Good Morning Austin

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

The temperature cooled
considerably for this morning’s run. I departed this morning at 5:00 a.m. in complete darkness and the temperature was 78 degrees. It’s exhilarating to run in complete darkness on a foreign course. As I departed the Omni Austin I had to weave through the homeless that appeared to be resting comfortably on the concrete sidewalks surrounding the hotel; the scent of despair and a night of excess hung heavily in the air.

It was so nice to enter the trail surrounding Town Lake. I was surprised by the number of runners I encountered at such an early hour. The footing was tenuous so I reduced my pace until I began to feel comfortable. Afer a few miles I felt far more comfortable and set the cruise control at 7:30 pace. I tuned on my iPod and ran effortlessly to the sound of Sweet Home Alabama.

The miles seemed to fly by and I soon had 10 miles in the bank as the Austin skyline appeared through the trees. The dome of the State Capital was illuminated in the distance and provided assurance that I was heading in the right direction and the conclusion of my run was nearing.

After struggling through my last run, I truly appreciated the quality of this morning’s run. Running makes me feel so alive and appreciative for all the abundance in my life. I worked at TCU in Fort Worth yesterday and today I’ll be at the University of Texas. I’m looking forward to returning to New England tomorrow evening!

  1. Mark Duffield says:

    Sounds like a great run, Rick. I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, and when I do, I’ll sure to check out this route.

  2. Katie says:

    I had the pleasure of visiting UT last month and running there as well. Great city. Hopefully you got to visit Lance’s bike shop too!

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