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!

HS

7 comments:

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

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  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.

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

    HS

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

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

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

    YAY! Cheering for you! :)

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