//Beginner's Corner

Information for beginner runners, triathletes, and more!

Not another post offering tips for running in the heat

This time of year, every running publication posts articles offering tips for running when it’s hot. You know, wear light-colored clothing, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, drink lots of water, and avoid running during the heat of the day. But when you live in a climate where summer temperatures don’t drop below 80* overnight, [...]

Planning Checklist For Your Next Race (Maybe Houston Marathon)

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 [...]

An Unlikely Runner

I'm not an elite runner. In fact, when I first started--fresh off the couch--I worried about finishing last, especially at small races. I felt out of place, like it was totally obvious to everyone that I didn't really belong there. I tried to remind myself that I'd gotten into running for myself, not anyone else, [...]

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My First ‘Race’

I got my first taste of road racing as an intern for the 2007 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Yeah, I wasn’t even a runner, but that quickly changed. I became immersed in the Austin running culture and smitten with the idea that another sport (besides football and baseball) would allow me to push myself and test my limits. Throughout the years there have been plenty of road races, completing many 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a marathon (2015 Austin!). But I’ve never raced; never thought of winning. I’ve never wanted to win; never thought I could win. I’ve never worked to better my time to win. I’ve never trained and pushed myself to win.

Avoiding Overtraining

It isn't exactly a newsflash that we runners are an awfully disciplined, highly motivated group of achievement-oriented, dedicated people. Maybe too dedicated. At least some time we are. To run a marathon or even a half marathon, obviously takes a lot of dedication to put in all the training miles. But many of us tend to do too much and run too many miles, hills, long runs and speed work. If you do, you certainly can get in great shape, but once you go overboard, all the work you put in can develop into overtraining and it’s just as serious a problem for marathoners as training too little. Maybe even more so.

Eight Reasons It’s Okay To Bail On Your Run Today

There's absolutely no question that running is a difficult sport. Certainly, it's extremely rewarding, but any long-term training program is a major undertaking requiring a significant commitment. Take a look at what training is. Basically, it's hard, physical work which essentially boils down to adding specific stresses to your mind and body over a certain period of time.

When the Best Time of Day Is For Running

Do you often feel on a morning run that every step feels like you’re running in cement shoes? Or, on a lunch time run with co-workers, does it feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders as you plod along ever so slowly? But after work, you often feel like you’re flying during a workout. What’s up with that?

2017-10-19T00:33:04+00:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Long Run Tips, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Getting in the Zone: Don’t Think, Just Run

Something you constantly hear athletes talking about in any sport is being in the zone. Although it means different things to different athletes in different sports, being in the zone in running means being able to go beyond what you would normally be able to run in either a workout or a race.

Stretching: The Key To Injury-Free Running

Most runners hate to stretch. Especially guys. We complain about lack of flexibility, but do nothing about it. Most of us who can do two-hour runs (or longer) never seem to be able to find an extra 10 minutes to stretch. Recently, I had one friend tell me something to the effect that real runners don’t stretch. Of course, when he was telling me this he was hobbling around with a calf injury.

Beginners’ Guide For Running Shoe Shopping: Choosing the Right Shoe For You

There are so many running shoe brands and and such a wide variety of different models that buying the perfect shoe for you and your running needs isn't always easy. Experienced runners have a pretty good idea what their needs are and which type of shoes has worked well in the past, but for a beginner or relatively new runner, the shoe buying process can be an intimidating, confusing experience.

2017-10-19T00:33:09+00:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Gear, Running Shoes, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Keep Injuries At Bay With These 10 Tips

Injuries are a fact of the running life. Especially for a newbie. Nearly every runner will get injured at some point, but fortunately most of the common running injuries that plague runners are minor—and avoidable. Obviously, prevention is the best way to go either by eliminating the causes or by listening to the body’s warning signs and taking a break.