Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cowtown in Fort Worth, Texas

I decided to sign up for the Cowtown half in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend. I was going back-and-forth as I always do, but the flight that I found was unbelievable, too good to pass up. So, I'm booked and ready to fly out later this evening. I am staying in the middle of the city and am looking forward to spending the day in Fort Worth after the run in the early morning. I don't know what to expect for weather, so I am packing a variety of choices, just in case. It looks like a nice run, and of course, it will be my half in the 17th state. Moving right along. We'll see how things go. It is sunny in Wisconsin today.

I arrived in DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth airport) at 11:00 PM, very late night. Took a Super Shuttle to Fort Worth, which took about 20 minutes. I met a nice lady, on the shuttle, who was coming in from San Francisco to surprise her sister on her 50 year birthday party. She was the last one to show up and knew her sister would be surprised.

Once I arrived at the Omni hotel, I was exhausted. I didn't sleep well, but got up at 5:30 AM to walk to the Sundance Square, which was only a 5 minute walk, to register and pick up my timing chip and number. After I registered I walked back to my hotel, and went to the workout room to warm up my legs for 10 minutes. At 7 AM, I headed out to the start line. It was very windy and cold, around 35 degrees. I found my place in to start, around the 2:00 marker, not sure I could really make that pace today given the late night and little sleep that I had. I was a little off kilter. While standing in the start, I met a wonderful lady name Marina, who was a police officer for Fort Worth, running the half marathon for the first time. We ran together for the first 3 miles and then I was just warn out and told her to go ahead. I struggled running into the wind. There were several small-long inclines during the run, that really tuckered me out. I watched for mileage and listened for time, and realized if I could make it in by 2:11 I would be very happy. After the 5th mile, my legs, knees and feet were hurting. I looked down at my shoes and realized these were not my white running shoes I typically wear for the half. I must have grabbed the wrong pair when I was packing. These were my older shoes that I used for walking. After I realized this, I thought I was toast. But, I chugged along, and listened to my aches and pains to make sure I wouldn't pull any muscles. The wind kept up it's fierce force. I kept going, running the whole way. There were some water stations where runners had to wait for the volunteers to pour water, I just kept going through those without water. I didn't want to lose what cadence I did have during this run. At around mile 11, I was ready to be done, knowing I only have 2 miles left, I kept telling myself to keep going. Which I did, and finished with a time of 2:04.59 chip time (board time was 2:06).

Not too bad given how hard this run was for me.

After the race, I ran into my friend, she came in at a 1:55 pace, you go girl!!! That was awesome. She offered to show me around town, but all I wanted to do at that moment was get out of my wet clothes, take a long warm shower and eat a big brunch. And that's exactly what I did. It felt good. After I rested, I walked around the city. It really is a nice city and the people are very welcoming and friendly. I ate a warm turkey melt sandwich on a pretzel bun, it was delicious! The bartender helped me out with additional highlights around the area.

I took pictures, enjoy the album labeled Cowtown for more visual effects.

That's about it.

I'm excited to have completed a half marathon in my 17th state. I am now on the half2run leader board, I am getting closer to the 25 states.

That's that!