AUSTIN MARATHON 2017 This plan is mostly comprised of things to help a marathoner but can be adapted to help half marathoners as well. PRE-RACE: This is your race week! All the hard work, early Saturday mornings, long runs, sacrifice, etc. will pay off on Sunday. You are ready. The hay is in [...]
To help ensure you have everything you need prior to your race, on race day, and even after, we have provided a check list. All runners, new and experienced, should use this check list to ensure a successful race! Race Week Check List: Start 4 days (local races) to 7 days (destination races) before your [...]
Sports drinks are everywhere. They have become so ubiquitous that you can find a cooler full of sports drinks at just about any gas station, convenience store or grocery store (except Whole Foods) in Central Texas.
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.
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.)
Last summer, 66-year-old Austinite Bobby Atnip went out for his usual run around Lady Bird Lake, something he's been doing for more than 40 years. Cognizant of not just his surroundings but also his own body, Atnip slowed to a walk with the onset of severe chest pain. Knowing this was far from the norm, [...]
Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 14th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to start formulating a game plan today. You had a training plan to prepare you for the Austin Marathon; now you need a marathon plan. Failure to have a good one is a prescription for failure.
Food is medicine. Or can be. What you eat (or don't eat) can have a significant affect on your good health - and, of course, your running. Many of the minor health issues runners have are the body's way of sending a signal that you must eat differently. More specifically, you aren't getting enough of [...]
Runners tend to be a ritualistic group. At least, good runners are. Invariably, they will wear the same shoes and clothes to race, eat virtually the same meals the night before and will follow the same routine the morning of the big race. Some call this boring.
One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is also one of the simplest: Don’t try to do anything on race day which you haven't done in training. The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements. Doing so, might work out but chances are that experimenting with something [...]
Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news for the past couple of decades as various athletes—including plenty of world-class runners—have attempted all sorts of means to boost performance. Some have been legal; some are not. (See Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Lance Armstrong, Nellie Cruz, ad nauseum).
If you’re running the Austin Marathon on Sunday, you might be wondering about the concept known as “carbohydrate-loading.” If you're new to marathoning and confused about this, it's an important concept to understand before this week's final countdown to marathon Sunday. (Carbo-loading isn't advantageous to half marathoners.)
With the bulk of the racing season just around the corner (the Rogue 30-K is Sunday, 3M Half is January 25th and the Austin Marathon is February 15th), it is high time to begin developing a nutrition game plan for those races. Certainly, carbohydrate-loading should be part of your pre-race plan—especially for the Austin Marathon. [...]
There isn’t a runner on the planet who hasn’t had at least occasional trouble falling asleep before an important race. Just when you most need a full night’s rest, you spend the night, tossing and turning. What can you do? And if you don’t sleep well, will it sabotage your big race? Certainly, the quality [...]
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 [...]