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About Melissa

About the Author: Melissa Cooper started running in 2011 with Couch to 5K. In the summer of 2012, in what seemed like a leap, she joined Rogue Running and completed her first half-marathon–San Antonio Rock and Roll–later that year. Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but these days her half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing). She completed her first full marathon in December 2018 but has no plans to run another one. Her favorite race distance is probably the ten-miler. By day, she is a middle school teacher who juggles work and life and running—sometimes even successfully.

Water-gate

My friend Lauren Markowitz Sheinberg is my guest blogger today! This week, something that's pretty commonplace with runners (stashing a water bottle) turned into a neighborhood kerfuffle thanks to social media. Just last week I wrote about some of the challenges we encounter (one of which is water stops) when we run, so I invited her [...]

2018-07-25T13:22:08-05:00 Categories: Melissa's Corner, News|Tags: , , |

Podcasts on the run

I run by myself a lot. Yeah, I train with a group and we start at the same time, but we’re a wide range of paces so while we are out there together, I’m often not running alongside other people much of the time. And I’m okay with that. Sometimes I really like the solitude [...]

2018-07-17T10:40:39-05:00 Categories: Melissa's Corner, News|Tags: , |

Reflections after a difficult race (AKA Zooma follow-up)

When I shared my Zooma race report earlier this week, I got a bunch of comments I wasn't expecting. Many were supportive, but others (vitually) rolled their eyes and said I was whining or need to toughen up. It's always interesting to see how people perceive me through the words I write, which I didn't [...]

Zooma Texas half marathon: race report

Tracking the weather the week before the race, I suspected this race would be a shitshow. And I knew it was going to be a hilly route. I prepared for the hills (and distance) in my training, and I started hydtrating several days in advance. But even though this was my 17th half-marathon, I vastly underestimated [...]

Vern’s No-Frills 5K, race #100 (a belated race report)

Vern's is ordinarily, well, no frills. No shirt, no chip timing. Just a well-organized, small, community race organized by my running coach and named in honor of a friend of the race. Run the third Saturday of every month, Vern's costs a dollar to enter (free for students and Georgetown Running Club members) and since [...]

2017 ’80s 8K race report

The '80s 8K is the first race in the Austin Distance Challenge, so it generated a pretty big crowd at Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park ahead of Sunday morning's 7:30 start. This was my third time to run it, and there are a couple of things I consistently like about this race. One, the parking [...]

The advantages of joining a running group

Five years ago I joined my first Rogue Running group after I decided to train for the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon. At first I was nervous about joining a group, mostly because I was still something of a beginner and ran a slow pace compared to more experienced runners. But right away I learned that [...]

2017-10-19T00:32:02-05:00 Categories: Melissa's Corner, News|

Not another post offering tips for running in the heat

This time of year, every running publication posts articles offering tips for running when it’s hot. You know, wear light-colored clothing, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, drink lots of water, and avoid running during the heat of the day. But when you live in a climate where summer temperatures don’t drop below 80* overnight, [...]

Tri Doc 5K: Melissa’s race report

Spoiler alert: I did not start first, nor did I finish first. I managed to place third in my age group though–yes, out of more than three people! And I won a raffle prize. But first things first. I went into the race with pretty low expecations. I’m running two races in Cleveland, Ohio next [...]

2019-08-14T16:53:11-05:00 Categories: 5k, Melissa's Corner, News, Race Coverage|

40th Anniversary Capitol 10K

Saturday morning, my BRF Sara and I headed down to the Cap 10K expo at the Palmer Events Center. Not ones to wait in line and pay for the privilege to park in the garage, we found free parking a few blocks away and walked across to the venue. After all, we're picking up stuff [...]

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