My son, husband, and I flew to Austin, Texas on Monday to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s parents and family. The entire week was wonderful – lots of time to relax, eat delicious Mexican food, and spend valuable time with my in-laws and extended family.
One of the best parts of the whole trip was that my husband and I were able to sneak away for a beautiful 8-mile Thanksgiving Day run. I can’t remember the last time we were able to run together (sans baby!). Most mornings I run before my son wakes up and we alternate running and watching our son on the weekends.
We were in Smithville, Texas, a small, rural town about an hour from Austin, and the site of numerous well known movies, including Hope Floats and The Tree of Life. I wasn’t sure what the road conditions and traffic would be like – but hoped that it would allow me to go on a couple of runs during our 3 day stay.
It could not have been more perfect. The homes in the area were all situated on large plots of land – ranging from 54 acres (where we stayed) to over 300 acres – which helped keep the vehicle traffic to a minimum as the homes were few and far between. The roads surrounding the home were a mix between gravel and pavement with light patches of grass along the edges (perfect for running). The weather was amazing all week – sunny, mild temperatures, and minimal wind.
|Miles of empty road to run!|