4 Staff Favorite Taco Recipes that You Have to Try

Spice up your dinner plans with these tasty Siete taco recipes

We’re big fans of the products from our newest partner, Siete Family Foods. The Austin-based company has quickly become the leading health-conscious Mexican-American food brand on the market. We’re putting one of their delicious products, the grain-free Sea Salt Tortilla Chips, in all post-run goodie bags. But they’re more than just their products! They have so many amazing recipes. We LOVE tacos so of course we zeroed in on their taco recipes. Once we cleaned up the drool, we saved these 4 Siete taco recipes for ourselves and are sharing the taco love with you!

Papas con chorizo

These papas con chorizo tacos are the perfect post-long run snack. You know, that weekend long run where you have a little more free time and a strong desire for tacos? The recipe is straightforward, simple, and includes Siete’s Chorizo Seasoning Skillet Cooking Spice. You’ll be eating these gluten- and grain-free tacos in less than an hour.

Serves – 4 | Prep time – 10 minutes | Cook time – 40 minutes

Pork carnitas

Have you ever returned home after setting a slow cooker with that night’s dinner? The smell will bring a smile to your face, especially if you’re slow-cooking a pork shoulder for these pork carnitas tacos. Don’t have that much time, no worries! Use an instant pot and pressure cook the pork for 35 minutes. Try not to drool too much if you follow this recipe’s video

Serves – 4 | Prep time – 15 minutes | Cook time – 7 hours

Veggie picadillo

These delicious veggie picadillo tacos are perfect for vegans and vegetarians. Make sure you are ready to feed a crew because this recipe serves 6-8. Or you can enjoy these tacos two nights in a row. Trust us, we’ve done that. This is a taco-free judgment zone. 

Serves – 6-8 | Prep time – 30 minutes | Cook time – 50 minutes

Chipotle fish

Need a quick and healthy recipe for date night? These chipotle fish tacos will get the job done. The recipe serves two and the prep and cook time is roughly 45 minutes. Make it a meal you can both prepare by following their 71-second recipe video. 

Serves – 2 | Prep time – 30 minutes | Cook time – 15 minutes

You love tacos. We love tacos. Everyone loves tacos! These 4 Siete taco recipes are delicious and have something for everyone. If you’re looking for more healthy recipes that don’t take much time to prepare, these 10 recipes are a great place to start. You can also sign up for the Siete Foods newsletter where they share even more great recipes!


3 Reasons to Buy Your Race-Day Shoes Now

Don’t wait any longer to buy your race-day shoes

Runners love their shoes and will defend their favorite pair(s) as being the best. We’re big fans of Under Armour’s latest, the Flow Velociti Wind. What all runners will agree with is that you don’t wear a new pair of shoes on race day! You want your shoes to be broken in, but without too many miles. Typically, a pair of running shoes will last 300-400 miles. If it’s time to buy a new pair, do it. Buying your race-day shoes now will give you plenty of time to get used to them. This will also keep you from running in old shoes that have lost their comfort, cushion, and support. Check out the 3 reasons to buy your race-day shoes now. Then schedule an appointment with our friends at Fleet Feet Austin and let them do what they do best!

Break-in race-day shoes

Break in your shoes at least 3-4 weeks before your event.

Whether it’s a new brand or the latest iteration of your favorite shoe, it will take some time for your feet to become comfortable with a brand-new pair. Your feet and shoes should achieve a nice harmony before race day to minimize the possibility of blisters and injury. Ideally, 3-4 weeks before the event will provide enough time for you to break in your race-day shoes. Continue to include running variety in your training to help you further break in your new pair of shoes.

Maximize cushion and support

Familiarizing your feet with new race-day shoes is a part of breaking them in. As shoe technology advances, they become better-equipped with cushioning, stability, and memory foams. To maximize the cushioning support you should alternate your race-day shoes along with your current pair leading up to your event. This will keep the mileage on your race-day shoes low and allow for the most cushion and support during your event. Don’t run in them 3-4 days before your event so the cushion has a chance to recover from the most recent run.

Avoid unfamiliarity on race day

Nothing new on race day, shoes included!

Every runner has heard the following: nothing new on race day. This goes for your shoes as well. Even if they’re the same version as your old pair, they could be slightly different. No two pairs are exactly the same. Your feet will need time to adjust to the new pair. Remember: you should only run in your running shoes. Use the 3-4 week timeline, mentioned earlier, as a guide in the minimum amount of time needed to become acclimated to your new pair of shoes.

Endurance training is never easy and you have to be well-prepared. Consistency and adequate nutrition/hydration will help you in ensuring success. Comfortable, cushioned, and supportive running shoes are a part of that equation too. Just make sure that you buy what you plan to wear at least 3-4 weeks in advance. This way you can break them in, maximize cushion and support, and follow the “nothing new on race day” rule.

10 Ways to Have a Great 2021 Run Austin Experience

Ensure you have a great 2021 Run Austin experience when you follow our advice

We want y’all to have the best 2021 Run Austin experience possible! As you know, this year’s event will look a bit different. But don’t worry, we’re still planning an amazing in-person experience for all participants. We’ve worked with many different city, county, and state entities to provide a comprehensive Mitigation Plan with specific measures. We need you to follow these guidelines and protocols so every participant can have an amazing 2021 Run Austin experience. 

10 steps everyone needs to follow to Run Austin

1. Approach the start line at your designated time

Female runner smiles as she crosses the 2020 Austin Half Marathon finish line.

Follow these tips to have a memorable 2021 Run Austin experience.

This will be communicated to all participants via email and will be boldly printed on your bib. You can only start when it’s your designated time. This helps reduce on-course density and allows us to maintain the required social distancing measures. 

2. Stay at home if you’re sick or have symptoms of COVID-19

Don’t risk it! If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 stay home. Participants will be required to fill out a health survey before they can pick up their bib. We want to get back to live events as much as you do, but not at the expense of spreading this virus. If you stay home because of this you can either A or B. Email our team ( for more information.

3. Wear your mask

Signage will be placed to designate mask required zones so everyone is aware of where they are. When running, carry your mask with you so you can put it back on once you cross the finish line. Spectators are encouraged to wear masks as well. Masks will also be provided at the finish line.

4. Maintain social distance, even on course

One Texas Longhorn equals roughly six feet.

Keep groups to fewer than 10 people and maintain six feet of social distancing from others. In case you have a hard time visualizing it, six feet roughly equals the length of: 

5. Encourage friends and family to track you online

Spectators are highly discouraged at the start and finish lines. If your crew does come out they must follow all mask and social distancing rules. They should also stick to less dense parts of the course. Do not form groups of 10 or more. You can also have your friends and family use our athlete tracking so they can follow you from anywhere in the world. Just tell them to download the Austin Marathon app!

6. Use hand sanitation stations

Make sure you get all your questions answered before race day.

Keep ‘em clean! There will be plenty of these stations at the start and finish lines and aid stations. Take advantage of them. Our team will ensure specific high-touch areas are regularly cleaned, but it’s strongly recommended that you take advantage of these hand sanitation stations as needed. 

7. Ask questions before race day

We know you’ll have questions and our team works overtime to make sure you have the information you need. To streamline and limit in-person interactions, we’re asking that you ask questions before race day. There’s a ton of helpful information currently on our site. If you do have questions, ask us on social media, use the live chat on our website, or send us an email at

8. Finish and celebrate Austin

You’ve crossed the finish line. CONGRATS! This year we’re asking that you cross the finish line, grab your post-race goodie bag, and safely visit one of the Austin restaurants and bars we’ve partnered with. Since we can’t party in the beer garden and celebrate with live music, this is the next best option! We’re partnering with some awesome businesses to offer deals for runners. Check your pre-race emails for all the details. BONUS – you’ll also have a much-needed impact on the Austin economy and all of our friends in the service industry.

9. Share with us on social

Cross the finish line and celebrate with Austin.

We don’t get to celebrate together like we normally do, but we still want to know about your accomplishments! You’ve put in months of training and finally crossed that finish line. We want to hear about your experience and join the celebration virtually. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag Austin Marathon when sharing your race-day experience!

10. Read the Mitigation Plan

This one might be obvious, but it’s also important. Countless hours have gone into the creation of this Mitigation Plan. By familiarizing yourself with this information you are helping yourself and your fellow runner have a great 2021 Run Austin experience. 

Ensure you and all the other participants have a memorable 2021 Run Austin experience by following the 10 recommendations and our Mitigation Plan. A successful Austin Half Marathon and 5K can be the blueprint for large-scale endurance events returning.

City of Austin Formally Approves the 2021 Austin Half Marathon and 5K

2021 Austin Half Marathon is officially ready to run Austin

The return to Austin running begins April 25th with the Ascension Seton Austin Half Marathon presented by Under Armour. Formal approval has been issued by the City of Austin through the special event permitting process with Austin Center for Events (ACE) and Austin Public Health and stems from months of continued support and planning. The approved COVID-19 Mitigation Plan will transform the 2021 Austin Half Marathon, one of Austin’s flagship events. It’ll allow for precautions to be in place that exceed COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the City of Austin.

The 2021 Austin Half Marathon marks the return to Austin running.

“The 2021 Austin Half Marathon, an event that represents Austin’s commitment to health, has also shown a commitment to COVID-19 safety,” said Don Hastings, Austin Public Health Assistant Director for Environmental Services. “The Austin Marathon team has worked creatively over several months to re-invent this signature event in a way that emphasizes the health and safety of its participants and our community. To ensure we can safely reopen more of our events in the near future, it’s critical that Austinites continue to wear their masks, socially distance and wash their hands. And to keep the Austin Marathon especially safe in this pandemic year, we ask that friends and family of runners cheer their runners on virtually!” 

Mitigation Plan

High Five Events and their sponsors and partners like Ascension Seton, Austin Public Health, and the City of Austin are all fully committed to the Mitigation Plan. High Five Events owns and produces the Austin Marathon. The full COVID-19 mitigation plan is available to view on our site. Strategies include:

  • Participation capacity reduced by 53%
  • Density reduction by 88%
  • Assigned start times extended over a longer time frame
  • Enhanced sanitation
  • Adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Elimination of mass gathering activities
  • Discourage spectators from attending to reduce COVID transmission risk

Register now! The events are expected to sell out with the reduced capacity.

“Ascension Seton has closely collaborated with the High Five Events team and the City of Austin to ensure our event medical team provides the safest event possible, including the implementation of safety protocols to ensure social distancing and sanitation procedures are followed,” said Andy Davis, president and CEO of Ascension Texas. “Ascension Seton is excited to continue to be involved in this event that provides a unique experience through the streets of our beautiful city and serves as a way for individuals to remain healthy and active.”

Preparing for April 25th

Online registration is currently available. Both the 2021 Austin Half Marathon and KXAN Simple Health 5K in-person and virtual events have a maximum capacity set in the Mitigation Plan. The event has already surpassed 57% of the capacity based on current registrations. The event is expected to sell out.

“The trust instilled by the City of Austin and their continued support will allow us to set the standard for producing large-scale, socially-distanced endurance events across the country,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Our team is ready for this responsibility and excited to bring this event back, after having canceled all of our events since last March. We are pleased to welcome all those who have taken up running this past year and look forward to seeing the running community continue to grow.”

Participants are encouraged to fundraise on behalf of one of the amazing 26 Central Texas nonprofits as part of the Austin Marathon Gives charity program which has a goal of raising more than $700,000. The event will also launch new initiatives to help local businesses by providing opportunities for them to take part in the event at no cost. Interested businesses should fill out this form.