White Rock Lake is a reservoir located in east Dallas, Texas. The lake covers 5.1 square kilometres (1,254 acres), and it is surrounded by White Rock Lake Park, which features a 15 km (9.33 mile) trail for hiking, running and bicycling.
As I mentioned recently, I am going to be taking part in the Dallas Marathon on December 9th, 2012. For my weekly long runs I have been doing just fine running around our neighbourhood. In Park City I did a beautiful run through the country-side. Now that the weekly mileage is increasing so much, I need to find bigger areas to run through because I do not want to become bored. Justin suggested White Rock Lake, and this was really a great idea! We woke up on Sunday at 6am and made our way to the lake to get an early run in.
The sun had not even risen above the horizon when we arrived at the lake. It was amazingly peaceful, and I was so thrilled that we had made the decision to go to the lake at the crack of dawn.
We ate a carbo/ protein rich snack while we drove. Check out my new running top… It’s getting chilly here so I have to wear a warm top when we start our early runs. After getting used to the 40+ (100 F) weather in Texas, an absolutely normal 20 degrees (68 F) feels cold to me!! Crazy!
This temperature is MUCH BETTER for running long distances!
The plan: Run 4 km in one direction, then turn around and return to the car. Justin would then lay down a picnic blanket and study under the trees, while I then complete an entire loop around the lake. This would give Justin a 8 km run, and I would do my week 7 long run of 23km.
There are several fishing piers located around the lake. I like to run to the end of them and look over the water. Justin waits patiently on the grass.
Theses early morning runs are great for **reflection time**
Look at me all colour co-ordinated – I didn’t plan that!
Now there’s a sign we never saw in Dongying, China 😉
Although you can’t tell from my pictures, there were tons of people running and cycling along the track! In fact, there were a couple of faces that I saw twice, so I imagine that many others come here to do their long runs too.
There are a number of bridges around the lake.
I could see downtown Dallas from the lake. How strange to think that the marathon in December goes around this lake and then all the way to, and around, downtown as well! Eeeek, it looks so far away!
Unlike the fall colours in Utah that I got to witness earlier this month – Dallas is still pretty green!
This park is beautiful!!!
When the sun had risen completely, the temperature increased drastically. Within 90 minutes of starting it was already almost 30 C (86 F). No need for that running top anymore!
View of the lake from a pier.
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I STILL get confused with the “stay right” rule here. Growing up in South Africa meant driving on the left, and even when walking/ running you just learn to “stay left”. When I am out running, I want to start on the left, out of habit. When there are no other people on the track, I often have a moment where I don’t know which side to run on. Haha… Silly, I know! Fortunately there are signs to help me!!!
As I neared 22 km, I looked up and saw a very handsome guy running toward me with a huge grin on his face! It was Justin, and he came to find me to motivate me through my last kilometer.
What a sweetheart!
This was the sun when I started, and finished, my long run.
Two hours and 30 minutes later I finished my run. I was thirsty but overall feeling GREAT!! Next weekend I need to do a long run of 24 km (15 miles) so Justin and I plan to go back to the lake for that because we really enjoyed the run on Sunday.
Whatever hemisphere you’re in – It’s the perfect weather to go running!
So stop making excuses,
Put on your running shoes,
…And get outside!