Austin, TX 5/21-5/24

My first time visiting The Lone Star State did not disappoint. My best friend, Nikki, and I decided to take a fun trip to Austin, TX for a long Memorial Day weekend. We left Chicago Wednesday morning and flew back Sunday afternoon, which gave us Monday, Memorial Day, to recover. It was perfect.

Our goal was to explore the city as much as we could and really get a sense on how it would be like to live there. We didn’t have a big agenda and there was absolutely no museum site-seeing. Although I had to take a break from biking and swimming, I still ran every day and attended a couple awesome yoga classes on top of the mass amounts of walking we did. Still, I was missing my daily training routine! (Slightly obsessed? – Yes).

Here’s how our trip played out in pictures…

Immediately after getting off the plane, we booked it to Barton Springs Pool and enjoyed a lazy, sunny afternoon.

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Barton Springs Pool is made up of natural water, which is pretty cool! The temperature was refreshing and I managed to get in about 5 minutes of swimming until vacation mode got the best of me.

Of course we explored Austin through our taste buds. I did my best to eat healthy while traveling and since my body craves fruits and veggies it wasn’t hard, but I did sneak in some extra ice cream!

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Food trucks everywhere! We snagged a cold pressed juice! It was amazing and filled with tons of my green friends.

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Yummy kale salad (Second Bar + Kitchen)

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Had to have the BBQ (Iron Works BBQ)

Runs by the Capital were frequent…

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As well as along Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake)

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I could get used to this being a regular running spot. Running around Austin had to be one of my highlights. Austin has such a fit community with lots of triathletes and I loved seeing so many people running and cycling.

Now don’t forget about the post workout fuel…

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Juan Pelota Cafe / Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (Co-owned by Lance Armstrong) – I picked up some gear too (had to)

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Magnolia Cafe – so good with many healthy options, they had so much I wanted to try! Because I needed to refuel from our long run and fill up for a day of boating I went with whole wheat pancakes with strawberries, one egg, two sausage patties, and a glass of grapefruit juice!

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Acai bowl after a hot yoga class at Wunderlust Austin

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We made multiple trips to the Whole Foods Headquarters

On Thursday we visited Nikki’s Uncle, Aunt, and cousin who live right by Lake Travis (30 min drive from Downtown) and they treated us to a day of boating.

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Here is an awesome view of the lake by their house…

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On Friday we had tickets to Red Fest where we saw Justin Moore and Lynyrd Skynyrd perform!

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Simple Man, Sweet Home Alabama, and Free Bird were all performed!

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They had the Zipper…epic…

On Saturday we finally got to SUP! I have found a new passion.

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We worked up an appetite after an hour on the lake and decided to try Torchy’s Tacos from a recommendation from a friend.

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Um, yum. I ordered the Fried Avocado and Mr. Orange (salmon). BEST TACOS I HAVE EVER HAD. If in Austin, please go, you will not be disappointed.

For our last night we decided to get dressed up and go to Perla’s on South Congress.

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Perla’s is a seafood and oyster bar. I ordered the Crispy Texas Gulf Snapper with lemon spinach and spicy sofrito and a side of wood grilled brussel sprouts. Yum. It hit the spot.

Afterwards we walked across the street and grabbed dessert at Amy’s Ice Cream. I am all about the chocolate so I ordered a brownie chocolate ice cream thing, thinking I would get a normal portion, but oh no…I was in for chocolate overload.

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A warm brownie covered the bottom, topped with their most chocolatiest ice cream, then covered in warm chocolate sauce. Yes, it tasted like heaven. Good thing I ran, paddle boarded, and walked a million miles that day.

Plan was to walk down to Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bats…

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The bats had a different plan however and didn’t want to come out. Oh well, to Rainey Street we went.

On our last morning we ran 2 miles to Blue Honey Yoga and had an awesome yoga class with Anne. She blended tons of strength exercises with deep stretches. We then ended our trip with a quick walk around The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Lunch was had at Fricano’s Deli where I had the best veggie sandwich. I highly encourage you to try this place out as well.

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We were sad to go and I hope to return soon. But after much needed rest on Monday, I jumped back into my normal training last Tuesday!

Here is a few more pictures…

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I have fallen in love with Austin…

 

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