My Baby’s Big Day in Austin, Texas

My Baby & friends at the finish line. Why don't they look like they just ran 6 miles?

My Baby ran her first 10K this weekend – the Austin Statesman Capitol 10K. It’s the largest 10K race in Texas, and the fifth largest in the nation. It was really impressive to see that many runners in downtown Austin. There were couples in tutus, a group in Gumby costumes, the entire cadet class of the Austin Police Department, a cadet corps of Aggies, a few luche libres, The Mario Brothers, two friends dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Thing One & Thing Two, a couple that got engaged at the finish line and a guy dressed like a cast member from Braveheart.

They may take this guy's dignity, but they'll never take his freedom.

But we were there for just one runner, and in a sea of more than 13,000+ participants, our beautiful daughter crossed that finish line with a smile on her face and her arms over her head in victory. I wish you could have seen her.

Jonah Bear was yelling like a maniac when he saw his mommy come around the corner and cross that line. It was an exciting moment. Not only did she finish with flair, she was able to text us as she ran so the kids could follow her progress on the race map. Now that’s talent. She ran the 10K (6.2 miles) in 1:14:52. Congratulations, honey. We may be proud parents, but you are a rock star!

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12 responses to “My Baby’s Big Day in Austin, Texas

  1. Wow, congratulations on a job well done! I know I couldn’t run a race like that. :)

  2. KJ

    Congrats to your baby – she is a rock star!
    I wish I could run but I have plantar fac..facci…fasci…oh, heck, I’m fat!

  3. Congrats! How did she feel afterwards? Had she been training for awhile before signing up? Back in the day, when I was in ROTC in college, I ran the Army ten miler as well as smaller 5K races in the area. I loved it. Now, years later and completely out of shape, my sister and I on a whim have signed up for a 5K in mid-April. I am already trying not to regret my decision and back out, but it has been A LONG time since I ran that far at one time. I found out about the run late, so now only have a couple of weeks to prepare. So, it will not be a pretty sight to see. I’m sure I’ll either be crawling or limping across the finish line. Ifigure I have to start somewhere and may as well get the first run out of the way and the next ones will be easier after that, I hope!
    This is Katie, BTW, a random commentor on your blog. Both you and Laundry and Vodka have inspired me to start my own blog. I look forward to reading your new posts each morning I arrive to work. So, thank you for the inspiration!

    • Hey, Katie! Good luck with your upcoming 5K. I’m rooting for you! My Baby has been jogging for exercise for a while. She has several teacher friends at school that like to sign up for runs and walks, and this one was their most ambitious to date. For training, she’s been running 3-5 miles. I think adrenaline and great weather helped her enjoy this one, too. It was 63 degrees, overcast, and breezy on the morning of the race. Just lovely, I tell ya’. When she finished the race, she had a big smile on her face. You could barely tell she’d been running. So get out there and get running, Katie. You can do it! Just stretch and hydrate. I hope you and your sister have a blast. Just promise to share photos and commentary on your new blog so we can see how you did!

  4. Big Sis

    Congratulations to baby girl!!!! Wow, I’m impressed!! YOU GO GIRL!!!

  5. Good for your Baby! I love to walk, but I hate to run. I could walk a 10K, but I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t run it. Let alone run it while texting my progress! But I run only when being chased.

    • I’m not sure I could walk a 10K without being crippled for weeks. My arthritic hips would be killing me. I love that you only run when chased. With 4 boys, I’m thinking that’s often, so maybe you COULD run a 10K. Personally, I’d only run if I was being chased by blubber-craving zombies or if someone had a T-bone taped to the back of their truck.

  6. Kat

    Congratulations to her – that is SUCH a big accomplishment. And I’m sure that crossing the finish line felt absolutely amazing. She is a rockstar :)

    • Thanks, Kat. I’m pretty sure she let out a big “YES!” when she crossed that line. Several bystanders started laughing. She’s a fun kid, and she seemed to really enjoy this race. I’m so impressed with her. And very proud.

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