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Training Day- or how about training for 79 days?

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We have a tradition in the Botting household- Every year we train for the Texas Round Up hosted in Austin, TX.  This year the race will be held on April 25th.  Families from across the state come to compete in a 5k and 10k race.  The program started in 2004 to promote wellness and healthier living for Texans.  We are one of the largest states in the US but statistically one of the most under insured.  It just makes good sense to make an effort to promote fitness.

Awards are given for the fittest Texan, fittest kid, and fittest family.  Handicapped and wheel chair participants are also welcome to join in the event.  The race takes you through the downtown area of Austin and the weather usually cooperates.  The race ends at the state Capitol.

This is how WE do it- register on line for the race and book a room in Austin near downtown.  We start training at least 60 days in advance by walking the track every night until we can reach a 10k momentum.  (We also use swim training to help build strength and endurance).  We show up at the booths early on race day because we stayed close by.  We have four walkie talkies- one for me, one Tony, one for Amanda and one for Loren.  There is usually a massive crowd and it is easy to lose track of your loved ones.  (Cell phones get too sweaty).  Amanda will outrun us all!  The rest of us walk at a steady pace.  As a family we are not concerned with coming in first or any particular placement in the race.  Participating in the event and finishing the trek is what we shoot for.

If you live in Texas I would love to see you there.  For those who do not live in Texas I would encourage you to enter a similar program with your family or by yourself.  You will not regret it, I promise!


PS.  Come on now!  Don't make me go Denzel on you!

JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Sounds like a great family event, best of luck to you and yours.

Feb 05, 2009 02:38 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Melody-What a great family event together and it promote healthy living. Can't get any better than that. Have a super time and fun training. :-)

Feb 05, 2009 02:41 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


Good for you, keep us posted as to how it is going.  April should be pretty good weather wise.

Feb 05, 2009 02:49 AM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Hi Melody-That is awesome. Hope you are doing well. I'll be there in spirit cheering you ON to victory. HAVE FUN!

Feb 05, 2009 03:28 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A very worthwhile family goal...Anything that involves the whole family is a good thing!  Good luck on you race!

Feb 05, 2009 04:02 AM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Mel - This is a very cool family activity and an even better cause.  Wishing you the best.

Feb 05, 2009 04:12 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Best of luck Mel!  I talked to Gina today, can't wait to meet her, wish you were coming with!  KM

Feb 05, 2009 11:11 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

This looks fun!  I wish I could join you!

Feb 05, 2009 11:14 AM
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Sounds like a great family project Mel.  Good luck to you.  I like your goal being to finish not necessarily first.  You will win no matter how you place. 

Feb 05, 2009 10:59 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate


Just because the weather is bad doesn't mean it's a good excuse not to do some sort of exercise...it's always good to do something so you can improvise in almost any surroundings....I try to get in at least 3-4 times week of some kind of fitness just to keep my mind straight. good luck with the race.

Feb 05, 2009 11:37 PM
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Go Mel, Fittest family, now that's a sporting title for you!!

Feb 06, 2009 09:51 AM
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC


I\'m Coming, I\'m Coming-I will beat you to the finish line


 Mel-What a great family event. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Feb 06, 2009 02:06 PM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Sounds like fun and hopefully it will not be too hot! I think I might run in that one too. Email or call me before you come down and we can have coffee or an informal AR gathering!

Feb 08, 2009 12:32 AM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Mel - what an awesome idea. And it is even more awesome that you participate as a family.

Feb 10, 2009 06:10 AM