After spending a couple days in Las Vegas for work, I flew directly to Houston to meet up with Scot. He had already checked us into the hotel and picked up our race packets. Good thing, as my flight arrived near midnight, and we had a 5K in the morning.
|Las Vegas from the air en route to Houston|
|With Jose, running the 5K for Meg|
|I grabbed a quick pic of Meb after crossing the starting line of the 5K|
|Scot and I after finishing the 5K - here's to you, Meg|
|Left: Mr. Nehal's pizza (paneer, green peppers and pickled ginger). Right: Saag Paneer pizza|
|Cave Creek Chili Beer from Mexico comes with a whole pepper inside! Served at Bombay Pizza|
Sunday morning came early, as race mornings always do. We dressed and walked the few blocks to the start and hoped to find some Maniac friends. Unfortunately, the starting corrals were organized in a way that made it difficult to hook up with anyone from a different corral. Most of our friends would be in faster corrals, so we weren't likely to see them.
Scot and I ran our own races in Houston, and due to the lack of out-and-back sections on the course, we didn't see each other at all after the start. I ran into a few Maniacs here and there, including local Maniac David, who said last year's Houston Marathon day was cold (in the 30s!) and rainy. Our race day got a little warm for my comfort, but I preferred it to a bitter, wet cold.
|Tree-lined, flag-lined streets near Rice University|
In the last couple miles of the Houston marathon, I found fellow Maniac Leah. It was nice to run with a friend in those last miles. After we finished, we quickly reunited with Scot, and then bumped into Sherry and Ethan. After sharing some friendly conversation and a few photos, we all had to get on with our post-race recovery plans.
|Ethan, Sherry, Leah, Sandy, Scot: "Finisher Hirts". Yes, we did!|
|ABB Houston 5K medal (left), Chevron Houston Marathon medal (right), Houston Double medal (center) for running both races.|
If you're considering registering for next year's Houston Marathon lottery, don't hesitate. The race was well-organized, had awesome volunteers and staff, lots of spectators, several bands and DJs, and was a really good experience. Texas = DONE!