We flew to Austin, Texas for the 3M Half Marathon weekend. It’s known as one of the “fastest” half marathon courses due to its route being mostly downhill. This was my second time in Austin (link to 1st trip here) so I got to eat more food and see more murals.
This was in our goodie bag along with our bibs (minus the waffles & bloks – I bought those from the expo!)
I couldn’t bring the scissors home since I only had a carry-on. The expo was sufficient, with lots of vendors and Nuun was there with samples of the flavors that were going to be on the course.
Since we were there for the weekend, we made the most of it by eating and walking around town.
South Congress Cafe for brunch
Gourdough’s for their big fat donuts
Austin downtown is for the most part walkable, but of course it’s better to have a car.
Veracruz for the most amazing tacos EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
I got the fish, shrimp, and barbacoa. All of them were AMAZING but the fish really stood out to me. Seriously, as soon as it hit my mouth I knew — THAT’S THE STUFF
Wonder Bar — an interactive bar filled with colorful rooms and instagrammable props everywhere… you can ride a unicorn, drink from a disco ball, etc.
And repeat the next morning:
Snooze, an AM Eatery – This is the pancake flight in which you can choose 3 different pancakes. We chose sweet potato, cherry jubilee, and blueberry danish. I’m usually not a sweets person (I’d rather have savory), but these were really good!
Gotta carb up with ramen right? Ramen Tatsu-Ya, pretty good ramen spot in Austin. We waited about 45 minutes to get in…
I can see why there was a long wait! It was just as good as some of the famous ramen spots in NYC.
Finally, to the race…
The start of the race was FREEZING – in the 30s! Our Uber was only able to stop at a Dave & Buster’s parking lot and then we walked the rest of the way to the start line. It was cold until maybe halfway through. I can see why they call it the fastest half marathon, there were lots of downhills and not too bad of a climb!
There were enough water and Nuun stations just about at every mile and the crowds were awesome.
After the race, we went to pick up our pre-orders from Franklin BBQ:
Skipped the line… to get 5 lbs of meat:
We only had to wait 5 minutes for them to freshly slice & wrap up our brisket, ribs, and sausages. Pre-order highly recommended! I gotta say though, La Barbecue still has my heart…
No time for food coma, must get coffee now from Summer Moon. They make their own “moon milk” — whatever it is, it’s amazing.
Until next time!