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My Austin Running Buddy

by Meghann on March 9, 2012

Good Morning!

I tend to get a little giddy whenever I meet fellow runners during my travels. There’s something about running that just bonds people and there’s no better way to get to know a person (or city!) than running with them. So when Meg told me she was running between 5:00 and 6:00 this morning, I immediately jumped at the chance to join her. Never mind the fact that my team didn’t make it back to the hotel room until close to 11:00 last night – or that our hotel is 20 minutes from downtown – I wanted to run!

And this is why I love running buddies. Without Meg there’s no way I would have made the drive downtown to run. I probably would have stuck with the treadmill in the hotel gym and totally missed out on seeing all Austin had to offer in the early morning light.

I’m not going to lie, when my alarm went off at 5:00 this morning, it wasn’t pretty. I barely had 5 hours of sleep and the thought of driving across town to run in the cold and rain wasn’t a positive one. Still, I knew Meg was waiting on me. I got up, got dressed, and got my butt out the door.

And I’m so glad I did!

We had a killer 6 mile run through UT campus, around the capitol, and up and down the hills of downtown. Plus, I had a chance to really get to know Meg (who is originally from Jacksonville – but went to school in Tampa – and no lives in DC).

It did start to rain on us about halfway through our run, but we survived.


We finished our run at a coffee shop and I warmed up with a cappuccino (it was a little cold out for this Florida girl).


Meg and I said our goodbyes and I headed back to my hotel all the way across town. (p.s. the roads here are CRAZY)

Our teamed had picked up some breakfast supplies last night so we wouldn’t have to worry about food in the morning.


I made a cereal bowl with the Kashi Go Lean Crisp, an apple, plain yogurt, and a packet of Barney Butter from my snack bag stash.


After three days of ‘road food,’ I’m excited to get out and see what Austin has to offer. I know this town is FAMOUS for their foodie scene and I definitely travel to eat.

Any suggestions on where to eat in this town? ;)

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