La Barbecue.

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This past weekend, my boyfriend and I ventured back to Austin, Texas – home to the University of Texas. Hook ’em horns!

Of course, we had to get some BBQ from La Barbecue. Our wait time in line was about an hour and a half. However, we got there around 11:30 am, so there was already a long line. I suggest going before they open so the wait is short and you have a better chance of getting everything you want (the beef ribs were gone by the time we got to the front).

We usually order a little bit of everything:

  • 1 lb of pork ribs (4 ribs)
  • 1/2 lb of brisket
  • 1/2 lb of pulled pork
  • 1 link of chipotle sausage
  • 1 serving of potato salad, beans, and cole slaw
  • A couple slices of bread

The cook was even let us try some of their house-made pickles.

I’m no BBQ connoisseur, but I highly suggest the pork ribs. They were so moist and the meat just slid off the bone. You should also try their beans and pickles! Adding some sides definitely balance out all the meat you will be grubbing on. You also don’t even need that bottle of sauce they provide at each table – the flavor is already packed in the meat.

We met some cool people from Ole Miss, had some free beer, and ate some delicious BBQ! Worth every minute in line!

What are your favorite places to eat in Austin? 

~ gwinger

 

Run Wild 5K.

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Running has always been a challenge for me. When choosing a workout, I would never think, “Let’s go for a run!!!”

So, why now?

Improving my fitness level is my top priority. In my Keep Me Accountable. post, I noted that I want to be able to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes. Hopefully, training will lead me to completing a half-marathon or even a marathon, which is such a great physical feat. Plus, all you need are a pair of shoes and the will to run, right?

To see where my time currently stood, I participated the Run Wild 5K on the 4th of July. Let me tell you: it was hot. This was my first time ever running in the Texas summer heat. I’ve lived here all my life and I can never get used to this heat – more so, running in it.

Well, I did finish the 5K, and it took almost 51 minutes…

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The problem was not my time, it was my mentality. I kept beating myself down because I could see people passing me and I felt like I was too slow. People could walk faster than I could walk/run a 5K!

One important lesson that I need to learn is to not compare myself to others. There will always be people who are faster and better. There will be people who have ran and trained longer than I have.

Then, there’s me: a 50:48 finisher who just started.

It can only get better from here.

 

~ gwinger