Alamo Run

admin | March 1, 2010 in Running | Comments (7)

We were in Texas to perform for the San Antonio Rodeo.  I grew up in Texas…consider myself first a “Texas boy.”  So this was all good by me.

The Tim McGraw “Southern Voice” tour would “officially” start the next week, so San Antone would be kind of a warm-up.  A way to work out a few bugs, get our feet wet.  Try a few new things out before the BIG launch with all the lights and cameras and bells and whistles and screens and staging and stuff.

Our first gig of 2010…so this would also be my first “on the road” run of the year. Sure, I could map out a plan…but I’m not always that patient.  I usually just throw on my shoes, grab my watch and hotel key, and head out with no idea where I’m headed.

Sometimes the runs suck.  Downtown traffic, construction, no sidewalks, dead ends, and oncoming traffic.

Sometimes they don’t suck.  A park appears around the corner.  A bike trail.  Fun murals, scenic views, all stumbled upon with a little luck.

That day, though, I DID have a plan…and stopped by the concierge desk.  “Take a left at the corner…and just keep going,” he told me.  “You can’t miss it.”  I wasn’t going to.

In 1836, roughly 250 Texian soldiers and Tejano volunteers under siege at the Alamo mission heroically fought to their death against tremendous odds to preserve Texas’ independence.  Attacked by the Mexican army under the leadership of General Santa Anna, estimates put Mexican casualties and wounded at roughly 600.

The Alamo…this remarkable  symbol of ultimate sacrifice…was right down the street from our hotel.

It was a quick three-mile out and back, as time was tight that day.  The band had a doubleheader, and our first show was early in the afternoon…but carving out the time to run by and take in a little bit of that history…reflect on the strength and perseverance of those men…made for a great first run of a new tour season.

I’ll run a marathon…but THOSE guys knew what it meant to truly endure.

Remember the Alamo.


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  1. Comment by ChristineMarch 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm  

    Everyday we learn something new… and this was my history lesson for the day! (Even though I KNOW I learned about the Alamo way back in HS, this refreshed my memory.)

    I’m glad you had a short BUT educational run that day, and great pictures too!

    Gracias Señor!

  2. Comment by SharonMarch 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm  

    Very cool! I love being able to run in really interesting locations – this sounds fascinating and meaningful.

  3. Comment by JulesMarch 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm  

    ((Jeff))
    Hello big brother. First thank you for getting my mind off work long enough to realize it is the first of March and for another fun filled adventure with you. I am not going to tell you what I thought day date was before reading your blog entry this afternoon. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed your run. If only my high school history teacher made are lessons as fun as you do, I would have most likely passed with flying colors. Thanks for the fun lesson on the Alamo!

    Love ya once, Love ya twice, Love ya more than beans and rice!
    Big Hug Big Brother,

    Jules 😉

  4. Comment by KevinMarch 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm  

    …and the musical…and running tour begins. Can’t wait to see where you run next!

  5. Comment by Mick Weick — March 2, 2010 at 9:54 am  

    Run Forrest Run!!!! Great article, and a great job at the gig… c ya in NYC…U gotta run there!

  6. Comment by Kimmy T — March 3, 2010 at 8:12 am  

    great story jeff. you’ve inspired me to bring my camera along for my runs.
    stay safe, play hard, run strong. ygb

  7. Comment by Touring and the Treadmill « Road Dog RunnerMarch 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm  

    […] a terrific Texas warm-up run by the Alamo, it was off to Omaha, Nebraska.  We would spend one day just getting there; then we’d have three […]

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