Melissa’s Corner

40th Anniversary Capitol 10K

40th Anniversary Capitol 10K

Saturday morning, my BRF Sara and I headed down to the Cap 10K expo at the Palmer Events Center. Not ones to wait in line and pay for the privilege to park in the garage, we found free parking a […]

Melissa

About Melissa

About the Author: Melissa Cooper started running in 2011 with Couch to 5K. In the summer of 2012, in what seemed like a leap, she joined Rogue Running and completed her first half-marathon–San Antonio Rock and Roll–later that year. Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but these days her half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing). Her favorite race distance is probably the ten-miler. By day, she is a middle school teacher who juggles work and life and running—sometimes even successfully.

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Vern’s No Frills 5K

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 […]

Melissa

About Melissa

About the Author: Melissa Cooper started running in 2011 with Couch to 5K. In the summer of 2012, in what seemed like a leap, she joined Rogue Running and completed her first half-marathon–San Antonio Rock and Roll–later that year. Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but these days her half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing). Her favorite race distance is probably the ten-miler. By day, she is a middle school teacher who juggles work and life and running—sometimes even successfully.

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The final Austin 10/20: race report

The final Austin 10/20: race report

I’ve run the Austin 10/20 every year except the first one, and each time my friend and I said we won’t do it again. The course isn’t terribly scenic (Burnet Road, anyone?) and there’s not a lot of crowd support other […]

Melissa

About Melissa

About the Author: Melissa Cooper started running in 2011 with Couch to 5K. In the summer of 2012, in what seemed like a leap, she joined Rogue Running and completed her first half-marathon–San Antonio Rock and Roll–later that year. Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but these days her half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing). Her favorite race distance is probably the ten-miler. By day, she is a middle school teacher who juggles work and life and running—sometimes even successfully.

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How do you display your medals?

How do you display your medals?

One perk of a distance race is the finisher’s medal. In fact, I’ve been known to sign up for a race based solely on its bling. So over the last several years I’ve accumulated a lot of medals! I started […]

Melissa

About Melissa

About the Author: Melissa Cooper started running in 2011 with Couch to 5K. In the summer of 2012, in what seemed like a leap, she joined Rogue Running and completed her first half-marathon–San Antonio Rock and Roll–later that year. Finishing San Antonio was supposed to be a one-time bucket list thing, but these days her half-marathon total is at double digits (and climbing). Her favorite race distance is probably the ten-miler. By day, she is a middle school teacher who juggles work and life and running—sometimes even successfully.

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Austin Half Marathon Expo + Race Report

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 […]

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Run the Year 2017

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 […]

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What do you do when you can’t run?

What do you do when you can’t run?

It’s been eleven days since my last run. Last week at school I was short-tempered, easily annoyed, and rolled my eyes a lot. Coincidence? Or just middle-school-before-winter-break? Could go either way. All I know is that thanks to my continued […]

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Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

The Trail of Lights Fun Run will go on, rain or shine. Shine it did not. My general rule about rain, cold, and dark is that I can do two out of three. Saturday night’s forecast violated that rule, so […]

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Winter Time Change: Friend or Foe?

Winter Time Change: Friend or Foe?

If I ran primarily in the mornings, I suppose I would appreciate the November time change that brings daylight before 7 A.M. But my weekday training runs all happen after work, meaning it’s already dusk before I even finish tying […]

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Shiner Beer Run race report

Shiner Beer Run race report

Last year, one of my BRFs and I went to Shiner as spectators. She had registered early because it sells out fast, but by the time race day came around she was injured so we decided to go and cheer […]

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Run for the Water 2016 Race Report

Run for the Water 2016 Race Report

Run for the Water 2016 Race Report The bonus of waking up at 5:30 and driving downtown before daybreak for a race? Seeing the UT Tower still lit up orange from Saturday’s football victory. At that hour, parking was still pretty easy, […]

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BRFs

BRFs

I’m not terribly social. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that I am terrible at being social. Either way, when I first started running, I ran alone. No one in my family or my training group ran my pace, […]

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