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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Where are the Austin porta-potties?

I am soooooooooo far behind on blogging and reading everyone else's blogs because I'm getting settled into my new Austin digs.

But, I have found time to run: Saturday (9 miles with Team Rogue), Monday (7 miles - was supposed to be 6, but I got lost) and this morning around Town Lake (7 miles).

I will say this about Austin: There are tons of runners and they come in all speeds and sizes. On Saturday, about 50 or more met at the Team Rogue training center/shoe store off 5th Street and I-35 for a 6 a.m. run. I ended up running with these two guys, Cameron and Jason. They talked the whole way. I just concentrated on breathing. Finally, they asked me what marathon I was training for and what my time goal was.

"Philly or San Antonio," I said. "And I hope to qualify for Boston. A 3:20"

I must have sounded so proud. Then I asked them what there marathon goals were.

Both were going to run Portland. And both were trying for sub 3 hour marathons.

Just hearing someone say a "sub 3 hour marathon" nearly took my breath away. I kind of fell back a few steps and ran behind them. Then I hear Cameron telling Jason that he was not going to allow himself to run any faster than 7:30 miles while base-building.

Allow himself? Yeah, these guys are pretty fast.


The reason I got lost on Monday's run was comical. I met more Team Rogue runners at 6 a.m. on I-35 and Manor and the running coach gave us directions for this new route we were taking. I was kind of glad we were not running on the trails because my brand new Brooks Adrenalines are just filthy. Problem is, the turn by turn directions didn't tell you that sometimes there would not be street signs, or that E. 32nd street would turn into another street that was not listed on the directions.

And then, my bowels kept trying to explode. The day before I had a nice Italian dinner at Vespaio's (plenty of cheeses and wines with my meal) and at about 6:30 Monday morning, I thought I was going to go right in my pants. (See, when I ran in Fort Worth, I knew exactly where the port-a-potties were. In Austin, I'm going to have to scout on some places when I don't run on Town Lake.)

Somehow Monday, I didnt have to turn in some alley, though every time I had to stop and read the directions to figure out where I was going, the urge to go came back stronger and stronger.

The route was supposed to be 6 miles, but I took so many wrong turns that I wound up doing 7.

Oh well, at least I got to see what the Northeast side of Austin looked like.


Blogger Run For Life said...

I think I would feel less like I was running and more like flying if I ran sub 3!

I've done that getting lost while running thing more than once (actually was going to post about that today!) I HATE it when you can't find a toilet, so uncomfortable and nerve wracking, lol.

May 12, 2009 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Billy Burger said...

wow, that's sobering.

Philly or San Antonio huh? Good luck bud. Can't wait to hear about your training.

May 12, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

i often find myself jogging along at a 6:00/mile pace myself.

i have felt the same about finding the pit stops now that i'm away from home so much (/all the time) but luckily no emergencies yet! hope you find some before you really really really needed one.

May 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Or maybe your body doesn't like so much cheese! I could NEVER run a long run after that much cheese, but that's the lactose-intolerant side coming through. Wine? Bring it on!

Sounds like some good people to train with, though!

May 16, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous porta-potties said...

My goodness...talking about casual sub 3 min marathons...Makes me sick simply thinking at that speed. ;)

May 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Southern California Porta-potties said...

Yes, that's so uncomfortable when running but you're feeling you want to go to the porta-potties.

November 1, 2009 at 11:46 PM  

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