Heard Around the Lake

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 10, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 10, 2015)

After finishing the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday and dawdling around in the Alamodome parking lot socializing for an hour or so, I jogged back to my hotel, backtracking along the course. I’ve always secretly hated these guys who finish a race way ahead and seem to be taunting me by doing their cool downs on the course while I’m still struggling to the finish.
On Sunday, I was that guy.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 3, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 3, 2015)

I try not to get too political in this forum, but after yet another massacre, it’s impossible to think of anything else this morning. The politicians in the bag of the NRA have been quick to comment and caution us against over reaction and how now is not the time to talk about banning the type of automatic weapons and armor-piercing bullets like so many of our mass murderers use to slaughter children and so many others caught in their cross hairs.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 12, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 12, 2015)

Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can’t contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I’ve been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can’t contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I’ve been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 5, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 5, 2015)

The University of Texas has a long, distinguished track history and, over the years, has won 11 NCAA team championships. But UT has never been a distance power comparable to such historically strong programs such as Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin or Arkansas.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 29, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 29, 2015)

Tuesday’s announcement of the sale of Conley Sports, which has owned and directed the Austin Marathon for nine years, to locally owned High Five Events, was met with a mixture of relief and sadness by the Austin running community. Sorry to see John and Stacey Conley sold their marquee event, but elated that the race is remaining in the capable, experienced hands of the High Five crew.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 22, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 22, 2015)

One of the aspects I like the most about marathoning is you can’t fake it. Unlike other sports where you can make a lucky basket, get a fluke hit or just happen to connect on a great drive or putt, there is no luck involved in the marathon.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 15, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 15, 2015)

How many times have you heard this one: “Running is so boring. I don’t know how you keep running and aren’t bored to death by it.” Let me just throw this out there: I never get bored with running. My guess is you don’t either. So maybe I am preaching to the choir, but it’s always seemed such a paradox that the people who criticize running as boring, never run.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 8, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Oct. 8, 2015)

It’s official: The new smoking are the twin evils of soda and…sitting. Both are serious health hazards. Drinking soda has been demonized in the past few years as leading to obesity, diabetes and all sorts of other diseases. I don’t drink soda, but like everybody who has a desk job, I sure sit around a lot which can lead to the same crap.It’s official: The new smoking are the twin evils of soda and…sitting. Both are serious health hazards. Drinking soda has been demonized in the past few years as leading to obesity, diabetes and all sorts of other diseases. I don’t drink soda, but like everybody who has a desk job, I sure sit around a lot which can lead to the same crap.

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Heard Around the Lake: New, Notes and Idle Gossip (Sept. 10, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: New, Notes and Idle Gossip (Sept. 10, 2015)

Since I began running back and forth to elementary school when nobody else did, I’ve always felt a little different. That feeling continued throughout high school when instead of sneaking cigarettes, I was out running and getting mocked for doing so. Even in college when everybody was drinking themselves under the table, I ran. And—of course–continue to do so.

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Heard Around the Lake: New, Notes and Idle Gossip (Sept. 3, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: New, Notes and Idle Gossip (Sept. 3, 2015)

How many times have you heard this one? Typically, it’s from some non-runner who offers this well-intentioned piece of advice: “If you keep up with all that running, it’s going to ruin your knees.” If I had a breakfast taco for every single time I’ve heard that, I could compete with Taco Deli.

Wish

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.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Aug. 27, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Aug. 27, 2015)

There are times when I feel like my little corner of the running world is neatly divided into two distinct camps: Those who run with music and those who never do. Let me state right off that I love music (rock, country, bluegrass-roots) and listen to it all day while working. (Thank you Pandora and Spotify.) Just not when I run.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Aug. 20, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Aug. 20, 2015)

A couple of Saturdays ago, a bunch of us were sweating our way through yet another long run and, as marathoners do, the general topic of the morning was which marathons we were doing in the fall and winter and why we were running them. The reasons why who was running which were the usual: Course, logistics, race goodies, tradition, cost, proximity and 100 other rationalizations for choosing a particular marathon. As we cruised along, one of the newbies asked innocently enough: “Which marathon is the easiest?”

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