On Sunday, March 20th, runners toed the start line in ideal running conditions. The vernal equinox, or first day of spring, brought about the perfect weather for the Lost Pines Trail Runs, held in Smithville, Texas. With temperatures in the low 40s at the start, participants began their race, either a 10K, half marathon, or marathon, on the challenging terrain at Rocky Hill Ranch. Austinites began to take over the race as temperatures began to slowly climb.
Earlier this week, William Dyson sat down with Paul Terranova, 2015 USATF Men's Master Trail Runner of the Year, to talk about the his upcoming race (Lost Pines Trail Marathon), his approach to running, and what occupies his mind on long runs other than Justin Bieber. Paul also doles out great advice that’s applicable to new and seasoned runners alike.
On a bittersweet morning for John and Stacy Conley and the staff of Conley Sports, the 25th annual Austin Marathon on Sunday morning was their final marathon after 19 years at the helm. But for three of the top four winners in the marathon and half marathon, it was a day of firsts.
My most memorable Austin Marathon was the one in 1989 run by RunTex which included a 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. It was my very first running event, so I ran the 5K but was able to stick around at the end to watch the half marathoners finishing at the same time as the full marathoners due to the staggered start. It inspired me enough to continue my training so that I could go the full distance in 1992 when the current Austin Marathon race started.
This is a particularly noteworthy year for the Austin Marathon. The race celebrates its 25th year and it is also the final year of race director John Conley's ownership. After this year's race, High Five Events takes over direction and ownership of the Austin Marathon.
The US Olympic Marathon Trials will be held February 13th in Los Angeles and Austin will be well-represented with seven Trials qualifiers. None of the Austinites are expected to contend for one of top three spots for men and women who will go to the Olympics in Rio in August, but for five of the seven, just getting to the Trials has been a victory in itself. The only two with Trials experience - Allison Macsas and Scott MacPherson - are also the healthiest and have the best chance of being competitive in Los Angeles.
If you're planning to run the Austin Marathon on Sunday, you might have heard about the concept known as "carbohydrate-loading". If you're new to marathoning and unclear what it all means, it's an important concept to understand before this week's final countdown to marathon Sunday. (Carbo-loading isn't advantageous to half marathoners but it isn't harmful either.)
There is absolutely no question that the key to having a good race during next Sunday's Austin Marathon or Half Marathon (February 14th) is having a familiarity with the numerous hills that punctuate both courses. These hills must be run smoothly and well-paced. Push too hard on the uphills and you'll run out of gas. Fly down some of the steep downhills and you'll pound your quads and have nothing left for the tougher uphill portions.
With the many months of difficult training behind you, the final two weeks before the 2016 Austin Marathon should be a breeze. All the hard work is over and hopefully, you’ve done everything you possibly can to prepare for the 26.2-mile test on February 14th
Jared and Megan Carson are expecting their first child—a son—any day now. The soon-to-be pops provided an early birthday present on Sunday morning by winning the 22nd annual 3M Half Marathon in 1:08:23. It was the first half marathon victory of Carson's life and it couldn't have come at a better time for the expectant parents.
In a city full of run-of-the-mill 5K's, the Austin Gorilla Run has always stood apart for it's uniqueness. Nowhere else can you sign up to support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund and get a suit (choice of gorilla or banana) that is yours to keep. The 6th annual 5K is happening on Saturday at Camp [...]
The 4th Annual Rogue Distance Festival, which will be held this Sunday (January 10th) in Cedar Park, has plenty to offer: Two race distances held at virtually the same time on a very flat, fast course, with good logistics and a warm, dry spot for pre and post-race activities.
SAN ANTONIO—For years, the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half extravaganza was plagued by warm temperatures and high humidity in all but the first year (2008). But the race shifted its date to the first week in December last year and it paid off once again with near perfect racing conditions for the estimated 25,000 who participated in one of several races over the weekend.
The 37th Annual Decker Challenge is the third oldest race in Austin, behind the ARC Daisy 5K and the venerable Capitol 10K. The usual story of the Austin Runners Club Decker Challenge starts with the weather. But as our resident Kiwi Keith Dowland said before the race “the runners are spoiled”. 44F, zero mph wind at 8am, this is not your usual Decker weather.
It isn’t called the Decker Challenge because it’s a little fun-run through Zilker Park. Not quite. The Decker is absolutely one of the toughest road races in Austin and has been for decades. Decker, the third race in the six-race 2015-16 Austin Distance Challenge, is a true test of legs, lung power—and character.