By now you’ve probably learned that with some of our weekends we really like to go big or go home and by that we mean fit ALL of the things into one weekend. Our Wordless Wednesday post was a glimpse into everything we had going on this past weekend.
We kicked it off Saturday morning by running the Tour des Fleurs 10K at the Arboretum just like we’ve done every September for the last 5 and 6 years. And per usual our friend Bitner also participated in the race with us, but this year we also made Catherine join in the fun as well!
You can probably tell from the picture that Bitner was a little cold that morning – ha! A “cold” front had come through and we woke up in Dallas to temperatures in the 60’s. It was woooonderful and a big change from the heat! By the time we catch a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the Arboretum and walk through the Arboretum to the race area we aren’t really there that early and it’s time to start the race. Off we all go on our merry way.
Running along White Rock Lake as we have done every year at this race. We make it to the one “major” hill on the course that’s almost at the halfway mark. Beth encounters a runner that’s running a zig zag pattern up the hill with her fingers out dancing along to her music. We turn the corner and the hill is over! There’s a 3 mile marker sign. Huh? Where was the 2 mile marker sign? Oh, well surely someone just messed up. Running, running. Hey 5 mile marker sign. Ok, this is just messed up! We are a little over a mile off from these mile markers. Beth opted to go music-less for this race and no one else around her was commenting about the markers so she kind of assumed maybe she just took a wrong turn because it wouldn’t have been the first time (hello, Too Hot to Handle 2011!). Teal right away knew something was wrong with the course and reaffirmed that with other runners around here.
It turned out that the lead officer took that right turn onto the “big” hill instead of going straight a little bit further and us coming back to the hill. And then there really wasn’t a person out there to direct racers either, so we all ended up running a 5.15 mile race. PR’s for everyone!
When the race was over we each grabbed our finisher’s hats (THANKS for bringing those back, TDF!!) and made our way to the after party. They do throw a darn good after party with beer, lots of different food options and some free schtuff.One of the best parts about this race is getting to walk around the Arboretum afterwards and see all the pumpkins and gourds out all over the place. The majority of the time it doesn’t feel like Fall is even that close when we do this race, but we absolutely love getting to see the Arboretum all done up for Fall.
There were a lot of racers whose family came with them and were taking their children out of strollers to have their pictures taken amongst the pumpkins. As you know we don’t have kids so we opted to put Bitner in the pumpkins and take his picture. He loves of us, clearly, because he puts up with us doing these things!
It is sad that the race wasn’t a true 10K, but we love this race! We can still remember the feelings of nervousness when we were running our first 10Ks. So far! It’s a bit pricey, but considering the great after party, the finisher’s hat (though they were gone for two years) and the free entry into the Arboretum it’s a good deal! We’ll be back!