Saturday, February 25, 2012

ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run

Today I ran in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10K. This race takes place in downtown Houston and it's before the Rodeo Parade which kicks off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I had so much fun! it was my first time ever to run a 10K and my first time ever running more than 6 miles. I will say I need to train more for these events, the last time I ran anything more than 3 miles was back in 2011. I hope I'm not sore and hurting next week.

I got there at 9:00 AM and the place was already crowded. I've never seen so many people in one race. There was no place to even walk once I got to the starting line. I had to wait 10 minutes with people all around me, here is a picture of the start line:

People all around me, it was surreal:

Another view from the Start line:

Once the race started it wasn't so bad, I actually ran the first 4 miles without bumping in to anyone. I did have to avoid and go around some people but it was easy to run for the most part. This is the only picture I have during the race, it was taken around mile 5 before going up a hill:

I managed to take another picture as I crossed the finish line, it was such a relief to see this sign:

This is the scene after the finish line, everyone just waits around and talks about their run. They also give away a lot of free stuff. I ran behind this group of girls for most of the time:

I ran the 10k in 1 hour and 8 minutes, below are my official stats from the event. I don't think I did that bad considering it was my first time to run a 10K and my lack of training for this event:

There you have it, a recap of ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run and my first 10K. Will I do it again next year? I think so, I had a lot of fun and it made me enjoy running again. One thing I noticed during the run is way more women than men participate in these events, I think the ratio was five ladies for every guy. After the run I headed over the the Flying Saucer and had a couple of cold beers:

Ahhh, life was good today. I hope everyone had a great weekend!



  1. My family was there as spectators. It really was an unreal number of runners! Fun to people-watch, though.

  2. awesome.....I don't think I could ever run anything like that. I would end up walking most of the way.

    When I was a kid I was always walking in the 10 mile crop walk.

  3. Kevin, you can do it!! start with a 5K and slowly build up.


  4. Congratulations on your run. How exciting that you got to be a part of such an event.

  5. the #1 reason i loathe this race is the start time! good time for no training for you though!

  6. Great recap and love the pictures.
    Congratulations! It really is quite an accomplishment.

    YAY! Cheering for you! :)