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Keep Austin Weird 5K 2009

Yesterday, I participated in the Keep Austin Weird 5K. Let’s just say I woke up… started to walk to the start line from my flat and it looked pretty dreary:

Austin Rain

I finally made it to the start line and it started to pour:

Keep Austin Weird 5k Start Line

The race was delayed about 15 minutes for some unknown reason… at least the announcer was entertaining… I learned that the record for a 5K in a two-man horse costume is about 37 minutes. The race eventually started and I got off to a good start… I hit the 1st mile marker at about 6:15 and then my soaked shoes started to feel like dead weight. I slowed down quite a bit and made it to the finish line at a disappointing 20:18… at least I got to see the AGLCC finish with their skirts and rainbows:

Keep Austin Weird 5K Finish Line

To help with my speed, I’m going to focus on speed work the next couple of months as my normal 5K time usually floats just about 19 minutes. The next race on the agenda is the Austin Marathon Relay hosted by SI.