Category Archives: Keep Austin Weird

Things I do or feel like talking about around town.

Masacotes 2018

We won the championship, once again. Unfortunately I missed the final this time due to travel commitments.

Well done, team.

Cap10k 2018 Results


Another year, another Cap10k. I trained hard, and I kicked ass. Well, I kicked my own 2013, 2016, and 2017 ass. But I couldn’t kick my 2014 and 2015 ass:

I trained really hard using the RunKeeper app’s subscription only training programs which asked me to run an insane amount of miles. I ran more miles in the last few months than I had ever run in a similar time period before. And yet… it wasn’t enough to beat my own record which I thought I could and was a little disappointing.

The weather was perfect. I slept well the night before. What could have possibly slowed me down? Possible factors:

  1. I’m old
  2. I skipped my traditional pre-race porta-potty visit
  3. A week of Passover food binging and run skipping the week before the event

Alas, it was not to be.

But here are the positives:

  • A great result
  • 140th place in my category
  • Had the race been a month later, I would have been 108th in my category!


  • I won the famous Cap10K Kirsch Challenge. Take that, Fin!

Will I run again? My legs, at the moment, say no. Ask me again in a few days.

Barton Hills Farms

Two weeks ago we headed to Barton Hills Farms at the suggestion and accompanied by the Aguilars. I was skeptical: what the hell do you do in a farm in the middle of nowhere?

Turns out there’s much to do. Besides photo ops with pumpkins, which people seem to really like, they have lots of games and activities including Ilan’s favorite: little trains you can ride.

This post is a bit late: they’re closed since November 5th. Make a note for next year.

Eclipse

Due to recent life circumstances I didn’t plan to go see today’s total eclipse. I did manage to borrow sun filter, check it out and snap some iPhone photos.

Lame.

Parking lot eclipse viewing party
12:43 PM eclipse iPhone photo. Austin, TX
12:52 PM eclipse iPhone photo. This one through a window, through clouds. Taken by colleague Usama H. #nofilter
Austin, TX
1:12 PM eclipse iPhone photo. Austin, TX

2017 Cap10K results

I ran my fifth Capitol 10K this morning. Right after I crossed the finish line someone asked me: “How did you do?”. “I don’t know, haven’t checked” I replied. “But how did you feel?”…

“I felt like crap”

Which is not a bad thing, in my opinion. If I didn’t feel like crap, wouldn’t that mean that I didn’t push myself hard enough?

My results:

That’s right! I’m a year older but 6 seconds faster.

Thank you to my family, my coach, and to all my sponsors for their support.