Dark start of the 27M loop around the lake CCW, beginning at the parking lot and going across the dam first.
Just adjusting my shoes and socks.
Dam and city lights to the right.
Trail began about 1.5M into it.
Mile markers go down on CCW direction, and be aware there are 2 of Mile 19 signs, so this one is really 25 to go.
More rocks, typical Texas trail.
Happy to be here, even with fading clip-on light.
Lots of wild flowers, name of which I don't know, but oh, so beautiful.
I just had to stop and take a photo of each of the variety.
Sunrise about to flicker, 7 am.
Same photo with no flash on.
Single track most of the way, even if differs in footing.
More than half of the trail is inside the tree cover, which is really great when you are in Texas!
Trying to capture the run.
One of 3 parking lots to cross.
Again, this is what is normal here, in Central Texas.
You get the views at the lake from various spots.
Cacti always fascinated me, even back in Russia.
Sun is up and it's beautiful.
A graded section like that usually leads to and from the parking lot for about 50 yards.
Markers on the trees to assure you're on the right trail.
A little warm?
A handful miles of double-track in the open (may be 3 total?)
Overgrown grass - we had lots of rain this winter.
Casting a shadow.
Who wouldn't want to run through that?
Bluebonnets, the State Flower.
11 miles to go, still happy.
Tejas Camp and boy scouts, water refill option.
Legs covered with flowers.
The other side is much hillier, so the last 10 miles are fun!
Strong and smiling! Love the hills!
7 miles to go, single digits!
But those miles are surely technical!
I think I am bonking a bit and running low on water:)
Focusing on positive.
Done, 5:20 total time (running and all). Heaven!