//Mental Focus - Motivation

Cold Season Is Here; Should You Run Through It?

The common cold. It nails each and everyone of us sooner or later with all the classic symptoms: Raw, raspy throat, stuffy nose and an achy body. Some days it’s just tough to get out of bed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that this year there will be more than [...]

How To Be A Running Mentor (Your Non-Running Friends Need Help)

As a parent, you have probably experienced the wonderment of the huge amount of influence (positive or negative) of the first close friends your children have over them. It’s natural. Someone from your peer group is likely to have greater sway with someone than, say, a mom or dad. So, too, in running. As a [...]

10 Tips to Stay Motivated This Winter

OK, you have to admit we have it pretty good here in Central Texas. Winter is just something we hear about from other parts of the country. Even though winter won't technically arrive for another month (December 21st), it's still felt an awfully lot like winter the past couple of weeks. Although it doesn't usually [...]

How To Mentally Focus During Upcoming Half or Marathon

With three of the biggest, most important races in Austin coming up— the Rogue 30-K (January 11), the 3M Half Marathon on January 25 and the Austin Marathon (and Half) on February 15th—one of the most important factors which will determine how well you run in these great races is your ability to concentrate. Without [...]

The Runner’s High: How To Get A Good Buzz

The runner’s high is getting some good press again as researchers have concluded that it is a very real, tangible by-product of running. Simply said, the runner’s high does exists. It is not an illusion or mythical condition. If you’re a new runner, you’ve probably at least heard something about the runner’s high and wondered [...]

The Joys of Solo Running

For most runners—especially beginners--the advantages of training with a group are almost too numerous to mention. But for many runners, group running is simply not an option. Whether it’s lack of time, schedule conflicts or even a preference, many runners go solo on at least some—if not most--of their runs during a given week. Because [...]

Training with Mac: The Mental Aspect to Training

A huge part of running is how to make yourself go when you just don’t feel like it. In this regard, you could say that half of our sport is mental. In other words the mind is what makes you get up and go and helps you run your run best when you need it. [...]

Making The Long Run Easier

There’s just no way of getting around the fact that the most important element of any marathon or even half marathon training program is the long run. It is absolutely essential that every aspiring marathoner consistently logs numerous long runs during the three or four month marathon buildup period. It’s quite simple: Do the long [...]

Marathon Mileage: Finding the Right Balance

Nobody can tell you precisely how many miles per week you need to run to successfully complete your first marathon or half marathon. Every runner is different as are the individual goals and levels of ability. But one of the most important questions any runner—regardless of experience—must answer when training for the marathon is how [...]

How To Prepare to Run Through the Pain

Let’s face it: Sometimes it hurts to run and sometimes it hurts a lot to race. Anyone who says a marathon is easy has never run a marathon. Anyone who has run one will tell you at some point during the race, the going can get very tough. With aching muscles in the depth of [...]

Runner’s Withdrawal Syndrome: Mentally Coping With an Injury

As a committed runner, we all know that the hardest part isn’t the daily training we do. Instead, it’s coping with an injury when you can’t run at all. A non-runner would think downtime is a welcome break from running, but just the opposite is true. An injured runner often becomes cranky and irritable and [...]

Lose Your Mojo The Summer? Here’s How to Recapture It

It happens to all of us sooner or later. Especially during the summer. The excitement of starting a new training program has begun to wear off and all of a sudden, you feel tired and bored with running. Every time you even think about going for a run, you have plenty of reasons not to [...]

Should You Run Through A Minor Injury?

Just about every runner who trains consistently and with any degree of intensity will suffer some type of injury. The stress of training and the repetitive nature of the sport makes it almost inevitable that somewhere along the way you will suffer an injury. But fortunately, most running injuries are relatively minor and heal quickly. [...]

A Starting Line

Recently, I was discussing race strategy with a runner I coach about her goal time for an upcoming race. Her goal was going to be a personal best by a challenging margin. Even so, all her training had indicated that she could achieve it. My question to her was: Did she believe it? When I [...]

Lessons from a National Championship

On Sunday fans all across Central Texas celebrated an NBA National Championship as the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.  A much smaller but equally rabid fan base celebrated another national championship: one that announced the arrival of a superstar who has the ability to take her place among Austin [...]