I appreciated that these runs away from home would contrast somewhat with my usual English countryside runs but I hadn't anticipated the subtle ways that they do differ.
I'd used Texas as the theme of my play list and set off this morning with Lyle Lovett telling me "That's right you're not from Texas but Texas loves you anyhow". But here's difference number one: There are no pavements in Texas. From driving around these parts in the past I'd noticed but it had been a passing observation rather than a potential hazard.
The lack of road edgings forced me to run on the road and whilst most Texans politely used some of the other 60yds of concrete they had available for missing me, at least two seemed to think I was eligible for road kill. I just hopped onto the scrub land to avoid them and hoped they didn't have any guns on the next time around.
Buddy Holly with "Peggy Sue" faded out to Ry Cooder and David Lindley letting me know that "Jesus was on the mainline" and I could tell him what I want. I'm an atheist but I do like this song because of the fantastic musician ship exhibited by both artists and of course Ry Cooder wrote the famous theme tune to Paris Texas, hence a slightly tenuous connection to Texas but enough to get an inclusion on my list.
I was now about half way and Endomondo confirmed it was over 13 minutes. No sign of the good ol' boys coming back with their guns as I ran back up hill towards the hotel with Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Butting" and then "The Travelling Wilburys - Handle me with care" (I'll be impressed if anyone can work out that connection to Texas).
There was a distinct lack of wildlife on the run aside from a very bright red bird about the size of a blackbird but I had no idea what it was. Another couple of songs got me back to the hotel and I was very pleased to learn that Endomondo recorded 27 mins and 47 secs, I hadn't intended to go that far but it's a good omen for Tuesday's W8 start.
I was sweating like a dog as I came back into the air conditioned reception. The other contrast I hadn't mentioned is that the temperature here is like a hot summer in the UK.
Have a good week I'll try and blog on Tuesday if I can get to run.