What’s your recent #bestrun?
April 8, 2013 by MissZippy 59 Comments

bestrungraphic 300×150 Whats your recent #bestrun?As I mentioned on Friday, I had a recent #bestrun in Austin–how could I not? All my runs there were in shorts, they were scenic, and they were a great way to see sights I might otherwise miss. Before even making the trip, I knew that at least one run around Town Lake (now officially Lady Bird Lake) was in order. I’d read/heard about the path around Town Lake for ages and I couldn’t wait to try it out.
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Loved this path at Town Lake

The path at Town Lake makes one big 10-mile loop around the lake, but there are also bridges that cross at various points, making it easy for shorter options. My first run there was a bit of a mess: I set out for 10 miles, not realizing how close I was to the path. I ran a long way on the roads trying to find access to it. Then I got all turned around at one end thanks to construction that required several detours on the road. The second run, though, was fantastic.

I figured out that we were staying a mere mile from the path and so headed out for an easy six. I hopped onto the trail–which is a wide, dirt path that winds all around the lake–on a shaded, scenic end of the lake. Everything about this run was great. There were plenty of other runners out there for company, but I also had my own quiet peace as I headed on around the lake. I had done my hard work and long run earlier in the week, so this was just an easy recovery run and my legs felt great. After three miles, I turned around and headed back, sorry to end it.

I love running on vacation and always do it–some of my best runs have been on trips. Running in Austin and at Town Lake in particular, lived up to my expectations and that’s why I’m giving it the status of my most recent #bestrun. What’s been yours? Link up below and let us all know!

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1. Kristin @ A Mom on the Run

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3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

4. Fancy Nancy

5. Kovas – Midwest Multisport Life

6. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness

7. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

8. MCM Mama

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10. Laura @ Mommy run fast

11. Kat @ Sneakers & Fingerpaints

12. Christina

13. Sarah @ Mom Running on Empty

14. Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem

15. Carrie @ FamilyFitnessFood

16. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

17. Felice @ The Happy Runner

18. Shannon @ Mon Amour

19. Pavement Runner

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22. Ashley @ Running Bun

23. Patty @ Reach Your Peak

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25. Darlene

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27. Angie @ A Mother’s Pace

28. Sherry @ Run To The Mountains

29. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution

30. Ashley @Ashley_Ochoa

31. Arah Bahn

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33. Smitha @Fauxrunner

34. Jen @ Running With The Girls

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36. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

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Holly KN says:
April 8, 2013 at 4:53 am

Not to be a stickler here, but how recent is “recent”? 😉
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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says:
April 8, 2013 at 4:55 am

Sounds like a really great run! I’m with you – some of my best runs have been while on vacation as well. I don’t know if it’s the excitement of exploring a new place or just the novelty of being someplace new but there’s always some magic that happens.
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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:
April 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

Running on vacation definitely makes for a good run. You get to see the area in a different perspective. Plus, you’re on vacation so you feel light and free!

Thanks for the link up!
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Fancy Nancy says:
April 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

I would love to take a running vacation! I would say that when I visit my family I am able to sneak away and run some places I did when I was younger! Love it!
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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says:
April 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

i’ve had some of my best runs on vacation as well. especially when i was in hawaii last summer.
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Kovas – Midwest Multisport Life says:
April 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

First trail run of spring! Only in the 50s, but not hat, gloves, or long pants made me happy.
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AmyC says:
April 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

Running in shorts and beautiful views sounds awesome! I didn’t do an official #bestrun post today, but my husband and I had an awesome training run on Saturday!!
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Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem says:
April 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

Glad you were able to find the trail and get in a good run on vacation! Looks like a pretty place to run.
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JIll @ Fitness, Health and Happiness says:
April 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

Chad and I love running on vacation. New routes and so much to see! It’s a nice change of pace (no pun intended) from running at home.
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MCM Mama says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love to run on vacation. Of course, I can’t remember the last time my vacation didn’t involve a race LOL.
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Miz says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

Id run there with you any time.
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Darlene says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

My last 2 best runs also have been on my last 2 vacations. Both in Florida.
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Coco says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

I love running in new places — I think the change of scenery and lack of expectations helps me really just enjoy the run!
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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

I always love running on vacation, too… it’s so nice to have a change of scenery… once you figure out where the paths are. 🙂 Thanks for hosting the link up!
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Kat says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

I SO wanted to run there, but ended up just walking on it before the race – listening to advise 😉 It’s such a nice trail and I wish we had more of those around here. Linked up!
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Christina says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

How lucky you had such a great path near where you were staying! Thanks for doing the “best run” link up, I added mine in! 🙂
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Debbie @ Live from La Quinta says:
April 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

Running on vacation is great. My best run was also while I was away, visiting the San Diego area for Easter.
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Kim says:
April 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Running on vacation (and in Texas) – sounds like a best run for sure!!!
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Abby @ Change of Pace says:
April 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I love this theme!
Your run sounds awesome, and now I wish I had a nice running path like that here!
Unfortunately I haven’t had a #bestrun lately so have to skip out. Next time!
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[email protected] Fit Running Mama says:
April 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I love this! I had had a PR this weekend in a 1/2 marathon and it was awesome– it was my hardest race but my fastest!
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Carrie @ says:
April 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I run for pretty scenery – I did run while in Europe two summers ago and that was so amazing. Great ide for a link up – thank you!
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Heather (Where’s the Beach) says:
April 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I love running on vacation too. I think it’s such a great way to see a new city.
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Laura says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I always run on vacation…I love it and really…why not.
(except for re-packing used running clothes but whatever..)
My long run yesterday was pretty good – it was finally warm enough to warrant shorts so right now, that is ‘best’ for me. It’s been a long winter.
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Michelle @ Running with Attitude says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Sounds like a great run indeed!

No link up from me today – phone died during my long run so no pics. Looking forward to reading the others – great idea!
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Beth @ Miles and Trials says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

My best run was when I ran 26.2 miles in New York City the day the marathon was cancelled. I explored parts of the city I never would have seen, including running over the Brooklyn bridge. I finished in Central Park along with thousands of other runners. It was one of the most amazing mornings of my life.
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Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

LOOK SO SO SO GORGEOUS!! And peaceful!
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Jill says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Come out here and run some trails with me, would be a blast 🙂 .
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Felice @ The Happy Runner says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Looks like a nice trail.
I love running on vacation too! It makes sense — running is one of my favorite things to do!

I linked up!
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Robin says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Posted my best run as well 🙂 Great idea..
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Kierston @candyfit says:
April 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I’ve never ran while on vacation..perhaps this summer 🙂
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Kristen says:
April 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Sounds like a great place to run! I can’t think of a recent best run because I’m too busy feeling sorry for myself that I once again can’t run 🙁
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[email protected] Runs for Food says:
April 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thank you for doing this! I really enjoyed thinking back a few weeks ago and realizing just how important that run was for me.

I’m counting down the days until I get to run and roam around Colorado. For this flatlander, our yearly vacation to the mountains is reason for major celebration. 😀
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Jonathan Aluzas says:
April 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I consider both of the runs I’ve done this week to be my recent bests because I had to take nearly two months off to try to calm Achilles tendonitis, which has been bothering me for a year.

I’m just happy to be out there again, and hoping the pain won’t come back!
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Michele @ Nycrunningmama says:
April 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Oh man, I am so sorry that I forgot that today was the linkup =( My mind has been all over the place lately.
The first time I ran around Town Lake I couldn’t find how to get onto it either – it was quite frustrating….but after that initial slip up, it was always my fav place to run when I was staying in Austin. Regardless of how late I had been out the night before, how much alcohol had been consumed, or what was on tap for the day, my alarm was always set for early in the AM to get a run on the lake in =)
PS> Had NO idea they renamed it!
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Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:
April 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We are finally getting a taste of Spring here–got a tan this weekend! So, I’m envious of your shorts! Glad you enjoyed some beautiful weather for your miles!!
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Tasha @ Healthy Diva says:
April 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

My new favorite best run would have to be San Francisco! If I am at home it would be the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River.
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Kim says:
April 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I planned to link up today but my run this morning had me rethinking that. After reading through all of the link-ups, I just wanted to say thank you for doing this post today. I love the attitude and perspective that comes through on all of these posts!!
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Terzah says:
April 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

My 20-miler on Saturday was my best recent run. My marathon training has been mediocre–lots of illness on my part and my kids’. I’ve never done a spring marathon before because I was afraid of this factor–and sure enough it’s been tough. So going into this run I had no idea how it would go and I was dreading it. I’ve never been able to nail long progression runs, and that’s what this one was supposed to be. But….I did it. It was a perfect heart rate progression run, and the best I’ve ever felt during or after any 20-miler. I also enjoyed that I ran with some new folks from a local running meet-up for the first time–those guys got me through the middle five miles. AND we had beautiful weather, with stunning views of the snow-covered mountains in the west at the end.

I don’t know what my race will bring on April 28, but even if it’s not what I was originally hoping for, I’m more hopeful now that it won’t be a total waste of time and money.
Efo says:
April 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I love running at Town Lake when I visit my sis and BIL in Austin. I love everything about Austin (minus the summer heat!). Sounds like a great run for you, too!
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Char says:
April 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

That sounds like such a lovely run. Great weather. Good scenery. A new place to explore. Who could ask for more?!
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[email protected] says:
April 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I agree running while on vacation is the best! Your run sounds like it was epic!
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heidi says:
April 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

One of my best runs was on the NCR trail in Baltimore County, my old home town. It was so pretty, the weather was perfect and i felt like a million bucks. I live in So Cal which yes can be pretty but can also be a lot of pollution, concrete and graffiti. it gets old, it was so nice to be back home and in the woods surrounded by green. I’ll never forget it. Hope to get back to it soon.
kenley jones says:
April 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

My best run recently was just last week 1 mile warm up, middle 2 miles I jogged the corners and sprinted the straightways, and 1 mile cool down. Total average pace was great, and I feel ready for Half this weekend! Cheers.
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[email protected] says:
April 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I love running on vacation or going on vacation for running! Great post and great link up idea!
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Pavement Runner says:
April 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Looks so peaceful. I love it when the trees are huge and touch each other at the top, almost forming a tunnel. That’s the one thing I love about running on trails… how you can be outside, but enclosed in nature. Great post.
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E says:
April 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

Ahhhh! I love Austin and running Town Lake! Easy to get turned around with all the construction, too. Such a fun trail. Definitely one of my favorites. Especially because of all the dogs out and about, enjoying the lake, too.
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Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama says:
April 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

I love to run when I travel, whether it’s for business or vacation. My family took a trip to Oahu in January, and my husband and I were able to sneak away for an amazing trail run up the coast to Ka’ena Point. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and the miles just flew by!
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katie says:
April 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I love vacation runs! I always love being able to get out and explore new areas! Love your run!
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Sarah @RunFarGirl says:
April 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Since the link up is closed I’ll share my best run here:)
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