In mid-May, I ran the 5K celebrating the opening of the new trail head on Marine Creek Lake. It was cloudy, very windy, and freaking cold for mid-May. I thought it might rain, so I initially wore a cap, but realized the cap probably wouldn’t remain on my head when running on the dam. Luckily, I had one headband with me, and it didn’t end up raining. My time was faster than I expected, because I walked some, and stopped completely at one point to stretch out my calves.
This year was my second time running the Buffalo Boogie at the Fort Worth Nature Center. Aggie has run both races with me, and, this year, I convinced both kids to go with me, too. It was a cool, sunny morning. The race seemed a little disorganized this year. They had added a 10K, and failed to mention that it was the only race that started at 8:30, so we were already at the starting line when they announced the 5K didn’t start until 9. Aggie behaved decently well, but she was ready to go.
Hannah ended up walking it with one of her friends, so here is a photo of her before the race began.
Zachary ran/walked with me and Aggie, and we finished in about 45 minutes. We had to stop for a photo with the buffalo herd.
Just a little over two weeks after Cowtown, I had a bike wreck and really banged up my right knee. It hurt so bad to wear pants that I actually wore a dress to work! The injury caused me to take a little break from running, but I attempted a 5K at the end of March. The Wicked Wine Run was a evening race, and since I was doing it for run, I wore the cotton race shirt. It was warm for March and humid, so it was uncomfortable running it. The course wound through a winery and was a little muddy in places. This was my reward for finishing.
After the race, we purchased some wine and listened to the band. Overall, it was fun, and I would run it again.
The last weekend in February, I completed the Cowtown Challenge by completing a race on each day.
Saturday, I ran the adult’s 5K. I took it slow and didn’t have to walk at all. A lot of the course was downhill, and I think I would have had a good chance to PR had I not been saving myself for the half the next day.
Sunday, I ran my first half marathon. We got there early. This was the largest race I have run, because the ultra and full marathons start at the same time as the half. There were 8 corrals of runners. The race starts at Will Rogers Coliseum. The clouds started to roll in just before the start of the race.
The course then heads down Lancaster to Trinity Park, then on to West 7th, through some neighborhoods, and eventually onto University. The Elvis impersonator was was just before the turn onto University. Before this, we had already passed a couple of bands, and some girl scouts giving out free cookies to runners. I kept a decent pace until the first hill on University, where I took a quick walk break, then we went through more neighborhoods, with more bands, aid stations, and people cheering us on.
Then, we arrived in the Fort Worth Stock Yards. I didn’t find the bricks as bad as I have heard some runners think they are, but I ran a 5K last year that started in the Stockyards, so I had a little experience running on them.
We turned south to head to 23rd street. I didn’t get a photo of the Swift Armour ruins, but they were eerie looking in the cloudy weather. We turned on 23rd to head back to Main Street. That stretch never seems long at all when I drive it, but this is where my feet were starting to hurt, so it seem to take awhile. After this, we were on Main Street for awhile. That bridge going into downtown is no joke. There were a lot of spectators on the bridge, so that helped, but it was still hard. I do love looking at the Tarrant County Courthouse, so I had to get a couple of photos.
Houston Street is where most of the spectators were. Mayor Betsy Price was even on the street giving high fives. We turned onto Lancaster, and this is where the ultra and full marathoners split off from us. The hill at mile 11 almost did me in, but at least there was a bagpipe player here. Starting with that hill, the rest of the race was a struggle for me. My feet and ankles were really hurting, and I ended up walking a lot of mile 12. But, I finished! I’m so proud of myself for doing it, and I plan to run the half again next year. And, I got my challenge medal.
I decided to do a 52-week photography challenge for 2016. The first week is a self-portrait. I used the self-timer for the first time, and I used my speedlight since I was indoors.
On November 21, I ran my very first 10K – the Pumpkin Spice 10K in Fort Worth. We had a cold front blow in that morning, so it was windy and cold. It wasn’t bad while running, but I think it got colder and windier by the time the race was over. My chip time was 1:09:37, which was faster than I expected. The race shirt is my favorite race shirt so far. It’s long sleeve and so soft. The swag also included a mug and sunglasses.
In other news, I registered for The Cowtown half marathon in February, so I’m several weeks into training for it. I also registered for the 5K, so I’ll complete the Cowtown Challenge.
On October 10, we went to Turner Falls, Oklahoma with some friends.
We parked in the lot near the entrance and walked. Our first stop was the castle.
The kids seemed to really enjoy climbing around in it. Some of the stairs were steep!
We walked up to the campground above the castle and got our first view of the falls.
Then, we went down to the pool and falls.
There wasn’t a lot of water coming over the falls, but it was still pretty.
We took a trail past the falls, to this quiet pool.
After that, the kids played in the pool by the falls, and we attempted to get to one of the caves but chickened out before we went back home. It was a nice, short trip, and the weather was perfect!
On September 26, I ran the Rahr Oktoberfest 5K for the first time. It was so much fun, and I got a PR! In fact, I was having so much fun that the only photo I took was the one of my watch when I finished. My official time was 32:09. I was surprised I ran that fast, because it was already warm by race time. Instead of a finisher medal, you get a finisher pint glass, which you can fill 3 times. I tried an Oak beer (I didn’t catch the full name), and the Oktoberfest beer. The Oktoberfest was my favorite. There were a lot of people in costume, but I wasn’t one of them – maybe next year. We’ve already decided we must run this 5K again next year.
I love waterfalls! I love taking photos of waterfalls! So, our last day in Asheville, we visited waterfalls. We drove to Whitewater Falls, near the South Carolina border.
I had never visited South Carolina, so, in my quest to visit all 50 states, we drove across the border to hike to Lower Whitewater Falls. While driving to the parking lot for the trail, this deer ran across in front of us and paused long enough for me to snap a photo.
According to my phone, we hiked 4.21 miles out and back.
According to my FitBit, this day was 7.09 miles and 129 floors.
Since I haven’t mentioned food for this trip. Our favorites were Central BBQ in Memphis (The brisket nachos and pork ribs were delicious!) and Moe’s Original BBQ in Asheville. We found Moe’s the first time we were in Asheville. This trip, we picked up food from Moe’s twice and had leftovers for lunch one day.