We are excited to welcome Emilia Benton to the Suite Run Podcast! 
Emilia is a freelance journalist primarily covering running and health & fitness for publications such as Runner's World, Women's Health, SELF, SHAPE and the Houston Chronicle. Emilia is also a ten time marathoner and has run over 30 half marathons! In this conversation, Emilia shares her running and professional journey and then we pivot into her hometown of Houston, TX. Emilia shares the best places to RUN, dine out, great races, places of interest and so much more in the great city of Houston.

Enjoy our conversation!

Emilia's recommendations for Houston, TX:

1. Hermann Park (A great place to run featuring a 2-6 mile loop with shaded trails on various terrain, including crushed gravel. You can also access the zoo and the Miller Outdoor Theatre.)
2. Rice University (Three mile long shaded, crushed gravel trail)

1. Canyon Creek Cafe (great for breakfast, big patio, frozen mimosas!)
2. Shipley Donuts (make sure you go for a warm, fresh glazed donut)
3. Sunrise Taquitos (delicious breakfast tacos)
4. Tacos Deli 
5. Tacos A Go Go
6. Chuy's (For Tex Mex - choose the beef fajitas and margargitas)
7. Good Company (great Texas BBQ)
8. Killians (BBQ)
9. Luling City Market (Order a la Carte)
10. Les Givral's (Good Vietnamese food)
11. Oui Banh Mi (Vietnamese)
12. Piola (Great pizza! Closest to NY style pizza)
13. Good Company (for amazing Pecan Pie. Definitely go to the grocery and buy Blue Bell ice cream to put on top - so yum!)
14. Cloud 10 Creamery (Nutella flavor ice cream is a hit)
15. Under The Volcano (for drinks!)
16. St. Arnold Brewing Company (Delicious burgers and beer)

1. Hotel Zaza (fancy)
2. Air BnB (The Museum District is a great location to stay, right off the light rail system. Very walkable with 19 museums - 11 of them are free all the time. Hermann Park area is also a great area to stay)

Running Stores
1. Fleet Feet (in Rice Village. They also offer group runs)
2. Run On (In River Oaks)
3. Texas Running Company (Sugarland)
4. The Wild Pair Running (Paraland)
5. Good Times Running Company (Katy)

1. Houston Marathon (January)
2. Houston Half Marathon (late October - flat, fast, good out and back course)

1. NASA Space Center, Houston
2. Galleria (shopping mall near Rice University - one of the biggest in the US)

Emilia's favorite seasons in Houston are Fall and Winter!

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