May 28, 2011
This holiday weekend, we were visiting my sister in Austin. By the time we got there, it was lunch time and everyone was starving; so we headed to Chuy’s for lunch. Chuy’s is a great Mexican food place that has great salads; so I’m thinking, I can be good.
Well, I could have been good. But they have the fantastic Texas martini’s which is basically a 16 ounce top shelf margarita with pepper infused tequila. It was delicious and it set me back about 500 calories. No problem. They also had a 45 minute wait. Forty five minutes to wait AND a grumbling tummy AND tequila is not a good combination. Especially when you have tortilla chips and jalapeno ranch at the table. I did get my salad, but not before I consumed another 400 calories worth of chips and dips, I’m sure.
My calf was feeling better, so since I had 5 calories for the remainder of the day, I figured I better get some exercise. I let the martini and the food digest, and I took off for a run.
Now, my sister lives in Austin on the top of a hill. But the route I picked out was relatively flat, or so I thought. Off I go in the heat to make up for my lack-of-willpower lunch. I ran down the main road and around the park. Once I got to the park, the elevation was a downgrade slope, so rather than keeping m pace like I normally do, I thought I would try to take advantage of it; so I sped up. Once I got to the other side of the park, however, it was an upward slope. Regardless of how minimal it seemed when I drove it, it seemed substantial when I was running it. I am such a wimp when it comes to elevation. So the trip back was a little rougher. My pace was somewhat slower than normal and I kept thinking, “I’m almost there!” I know that you have to pass a street called China Garden twice before turning on it to get back to my sisters. So the first time I see China Garden, I think of how I’m almost there. Then the second China Garden came along. But when I went to turn onto it, it was a cul-de-sac. How many times have I been to my sisters and never noticed there were THREE China Gardens to pass??! I had two more blocks to go!! Curse you China Garden!!
So I keep going and finally turn on to the correct China Garden. I looked down at the Garmin, and I was at 1.9 miles as I got to my sister’s street. So I passed it till I got to 1.95 and then turned around so when I made it back to her house, I would be at a perfect two miles.
When I downloaded the run data, the elevation change was a little over 50 feet. Not bad and definitely not a steep grade, but the little changes made a big difference. I could feel it.
Now I’m thinking about this hike tomorrow. I know I don’t have to do it. I know I don’t want to do it. Fifty feet is nothing compared to eight hundred! I would rather go sit in a Chinese Garden.