"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Running the Riverwalk

UPDATE: Significant Upgrade to Route!  On my final morning in SA, I ventured along the riverwalk and took the "path less traveled".  The branch that goes out of downtown and towards King William.  An incredible find.  Out past HEB headquarters along more of a park like route with wide paths, it went on for several miles. The only reason to turnaround was that construction was ongoing to extend the route even farther!  I also discovered on the North end that once past the museums, you can hop up to street level for a few blocks and then hit more paths heading to the zoo.  So the initial post is still pretty much right on, but I think this run is more easily taken throughout the day and now becomes less of a tourist only route to more of a regular schedule run if you live in, or near, the San Antonio area.  I'll soon have these routes posted on a new page.  The one above resulted in 7+ miles.

ORIGINAL POST: Runner's World magazine has a regular feature that they call 'Rave Run'.  A full page photo of some scenic / extreme route from around the world that is intended to inspire and inform the reader.  Today, I'm including my version of Rave Runs, a brief overview of some of my favorite routes along the way.  Maybe I'll call them "Travel Trails?" Anyway, first up,  the San Antonio Riverwalk.  Thanks to a rare business trip to SA, I've had the opportunity to take a couple of runs along the Paseo de Rio this week!

A couple of tips for running the riverwalk:  1) This is not a route to take at anytime other than sunrise.  The walk is too narrow and typically very busy throughout the day.  If you do want to get out for a mid-day run, you are better off starting about half-way out (Holiday Inn at St Mary's and Commerce) and head toward the museum extension.  It's possible to get a couple of miles each way without too much traffic.  2) Take advantage of the numerous crossover bridges and staircases.  It breaks up the run with a little step work.  3) This is not a speed workout.  Enjoy the view and get in a mid-distance, slow run. You will not regret it. 

Steps to take up, over and down in run
The great thing about running is that the shoes and gear easily slip into your luggage and are available to you wherever you travel.  It's a great way to see the sights and it sometimes helps me to keep a few of those travel pounds off.  The San Antonio Riverwalk might not be the greatest run you've ever had, but you will definitely get in a really fun 4-6 miles.   
Click on map to enlarge
(max elevation 655’ - min elevation 629’ : Gain of 35’, super flat!)

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