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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.

Vern’s No Frills 5K

April 15 marked the eighth anniversary of Vern's No Frills 5K, a timed race held the third Saturday of every month at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown. It costs $1, and you can buy a t-shirt or tech shirt if you want. The race director is Bill Schroeder, my coach at Rogue, and this was [...]

The final Austin 10/20: race report

I've run the Austin 10/20 every year except the first one, and each time my friend and I said we won't do it again. The course isn't terribly scenic (Burnet Road, anyone?) and there's not a lot of crowd support other than inside The Domain. Miles 8-9 follow the Mopac frontage road up the kind of [...]

How do you display your medals?

One perk of a distance race is the finisher's medal. In fact, I've been known to sign up for a race based solely on its bling. So over the last several years I've accumulated a lot of medals! I started hanging them on a five-hook medal hanger (I Thought They Said Rum, after my blog [...]