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Reflections after a difficult race (AKA Zooma follow-up)

When I shared my Zooma race report earlier this week, I got a bunch of comments I wasn't expecting. Many were supportive, but others (vitually) rolled their eyes and said I was whining or need to toughen up. It's always interesting to see how people perceive me through the words I write, which I didn't [...]

Zooma Texas half marathon: race report

Tracking the weather the week before the race, I suspected this race would be a shitshow. And I knew it was going to be a hilly route. I prepared for the hills (and distance) in my training, and I started hydtrating several days in advance. But even though this was my 17th half-marathon, I vastly underestimated [...]

Vern’s No-Frills 5K, race #100 (a belated race report)

Vern's is ordinarily, well, no frills. No shirt, no chip timing. Just a well-organized, small, community race organized by my running coach and named in honor of a friend of the race. Run the third Saturday of every month, Vern's costs a dollar to enter (free for students and Georgetown Running Club members) and since [...]

The advantages of joining a running group

Five years ago I joined my first Rogue Running group after I decided to train for the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon. At first I was nervous about joining a group, mostly because I was still something of a beginner and ran a slow pace compared to more experienced runners. But right away I learned that [...]

2017-10-19T00:32:02+00:00 Categories: Melissa's Corner, News|

Not another post offering tips for running in the heat

This time of year, every running publication posts articles offering tips for running when it’s hot. You know, wear light-colored clothing, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, drink lots of water, and avoid running during the heat of the day. But when you live in a climate where summer temperatures don’t drop below 80* overnight, [...]

Vern’s No Frills 5K

April 15 marked the eighth anniversary of Vern's No Frills 5K, a timed race held the third Saturday of every month at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown. It costs $1, and you can buy a t-shirt or tech shirt if you want. The race director is Bill Schroeder, my coach at Rogue, and this was [...]

Austin Half Marathon Expo + Race Report

Austin Half Marathon Expo + Race Report After I finished this race in 2014, I swore I’d never run it again. Yes, it’s Austin’s hometown race, it’s well-organized and draws great crowds. But it’s hilly, and February weather is a total crap-shoot. I’d come out and cheered the last two years, and I much preferred [...]

Run the Year 2017

“I need something else to work towards or I won’t run. And this would certainly be motivating. But there is no way I can do it except on a team.” And with that text from my friend Jacquie, I fell down the rabbit hole of Run the Year 2017. See, Jacquie lives in Edmonton, Alberta. [...]

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