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Some Local Austin Running/Tri News. (09/29/2016)

The Austin Distance Challenge kicks off this Sunday with the 80's 8k in Cedar Park. It's the first race of the series that concludes with the Austin Marathon. The weather looks like it could really be favorable for Sunday. The forecast projects a low of 65 degrees with a high of 86 degrees. If you [...]

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (June 9, 2016)

Summer is just a rumor here. It was so cold on my morning run along a beautiful network of single-track-track trails, I had to wear a long-sleeve shirt. Needless to say, it’s a marked contrast to what has been one of the wettest springs in the memory of the ATX. After splashing our way on run after run this spring, about the last thing on our collective minds right now is summer. But it’ll be here very soon.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (May 20, 2016)

Although I am a political person, I try not to get too political in my weekly musings and updates on the running community. But the recent threats (and suit against the Federal government) by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and henchman-in-chief Dan Patrick over who is allowed to use public facilities is an affront to the Austin running community. Or, at the very least it should be.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 14, 2016)

When I started running as a third grader, the health benefits of running were largely unknown. Even if I had been aware of the blessings running provides, it wouldn't have mattered. I was way too young to care. Nevertheless, for the vast majority of us who start running as adults, the bounty of health benefits have always been cited as the main reason why so many begin to run.

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Heard Along the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 24, 2016)

What can make a normal, every day run truly great? Certainly, that differs from runner to runner, but great runs tend to be ephemeral, fleeting. Here today, gone an hour later. Still, great runs don't happen every day on every run. If it did, there would never be any exceptional, memorable runs—they'd all be the same.

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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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