BY FOOT [southtown, river walk + beyond]

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Let me be honest:  San Antonio has never been at the top of my list of cities I would like to visit, not even close.  I’m not sure what my mind’s eye pictured this city to be, but I was fairly certain it wasn’t for me.  That’s part of why I decided to come.  Well, that and I had some available frequent flyer miles.  And Ryan has been working so hard over the past six months to bring to life a brand new half marathon presented by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Alas, here we are.

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Last week I booked a flight to come down to San Antonio for the weekend and I am so very glad that I did.  Having run the Disney Half Marathon two weeks ago and still having a bit of residual foot pain, I didn’t think I would run this weekend’s half marathon, but decided to come anyways.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is putting on their first race, the inaugural Herothon Half Marathon, and I wanted to watch it go off.  Ryan has poured so much into this event and I wanted to be here to cheer for him, as much as for the runners.

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We had a fantastic first night in San Antonio.  It was warm and we walked to Southtown to eat at The Friendly Spot.  We sat outside at vintage picnic tables with peeling paint drinking IPAs and eating nachos and black bean burgers.  The bartenders were friendly and provided great beer recommendations.  The bar on the back of the property had only been open for four days and boasted 47 craft beers on draft.  Cyclists gathered after a ride and couples chatted over pints of beer.  I began to get the feeling that I had a very wrong perception of San Antonio.

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We’ve spent the past few days enjoying the view from our hotel room patio and walking around the city.   And, of course, within just a few hours of being here, I signed up for the half marathon.  I’m really looking forward to a nice long run around this city.

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