/Race Day Tips

Get Ready for the Polar Vortex: Here’s What to Wear

As we await for the Polar Vortex to blast Central Texas, we can—at least—be thankful we don't live in the frozen north. We're especially fortunate the type of winter weather we get, doesn't slow us down. At least, not much. Still, the windy, cold weather we're expected to get, forces every Texan to pay a [...]

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. [...]

Here’s How to Warm Up For Distance Challenge Races

Now that we're knee deep into the 2014-15 Austin Fit Distance Challenge series, one of the most ignored aspects of racing should get your attention: Doing a proper pre-race warm up. If you want to run your best in the series, focus on doing a good warmup in the next two races—the Decker Challenge and [...]

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 [...]

Cramps A Problem In Summer Heat? Here’s Some Help

Has this ever happened to you? You had a great long run or race in the morning and when you go to bed, you quickly drifted off into a deep, deep sleep. You’re right in the middle of some fantastic dream, when all of a sudden, a cramp slams you right in the belly of [...]

Iron Deficiency – What Is It and Why Are Runners at Risk?

Iron deficiency is one of the more common medical conditions among runners. Especially women. Consider the fact that more than one out of every five American women between the ages of 13 and 50 suffers from iron deficiency. That rate is certainly higher among American women who run. (Among men, about one out of every [...]

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 [...]

Going Long This Summer? Here’s How To Make Long Runs Easier

For all the Central Texas runners planning a fall marathon, their weekends will now be dominated by the long run. Heat and humidity be damned, there’s just no way of getting around the fact that the most important element of any marathon training program is the long run. It is absolutely essential that every marathoner [...]