The first weekend in January was the annual Bandera race. I was shooting for 14 hours, but missed by 26 minutes. I consider it a wash since the course was 2 miles longer than previous years. I finished in the top third overall and 3rd in my age group.
A few days later, I went to visit my mom. It was freezing in Michigan but I spent most of my time visiting with mom and watching Downton Abbey.
This last week, I was back in Austin for the big freeze. Once again, the frost weed was out and I took some great pictures.
We are in Cancun now, but the last two weeks in Austin were very busy. We first started with the Safe fundraiser (merger of Safe Place and the Childrens’ shelter). Our friend Ann was getting an award so were were her guest.
The following Friday was the Literacy Coalition’s annual fundraiser, Reading Between the Wines. I was the board chair for the event so it was a bit stressful but the event went off very well. We raised a lot of money and one of my students was able to give a short speech on how the programs have helped her.
Also, our CEO is moving on so the board presented her with a going away present. The picture below that is the entire board.
Here’s Tracy chatting with our neighbors, Ryan and Katie.
Just two days later, we were are the Planned Parenthood dinner. Tracy and I always buy a table and we thought that it would be fun to take Preston. Here we are all dressed up for the evening.
The next morning we left for Mexico. We are in Cancun trying out a new resort. So far, so good. We walked around yesterday. Here’s Tracy in the surf in front of the resort.
I thought this gull with it’s feathers all messy looked like our dog Izzy.
We walked to the end of the point and posed for a few pictures.
I ran the 50 miler this year… Mike is off on a world adventure so I ran it alone. The weather was great- clear and 40 degrees at the 5am start. I felt on top of the world until about mile 32 when my body remembered that I just ran a 100 a little over a month ago. My quads got heavy and stomach rumbled but I wanted a PR. I was shooting for 12 hours and ended up with a 12:22. I ended up in 13th place out of the 69 starters. Almost an hour faster than my fastest time at Cactus.
Couple of pictures from Austin City Limits festival…. The 3 of us went down to hang out backstage at the HomeAway stage. We also got to watch one of my favorite bands, “Live”. It was a great performance.
When leaving we did some acrobatics in the HomeAway house.
My old org from work was having an offsite in Austin this week so I invited them over to watch the video of CW and me hiking the JMT. About 20 people came and brought far too much food and drink. We watched the video and then CW demo’d some of the hiking gear.
It was great to see everyone. I posted the video and all the pictures below.