Welcome to the second week of February!
I was looking at marathonguide.com (as I do most days—just kidding, kind of) and noticed that the Austin marathon is this weekend. I want to run the race as soon as I can, because I really love that Texas city!
It would be a fantastic destination race, a perfect time of year to escape the Boston winter. My girlfriends and I went to Austin a couple of years ago and had such a fabulous time! I know that there are plenty of recommendations out there for Austin, but here are some personal highlights:
- 6th street for bars, restaurants, and music! Check out some off the beaten path areas for food trucks!
- Lake Austin (a water reservoir along the Colorado River) for paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking for the day. This lake is conveniently located to downtown, so it can be done easily in half a day or less!
- Barton Springs- largest natural swimming pool and popular hangout. Cool, beautiful water that will be welcomed during Austin’s hotter months.
- Oasis Restaurant- beautiful views that overlook Lake Travis
- The Salt Lick, Franklins, Rudy’s for BBQ.
- Random, but the downtown Whole Foods is pretty fun to check out. We grabbed lunch (this took forever as there were so many salad bars and prepared foods to choose from!) and brought it to the nearby park near Lake Austin. There’s a massive beer closet which is cool to check out.
Best BBQ & Food trucks!
Lastly, one of our favorite excursions was Gruene, a little town in the New Braunfels area. The town lies southwest of Austin in between Austin and San Antonio (I’ve been thinking about running the Rock N Roll Marathon in San Antonio too!). Gruene has an adorable little downtown with a dance hall built which is one of the oldest in Texas, built in1878. Many famous country musicians have played at this dance hall over the years! Gruene is also located close to the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers, which are super fun for whitewater rafting or just plain tubing.
Memories of this trip are certainly warming my soul! Check out Austin if you haven’t already!
Unlike Austin, Boston experienced another snow storm yesterday, and we now have 6 more inches of fresh snow. Looks like I’ll be running on the treadmill this first taper week! I am hoping that the roads are clear for my long run this weekend of 16 miles. After that, two weeks to go! I am really looking forward to running this Phoenix race—it has been a great winter overall for running until last week so I have been lucky!
Boston was cold & snowy yesterday!
I ended up running 13 miles on Sunday morning, in essence split up my long run over two days. Not ideal, but not every run can be perfect- and as Tom Foreman would say, I will embrace these runs not as “bad”, but “different”. This split was not a full-on replacement for my long run, but given the weather limitations and my schedule, it was all that I was able to fit in.
Following the run, we celebrated my grandmother’s 94th birthday. My big family squeezed into my place, and we enjoyed a decadent chocolate cake! I love my family!
Cake & candid camera!
And to top off the weekend, I watched the Super Bowl with some friends and had some delicious home-cooked chili. Hope the rest of your weekend went well!
What’s in store for the week?
Anyone travel anywhere interesting? Recommendations for this girl with a wanderlust gene?
Destination race recommendations? Have you run in Texas?
Chocolate or vanilla cake?