LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon 2011
This was Austin Marathon’s 20th anniversary. And the first year that LIVESTRONG was it’s sponsor. They did a great job overall, although the race has always seemed to be well put together. This was my first year to participate. I have been many times before when my dad was running the full but my first time to run the half.
First and foremost, I love Austin. It’s a fun city full of interesting people and great history. The course was beautiful with only a few miles of boring scenery. We started and finished in front of The Capitol.
The course was hilly. VERY HILLY. I guess you would expect that of Austin but in the past the course has always been somewhat flat. Fast even. But not anymore. I would compare it to Tyler’s course. Not quiet as hard but almost. There was actually one hill around mile 11 that was almost comical. I mean, not while you were trying to get up it, but after. It was so steep it was almost impossible to run. In fact, of all the 50 or so people around us, not 1 was running. You just couldn’t. And it was painful to walk. So painful that several people were going up backwards just to save their hamstrings. I thought about doing the same thing but figured I would fall and break something if I tried to turn around.
Overall it was a great weekend. The race experience was great. The course was hell. There were a few hiccups but not many. Like the water stations were a little chaotic and the finisher shirt pickup was just plain craziness but those are both things that can be easily corrected next year. I would definitely do this one again. Now that I know what I’m getting into anyway.
A huge acknowledgement needs to go to Serene for finishing this race strong, not only upright but in great time considering the hamstring injury she has. Seriously, it’s a big deal so tell her congrats.
Favorite signs of the race:
YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW
GO RANDOM RUNNER!
ONLY TIME IT’S ACCEPTABLE TO POOP YOUR PANTS
and my favorite…
MY MOMMY IS MY HERO
Favorite because that’s one of the biggest reasons why I do this. To show my children that I can do great things. Maybe the biggest reason. To show that I am not just a mom or a wife. That I am not just the fixer of snacks and the washer of clothes. That I am a strong woman and I can do anything I set out to do. And so can they.