Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 11, 2013
Rains threaten. We’ve already felt some sprinkles. The very first second weekend for Austin City Limits Music Festival is likely to turn quite soggy.
Yet you can stay relatively dry and healthy during the next three days. Rain ponchos and sturdy shoes or boots are solutions to the first threat. You’ll find ponchos for sale on the street. Price them carefully. For the most part, a good one is worth the expenditure.
Umbrellas are more problematic. Big ones give you greater coverage, but annoy and even endanger everyone around you. Some are the size of tents. ACL should not turn into a mass campground no matter how soggy it gets.
As for staying healthy, hydrate. That means eschewing potent potables. Many guests joined me in this essential discipline last week, crowding up to water dispensers, purchasing juices or sports drinks, keeping it clean and cool.
Also, keep walking. It’s tempting when it rains to retreat to cover, but exercise keeps the blood — and the festival — flowing. Each day last week, I walked the four-mile round trip from our Bouldin bunglow, made five or six daily 1-mile circuits around the field and, to keep the pups at home happy, trotted with them at dawn for three miles, too.
At a supremely liesurely pace, I completed three half-marathons on the first weekend. "You must be as fit at Pam LeBlanc!" Uh, no. You’re forgetting all the gustatory temptations at ACL, from free treats in the limited-access zones to the fruits of Austin’s culinary scene at the pay food booths.
After walking/trotting 30 miles, I’d lost exactly 1 pound.