Heard Around the Lake

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

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)

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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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 3, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 3, 2016)

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.

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

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

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.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 11, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 11, 2016)

The Austin Marathon means a lot of different things, but one of the best aspects of the race is its charity-driven tradition. There are 25 official charities that take part in Austin and raise funds, boosted in no small part by the Moody Foundation which matches all donations up to $10,000 for each charity.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 4, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 4, 2016)

Paul Perrone, one of the long-time stalwarts of our running and triathlon community, is heading out of town soon for a new job. I mention this because Paul is someone who has run the gamut from top college at UTSA and open runner (a sub-four minute miler) to shoe company rep to race director to owner of his own rep agency. He is truly one of the good guys who would give you the shirt (and jacket) off his back.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Jan. 28, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Jan. 28, 2016)

As we approach the final weeks of ownership of the Austin Marathon (February 14) by Conley Sports, the future of the race is still very much undecided. The number one question that so many Austin marathoners have (judging by the number of times I was asked last Sunday at the 3M Half) is whether or not the new owners of the race—High Five Events—will make substantive changes to the course in time for the 2017 race.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Jan. 21, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Jan. 21, 2016)

I was down in Houston last weekend for the marathon and there were so many Austinites in evidence cheering and running (more than 450 ran), felt like I never left home. I don’t know whether anyone from High Five Events was there taking notes, but hope someone was in Houston paying close attention. (High Five purchased the Austin Marathon last fall from John and Stacey Conley and will be taking over the race next year.)

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

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

I hate to train. Really, I do. Can’t stand stomach it. While I’m at it, I also despise working out and absolutely never run workouts. Never.

Don’t get me wrong: I love running. Probably just as much as you do. But what I despise is the “training” word. Maybe it’s a case of semantics, but I equate training and working out with…work.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

On the New Year’s Day runs and long runs last weekend, there was a lot of chatter about New Year’s Resolutions, but I didn’t hear many runners – actually any – who had made a single one. It seems those types of annual resolutions are for other people to make, not us. The old stand-byes of starting an exercise program, quitting smoking, losing weight, running a marathon, ad nauseam – just doesn’t seem to float with too many of us.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 17, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 17, 2015)

Tell me if this hasn’t happened to you: You and/or your training group follow a hard long run with a few short laps around the parking lot just to even out the mileage on your GPS because a round number and looks a lot better than say 18.7.

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