Garner State Park: Run, Hike & Camp
It was time to set out on another RV excursion so we drove to Garner State Park in the hill country of Texas. If you're ever in the area, it's worth the trip!
On my first morning there, I ran 13 miles and I saw dozens of deer and the biggest wild turkeys and jack rabbits I've ever seen. I fell and scraped my elbow and knee, but the fall wasn't bad enough to keep me from running 5 more miles (for 13 total) and 8 more miles the next day. Since I have a 50K race coming up on November 22, I was glad about that.
For my 13 miler, I ran first thing in the morning without breakfast and without eating any food during the run. Running fasted was not a problem at all - especially with all of the wild animal distractions! Some people recommend a fasted run in order to teach your body not to need as many carbohydrates. If you want to try it, start out doing it on shorter runs first. The longest I've done a fasted run is 17 miles.
|Frio River in the Distance|
On our first full day there, my husband and I hiked up to Painted Rock, which is on the top of a rocky hill. After climbing to the top to enjoy the view, we stopped for a look inside a cave. The hike took 2 1/2 hours, just like my 13 miler. The next day, we walked along the Frio River. The water was so clear that I could see the fish swimming in the water.
At night, we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows by the campfire. Also, I baked chicken pot pies and peanut butter cookies in our RV convection oven. Outside, I was amazed at all of the stars in the sky. We camped, but I felt a little like I was cheating because I slept in a warm bed in our cozy RV instead of in a cold tent!
Garner State Park: steep and rocky hiking trails, 3.5 mile mountain bike/running trail, only AT&T phone access, some sites with electric and water hook-ups, 6 hour drive west of Houston.