We’ve enjoyed the opportunities we’ve had to drive the RV to running, hiking and biking events, so here is one that is shaping up as a possibility. We are signed up for a return to Central Texas for the Austin Half Marathon on February 14, 2016. What better way to express your love for your SO than to suffer, together, the long, agonizing climb from the Colorado River to Ben White Boulevard along South Congress Avenue.
Last year there were 8,856 Austin Half Marathon participants, 5,130 women and 3,726 men. We return to improve (defend?) our Division place standings of 91/268 for S and 155/313 for me. That means there are just 21 days before the run. And this is just a short 28 days after running the Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon. Which, as it turns out, we did not fully run.
We are able to work in the RV as the Conestoga is being stored in Dallas during this harsh California winter (sunny and 60 degrees today). If the Texas weather cooperates, we will de-winterize and make the 3 hour drive down Interstate 35.
This week, we were able to get out on the Guadalupe Trail and run from the Western Outpost to 237 and back, a roundtrip of 4 miles. The rest of last week, weather (rain, clouds, 55 degrees) forced us into the gym and onto the elliptical machine and treadmill. If we assume the MOM was just a 6.2 mile training run, according to Hal Higdon, we should be doing the following over the next 3 weeks, “should” being the operative word (and what we will probably do in parenthesis):
Sun 1-24: 10-K run (3 mile run out West)
Mon 1-25: Cross train (Air travel to Texas, 3 mile run, La Hacienda Ranch for Tex-Mex)
Tues 1-26: 5 mile run (cross) (Chuy’s for Tex-Mex)
Wed 1-27: 3 mile run or cross (3 mile run, La Hacienda Ranch for Tex-Mex)
Thurs 1-28: 5 mile run (4 mile run, Texas BBQ)
Fri 1-29: Rest (cross, Pappasitos for Tex-Mex)
Sat 1-30: Cross (3 mile run, Torchy’s Tacos, Chuy’s Tex-Mex)
Sun 1-31: 9 mile run (travel back to Western Outpost, cross)
Mon 2-1: Rest (cross or 3 mile depending on WX, Tex-Mex and BBQ fast)
Tues 2-2: 5 mile run (cross or 3 mile depending on WX, Tex-Mex and BBQ fast)
Wed 2-3: 3 mile run (cross or 3 mile depending on WX, Tex-Mex and BBQ fast)
Thurs 2-4: 5 mile run (birthday cake in absentia, cross or 3 mile depending on WX, Tex-Mex and BBQ fast)
Fri 2-5: Rest (Rest, travel to Texas)
Sat 2-6: Cross (Torchy’s, Joe T Garcia Tex-Mex)
Sun 2-7: 9 mile run (9 mile run, Rosa’s Tortillas for cheap Tex-Mex)
Mon 2-8: Cross (3 mile run) (Texas BBQ taper)
Tues 2-9: 4 mile run (Cross, Tex-Mex taper)
Wed 2-10: 3 mile run (3 mils run, Tex-Mex and BBQ taper)
Thurs 2-11: 2 mile run (2 mile run, Tex-Mex reprise, cheese and jalapeno loading)
Fri 2-12: Rest (1 mile run, RV Travel to Austin, Bucees, fried pickles)
Sat 2-13: Rest (Kerby Lane Cafe, Texas Chili Parlor, cheese and jalapeno loading)
Sun 2-14 Happy Valentines Day. Run 13.1 Miles (Black’s BBQ, RV Trip back to Dallas).
Mon 2-15 Dallas (Tex-Mex TBD)
Tues 2-16 Return to Western Outpost (Tex-Mex and BBQ withdrawal).
Friday and Saturday night the weekend of the Austin Half Marathon, we will probably stay at the Pecan Grove RV Park near Barton Springs. We’ve stayed there before, and what it lacks in amenities, it makes up in location. The plan is to take our bikes and pedal to the start of the Half Marathon Sunday morning, Unfortunately, the Texas Longhorn basketball team will be in Ames, Iowa that weekend, so no trip to the Drum. At some point, we will amble over to the steep climb between the 11th and 12th mile and curse it.
The rest of the year in running is shaping up with the Capital 10-K in Austin, 2-3 additional Half Marathons (Dallas and/or San Jose RnR), We plan to bring the Conestoga back West across the southern route (the route 66 route, Amarillo, ABQ, Flagstaff, Barstow, Bakersfield) in late March. It is probably not too early to get those Yosemite reservations in place.