//Melissa's Corner

To Keep It Going, Mix It Up

One of my favorite quotes ever about running comes from Robert deCastella, who, back in the day, ran pretty fast: “The only secret is that it is consistent, often monotonous, boring, hard work. And it's tiring." The single thing most likely to help you improve in running is consistency.  It isn’t beet juice.  It isn’t [...]

One for the History Books (SchrupThink, April 22, 2014)

There is so much that can be written about yesterday’s Boston Marathon—the 118th edition—I’m not even sure where to begin. Should we discuss the first victory by an American since 1985?  Surely the tactical race is worthy of something:  Almost invariably, the one who goes out in front on the undulating Boston course gets plenty [...]

Changing the Focus (SchrupThink)

The Boston Marathon is around the corner which for many (over 200 runners from Austin, not counting the hundreds others spread across central Texas) is the high point of the year. It is the grandest event of them all, to those who know. We all put in great amounts of time and effort to prepare [...]

Getting Ready for the Big Heat (SchrupThink)

Heeeeeeeere’s Summer! While other, less fortunate parts of the country get another blizzard upside the head, Austin is in the midst of another luxurious (maybe a bit breezy) spring.  Sure, our springs are brief, but they are a thing of real beauty.  And they should be cherished, reveled in and experienced to the fullest because [...]

A Follow Up To Mizuno’s “What If Everybody Ran?” (SchrupThink)

A few weeks back, one of the major footwear companies introduced a marketing campaign in which they asked people to ask the question, What if Everybody Ran? http://www.mizunousa.com/running/what-if-everybody-ran It’s a clever campaign in that it ultimately goes existential by connecting running to our natural inclination to move—were we born to run? After a solitary, crisp [...]

The Mind + Body Connection (SchrupThink, Feb. 25, 2014)

It seems that recently I’ve seen more on the discussion about how combining the training of the mental and physical aspects of running results in greater benefit than when those aspects are trained separately.  We’ve known that all along, you might argue, because anyone who has completed a marathon will tell you that the mental [...]

The Marathon is Your Base Training for 10K (Schrup Think, Feb. 18, 2014)

If you live in Austin or the surrounding areas, you know this weekend was Austin Marathon weekend. It's always exciting and the stories afterward are what makes the marathon so much fun. It's always a great weekend. Well, maybe it was a bit soupier on Sunday than you’d have wished, but it’s really pretty rare [...]

Shrup Think: What Makes the Austin Marathon Special

I love to run this time of year in Austin.  Of course - as you might imagine - there are many reasons why, but I really do enjoy running in the cold.  Mostly, though, I love the energy of this season.  It’s marathon season in Austin.  Despite the unAustin weather, everyone bundles up and hits [...]