Last weekend I hauled my cookies down to the ATX to join in the fun for the inaugural Austin 10/20 10 mile race.
This race offered a flat course, a rarity in central Texas and, with 20 bands along the way and a super gigantic medal, so it was pretty easy to sell it to me.
With this race, I did something I’ve never done before. I walked the entire thing. And my body absolutely hated it. Blisters, cramps and major soreness the next day. Pretty sure I’ll be sticking to my super slow jog. At least I know it works for me.
Why yes, I am a former professional ballerina. I was totally jumping for joy that it was all over.
Epic 90s rockers Everclear were the ‘headliners’ at the finish. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t looking too great so the crowd was dismal at best. They played all their hits (Santa Monica will always be my favorite) and right as they started their last song, the skies opened up and it started POURING. We made a mad dash to our car, but the quarter mile we spent in the downpour left us completely soaked.
The 10/20 had great crowd support, tons of volunteers, sufficient water and Gatorade stops and the bands were most excellent. My only complaint is the course itself. Yes, it is flat, which I love, but it was not very scenic at all. In a city as lovely as Austin, give me scenic. We started and finished near The Domain (which was an absolute dream for parking, tons of garages and lots) and then winded around random neighborhoods and a warehouse district. I think I would trade the flatness for a prettier route, I think.
Just me and one of my favorite ATX landmarks.
I’m not sure if I would do this race again. It was expensive, with an $80 registration, and I wasn’t totally in love with the course. I could probably be peer pressured into if the headliner is another one of my 90s faves. Third Eye Blind! Are you listening to me 10/20 people? Third Eye Blind.