Austin for Runners
April 17 2019 // Austin, TX
Food & Fun
You know how you go to a town and type into the Eugoogly “best ***** in Austin”, thinking you are going to hit the jackpot and walk into all the local gems? We’ve all done it. Don’t act like you haven’t. Then reality quickly sets in when you find yourself at a chain restaurant that serves it’s sides in a plastic container dished out a week ago, patiently waiting in a fridge for some poor tourist to consume.
Yeah, Google is great, but people are better when it comes to this shit. Cate’s first recommendation for Austin is from Thrillest, the hipster haven for actually cool shit, and they’ve got Austin covered with their Actually Cool Things to Do in ATX When Someone Visits. This isn’t runner specific, but covers the basics for everyone.
Cate then personally recommends a swim at Barton Springs which she states, and I quote, “DO NOT SKIP THIS”. Hitting up barbecue at Salt Lick even though it’s a bit of a drive, and bars on Rainey St for a night out on the town. Yes, runners do in fact drink. Sometimes a lot. Sometimes too much. Guilty as charged.
Sasha has a little more detail to offer, and Sasha travels. A lot. I definitely would listen to her recomendations:
- BBQ – when in Texas eat all the BBQ. I went to Rudy’s with Chris McClung (Rogue Running) and really liked it. It’s his favourite and says it’s better than I think it’s called Franklins or something like that. Either way it was deelish. I also had BBQ at the Mean Eyed Cat on 5th street.
- Mellow Johnny’s – which is Lance Armstrong’s bike shop and so worth seeing, also has amazing coffee.
- Better Half Coffee – not only great coffee but the biscuits are out of this world good! I had all of them, the fried chicken biscuit is tied with the ham one.
So far, the group run schedule I’ve compiled thanks to Cate and Sasha looks like this:
Raw Running is a local Under Armour backed run group that meets Tuesday night for a “HAF” workout, and Friday for a “EAF” casual run. HAF = Beers after, EAF = Tacos after. I thoroughly endorse both.
The Loop Running Supply Co group run goes Thursday night. They are a local run shop, and recently helped Take The Bridge lay down another incredible unsanctioned race in the streets, of Austin obviously. My point is, The Loop are good people. Check them out.
Rogue Running is who Cate trains with, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Rogue…from a lot of varying sources. Sasha doubles down stating that “Rogue Running is the most amazing group of runners. Think Mile2Marathon on steroids, but in a good way. I cannot say enough about how awesome [Chris McClung] is.” I think my point is made. Now, I don’t know if they do public group runs, but Cate says they have a big Saturday long run…perhaps reaching out might be necessary.
When running on your own, Cate is a fan of Town Lake AKA Lady Bird lake which is “a 10 mile hike and bike trail”. Sasha too recommends Lady Bird and “also Zilker park, which is just off the river I highly recommend.”