Do you have forefoot pain? Does the area right under your toes—especially the big toe--get sore after running? If it does, you already know this is not very pleasant.
One of the most common pearls of wisdom experienced runners have for newbies is that you absolutely do need to buy at least two or three pair of running shoes to train effectively. Many veteran runners advocate just that and have closets full of shoes as proof, but the question remains: Do you really need more than one pair of good running shoes?
As a runner pretty much my entire life, I've always felt a little different. As a kid, I ran back and forth to school when nobody else did and was mocked for doing so. Even in college when everybody was drinking themselves under the table, I ran. And I'm still at it while plenty of my contemporaries have quit years ago.
Granted, it's still technically winter but the high in Austin today is 91 and it sure feels a lot like summer. That means a lot of things to different people, but it also means it's high time to get some new running shorts for the spring and summer heat.
For so many busy, on-the-go runners, just about the only time we have to get our run in during the work week is during our lunch hour. It isn’t a lot of time, but if that’s all you have, you have to make the most of it.
As the folks at High Five Events contemplate and work on the 2017 Austin Marathon course, there's one aspect of it I hope they pretty much ignore: The scenery. I'm not advocating that the new course—if, in fact, there is a new one—consist of 26 laps around the Travis County Expo Center. I'm simply suggesting that the most overrated aspect of a marathon course is its scenic qualities.
Every runner wants to run faster. Sure you do. Even if you’re just trying to finish races and not set any speed records, you still want to run as fast as fast as you can. Everyone does. But, there are really only two basic ways to run faster: You can increase the length of your stride and cover more ground or you can increase the number of strides you take.
I have never been afraid to run any race, but there's one aspect of road racing that absolutely terrifies me: It's the race photos that appear in my inbox. I dread that inevitable email so much, yet can never quite resist the temptation to open it.
High Five Events, which owns and operates most of the high-profile multi-sports events in Central Texas, has pulled the plug on three popular summer races. High Five announced on Tuesday that it has canceled Skeese Greets and the Couples triathlons as well as the Dirty Du (a duathlon) and has passed on its operation of the Splash-n-Dash series to Pure Austin.
It used to be that whenever you saw a doctor for a running injury—no matter how minor--the prescription was almost always the same: Stop running! If something is bothering you, then you stop, right?
I happen to be one of those runners who loves to race. Always have. And the distance I love to race the most is the half marathon. I’m certainly not alone in my affinity for the half as it is the fastest growing road race distance. In 2014, more than 2 million of us finished a half which is an all-time high and more than triple what it was 10 years ago.
Now that marathon season is—finally--over and done with in Central Texas, we can turn our attention to shorter spring races. With all that hard-fought fitness in the bank after months of long runs, the shorter races are a good way to work on speed and leg turnover. Fortunately, we have a well-established circuit of several high-caliber races.
As had been rumored, Rogue Running pulled the plug on its Rogue Distance Festival in Cedar Park after four years. The Rogue Festival's primary race was its 30-K which has long been a mainstay of the Austin Distance Challenge.
I consider myself a very lucky guy. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to run with some of the world’s greatest runners from Olympic gold medalist icons like Herb Elliott and Rosa Mota to American heroes such as Bill Rodgers, Meb Keflezighi, Steve Scott and Alberto Salazar. I’ve learned something from every one of them. But there’s one great runner who I ran with many years ago who has always stood out for me. That man is Rob de Castella.
That Boston is the greatest marathon in America (much less the world) is pretty much incontrovertible. It's the oldest marathon, held on the same historic course and played out in front of wildly enthusiastic crowds that absolutely lives for Patriot's Day. Boston is the one race every marathoner dreams of running and I've always felt every marathoner should get that chance once - qualifier or not.