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A Casual Runner Goes to Texas

Running in the USA: Dallas, Texas

This is the latest installment in Jennifer’s series of adventures and explorations while training on her travels. You can also check out some other Casual Running adventures from the road, including Jennifer’s run through Central Park during her trip to New York City, her picturesque runs in Key West, Florida, Jennifer’s fun runs across the pond in Huntingdon and London, United Kingdom, and COMING SOON! even more of Jennifer’s training runs around the world.

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The skyline around the lake.

In April 2015, I had reason to travel to Dallas, TX, for work.  Well, technically, Irving…which is right outside of Dallas (though I did go to dinner in an artsy community in Dallas, so that counts, right?).

The area near my hotel (the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas) seemed to be mostly tall high-rises for businesses and hotels and condos, but there was a really cute pedestrian walk along a canal just below street level that connected to a manmade lake.

I had Google Mapped the area before arriving and thought I had a running route planned out.  But it turned out that the hotel concierge was a runner and he gave me a better route with an awesome surprise at the end.  Of course I was going to follow his advice.

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Las Colinas canal.

My first meeting started at about 8 AM and I had to check out of my room before heading to it, so I got up really early to run.  It was still completely dark, but the path the concierge suggested was lit so I wasn’t worried.  The one thing he did fail to warn me about was that the hotel sprinklers would be on at that time of the morning…yup, my shoes were soaked before I even started my run.

I crossed under the road and followed the canal past shops and pubs.  (There was a great-looking wine bar that I wish I’d found the night before.)  I crossed over the canal at the recommended spot so I could easily connect to the path around the lake, and followed around the calm waters for a mile or two.

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Every song about wild horses started running through my head at this moment.

As I crossed under a major road intersection, I remembered that the concierge said I could either cross the road and come back down to the lake to complete the loop, or I could stay on the road which would take me through a plaza that was his favorite place to run.  With a recommendation like that, how could I not investigate the plaza?

My path took me through Williams Square, the location of a sculpture called “The Mustangs of Las Colinas”—nine massive bronze sculptures of wild horses running through a granite creek bed with a fountain and stream.

Unexpected Magic. It was still dark when I passed through, but the lighting created shadows that almost mimicked movement.  Gorgeous!  It felt like I was running with a pack of wild horses!  I could see why this was his favorite running path.

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Thanks for the run, Mr. Hotel Concierge!

I had to eventually return to the hotel and get ready for my day.  I didn’t expect to have such a good run in Texas, but thanks to the concierge it was a great start to my morning. This just goes to show: when running while travelling, always listen to the locals!

You can also check out some other Casual Running adventures from the road, including Jennifer’s run through Central Park during her trip to New York City, her picturesque runs in Key West, Florida, Jennifer’s fun runs across the pond in Huntingdon and London, United Kingdom, Mike’s trip to Hilton Head Island, and COMING SOON! even more of Jennifer’s training runs around the world.

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