It all started with an idea, to run 30 miles on my 30th birthday, turns out it's 30 miles from my favorite taco place near home to the Houston location and at the same time I could link up the two Houston Luke's Locker stores... and a third Torchy's Taco location! Also turns out I have a friend that loves running and taco's just as much as me, once Matt joined the party the Torchy's Ultra was official. We started super early in hot and humid conditions to avoid extremely hot and humid conditions and here is how it all went down....
Start: Torchy's Taco Cinco Ranch
Mile 0.25: Luke's Locker Cinco Ranch
Mile 2.5: We hit the bayou trails that led us into George Bush Park.
Mile 5: Boardwalk over the bayou in Bush Park
"I went to the danger zone..." then while I was singing this in my head we got lost and added 1/2 mile to the route.
Found the Noble Road Trail head, Melinda promised there would be a sign, more beautiful trail running through the park.
Until this happened.
Yep, he'll hold this pose all day...
Turns out while I was taking pictures of that little guy, I was standing next to a few of his buddies.. there are three venomous snakes in this photo that we know of...
Matt nearly dropped out at mile 9 with the snakes but it got much better.
After a short section of road we were into Terry Hershey Park and since it was my birthday I decided on more single track trails, yes, this has all been Houston so far.
Mile 16: Let the pavement begin
Mile 17: Facetime with the birthday girl (yep, same birthday!), big two years today! She was up early and jumping on her new trampoline.
Birthday breakfast with Mom and Charlie
Mile 21: Welcome to Houston
Marathon! Starting to get hot!
Mile 27: Luke's Locker Houston, water and AC!
Matt enjoying a great aid station..
Boo Taco Bell!
Yay Torchy's Taco Sheppard!
WE MADE IT! A little longer, turned out to be right on 50km and the birthday girl was there to meet us. Thanks to wives and daughters for driving in to pick us up.
Lil Nookies birthday cake!
I'm not sure who these guys are...
This is how my friends show up for a birthday party, business on top, shorty shorts on bottom.
Oh, and the lingerie bag... contained a Torchy's gift card, thanks HATR's!