About Wish

Bob “Wish” Wischnia has more than 30 years of running industry experience across publishing, retail, web, and race organization. An Arizona State University alum, Wischnia has been a runner virtually his entire life, still competing in track and road race competitions. And in the free time he’s not pounding the pavement? He’s swimming, cycling, and catching days on the green.

Running Shoe Rotation: Do You Need More Than One Pair?

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?

2017-10-19T00:32:17-05:00 Categories: Gear, Running Shoes, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 17, 2016)

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.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 10, 2016)

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.

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Get Faster Faster

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.

2017-10-19T00:32:57-05:00 Categories: Training, Training Plan|Tags: , , |

High Five Cancels Three Summer Events

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.

2017-10-19T00:32:57-05:00 Categories: News|

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 25, 2016)

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.

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Spring Racing Season Starts Soon; Six Favorites

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.

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Lessons Learned: What A Stud Taught A Pud

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.

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 18, 2016)

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.

2017-10-19T00:32:58-05:00 Categories: Heard Around the Lake|Tags: , , , , |