Last weekend we stayed down on the riverwalk and visited the missions, some parks, and did other random touristy things. (By the way, if you've got kids, did you know that if you join the safari club at Rainforest Cafe you can skip the hour wait on weekend nights!?) That meant that I got to do a 5 mile run in a new city! Before I left home I mapped out a route from the hotel, around Hemisphere Park, and out and back on streets with bike lanes. Given that I was running at dawn on a Saturday, this let me run on relatively soft asphalt most of the time, only jumping onto the concrete sidewalks when the rare car or truck came down the street.
I was a bit surprised to cross paths with 3 or 4 other runners that morning, and the locals all flashed the peace sign and a smile, which is a nice change from the half-hearted half-wave you get in my neighborhood from the dog walkers if they're not too busy texting to notice you going the other way. On the loop back to the hotel I saw a huge dude in blue and white coming back from a morning run going in the back entrance of the Hyatt. Then I came around the front of the building and saw a line of people on the sidewalk waiting to get footballs and posters autographed and remembered that the Dallas Cowboys training camp was in town at the same time... coincidence? I think not!