was so awesome to see him run all the way in and cross the finish line.  He crossed it after about 14 minutes — not too shabby for being 4!  Luke told me he even fell and scraped up his knees and elbows, but he jumped back up and kept running!

We celebrated with a trip to his favorite burger joint — Hut’s, of course! — and ice cream parlor — Amy’s, where we all indulged in a delicious and rare treat!

It will be my turn to run tomorrow, and I hope the burger and ice cream don’t hurt me too badly, but it was so worth it to celebrate with my little runner, who has informed me that he wants to do more.

I took a bunch of pictures — check ’em out:

Up for an obstacle course, anyone?

I think I might try this, even though I’m no fan of SHAPE magazine: The Diva Dash.

It’s no Tough Mudder, and I’m usually not into Girls’ Only races, because they tend to feel kind of forced and I like trying to keep up with the guys — but it might be kind of cool.

Hmmmm… who’s with me?