A few years ago, Andrea Fisher, the owner of a local running store, let me tag along as she rambled over the root and rock strewn trails of the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
When we finished, I guessed we had covered about 4 miles. Turns out we’d gobbled up 7. (I also was nursing a bump on my forehead, the result of a close encounter with a low-hanging limb, but that’s another story.)
Trail running’s like that. It might be slower, but it’s easier on your legs. While my quads and shins feel pulverized if I run 7 miles on pavement, they don’t ache much when I run off road.
I was reminded of that last week, during a trip to Daingerfield State Park in far northeast Texas.
Two mornings, I woke early and scampered along a trail that encircles the 80-acre lake. Not only did I get to watch a great blue heron fish for breakfast and see the first orange and yellow streaks of light brighten the sky, I practically bounced over the pine-needle carpeted terrain. I paused only to snap a few pictures.
I finished with plenty more spring in my step.
Now I’m determined to run more miles on softer surfaces. What’s your favorite place to trail run? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment in my Fit City blog at austin360.com.
Slow Magic at Mohawk. Dream-like electronic music with wandering melodies and warped production. With Corduroi. 9 p.m. $10. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.
— Peter Mongillo
Also playing: Justin Soileau with the Awkward Robot and Walker Lukens at Red 7; Bloodgeon, Id and Pyre Memories at Beerland; Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Cactus Cafe; Walt Wilkins at the Saxon Pub; Shinyribs at Rattle Inn
Author appearance. Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear speaks and signs "Shattered Pillars." 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
4th & Goal Gala. A fundraiser for the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, with Ben Crenshaw and a performances by Willie Nelson. 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. $49-$69. ACL Live, 310 W. Second St. 225-7999, www.acl-live.com.
Short iNDies. The series presents "Bring Your Own Video Night." 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5. The North Door, 501 N. Interstate Highway 35. 485-3001, www.ndvenue.com.
AMOA-Arthouse. "New Works," pieces by Jessica Halonen. Through May 26. "Of a Technical Nature," a group exhibition exploring the relationship between natural and technologic systems. Through Aug. 11. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. $3-$5. AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 458-8191, www.amoa-arthouse.org.
Blanton Museum of Art. "Restoration & Revelation: Conserving the Suida-Manning Collection," an exhibit examining issues related to art preservation. Through May 5. "Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from the Alumni Collection," featuring around 200 pieces from the art collections of UT alumni. Through May 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5-$9; free entry on Thursdays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org.
Dougherty Arts Center. "Wunderkammer," a joint exhibit by Mark Johnson and Debra Broz. Through March 29. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 1110 Barton Springs Road. 974-4000, www.ci.austin.tx.us/dougherty/default.htm.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. "Heaven & Earth," works by Fidencio Duran. Through Saturday. "The Big Red Bus," retrospective works by Oscar Martinez. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 600 River St. 974-3772, www.maccaustin.org.
George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center. "A Smile on My Face," a photography exhibition. Through April 6. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 1165 Angelina St. 974-4926, www.carvermuseum.org.
Guzu Gallery. "Deep Cuts: 12" Tributes to Our Favorite Music Heroes," featuring screen prints by over 20 artists. Through April 7. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. 5000 N. Lamar Blvd. 454-4898, www.guzugallery.com.
Mexic-Arte Museum. "Masked: Changing Identities," showcasing popular masks from the museum’s permanent collection. Through May 5. "Unmasked: Lucha Libre," highlighting the Mexican tradition of masked wrestling. Through May 5. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $1-$5; free admission Sundays. 419 N. Congress Ave. 480-9373, www.mexic-artemuseum.org.
Ransom Center. "Arnold Newman: Masterclass" explores the career of the photographer who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the 20th century. Through May 12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays (Thursdays open to 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free. 21st and Guadalupe streets on the UT campus. 417-8944. www.hrc.utexas.edu.
Studio 10. Works by Augusto Brocca and Kathleen Wilson. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, or by appointment. 1011 W. Lynn St. 236-1333, www.studiotenarts.com.
UT Visual Arts Center. "Diffuse Reflection Lab," works by Lead Pencil Studio’s Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. Through May 11. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 2300 Trinity St. 471-1108, www.utvac.org.
Wally Workman Gallery. "Book of Etiquette," paintings by Tracey Harris. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1202 W. Sixth St. 472-7428, www.wallyworkmangallery.com.
Yard Dog Art Gallery. "Blockheads," presidential portraits by Pennsylvania-based artist Kurt Herrmann. Through Sunday. "A Colorful Language," works by New York-based artist Randy E. Cronin. Through Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 1510 S. Congress Ave. 912-1613, www.yarddog.com.
Markets & bazaars
Downtown Manor Farmers Market. 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 104 E. Rector St., Manor. 278-1611, www.manorfarmersmarket.org.
Monument Market. Local produce, gluten-free items, pastries and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 500 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 240-4715, www.themonumentmarket.com.
SFC Farmers’ Market. Downtown: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Fourth and Guadalupe streets. East: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 51st Street and 183. The Triangle: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, West 46th Street at North Lamar Boulevard and Guadalupe Street. Sunset Valley: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3200 Jones Road. 236-0074, www.sfcfarmersmarket.org.