//Beginner's Corner

Information for beginner runners, triathletes, and more!

Austin Marathon Newbies? It’s Time To Work On Your Marathon Plan

Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 15th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to formulate 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.

How To Carry and Use Energy Gels for Austin Marathon

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. [...]

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 [...]

Running With Exercise-induced Asthma

Exercise-induced asthma is a condition that affects thousands and thousands of runners—and many are unaware they suffer from it. Such former great runners as Alberto Salazar, Doug Padilla, Keith Brantley, Mary Slaney and Jackie Joyner Kersee have all suffered from it and all found remedies. Exercise-induced asthma is a common condition which is easily treatable [...]

2017-10-19T00:38:57+00:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Use Shorter Races This Fall To Build Marathon Success

Running a marathon isn’t quite as simple as waking up one morning and deciding to jump into the starting corral and cruise through 26.2 miles. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Nor would it be as rewarding and as great a life-affirming experience as completing a marathon can be. Instead, training properly [...]

Training with Mac: How To Use Austin Hills for Speed and Strength

This is Hill Country and here in Austin we certainly have more than our fair share of great hills for running. We're fortunate to have so many classic climbs as hills and hill repeats are an important component of any solid training program. Running hills properly and with consistency will build strength and mental tenacity. [...]

Chafing Got You Down On Long Runs? Here’s How To Avoid It

If you are just starting to do longer and longer runs in anticipating of the fall-winter marathon and half-marathon season, chances are good that soon you may become familiar with an irritating condition that troubles many runners: Chafing. On the surface, chafing isn’t a serious running injury. Don't tell though to a runner midway through [...]

Training With Mac: Intro to Speed – How To Get Faster and Stronger This Year

For a distance runner, the most important element of running faster is endurance. All the miles you log, including the easy miles of the long run, are the endurance base you need. But once that cake is baked, it becomes the time to put the icing on the cake. That entails training for the element [...]

Training with Mac: Finding the Right Weekly Mileage

If you are just starting a buildup for a late fall marathon, one of the parameters you'll have to figure out is your weekly mileage. That mileage can go up some weeks and down during others, but you need a solid approximation of how many miles—on average—you'll run. As marathoners, we're all ambitious people but [...]

Training With Mac: Easy Mileage is the Key

When it comes to training, your mileage, week in and week out, is the most important aspect in reaching your full potential to become a better, faster runner. But finding that sweet spot of the ideal weekly mileage isn't always easy. What exactly that mileage is depends on a lot of factors, but determining what [...]

2017-10-19T00:39:10+00:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Summer Speed: How To Jump Start Fast Twitch Fibers

Every single runner who has ever pulled on a pair of running shoes wants to get faster. It doesn’t matter if you’re the slowest runner on the planet or the fastest, we all have a desire to get faster. Everyone does. But already fit runners who have been diligently running the same workouts for months [...]

Newbie Runners Have Excuses? We Have Solutions

Let’s face it: Starting a running program—especially in the blazing heat of summer--isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. If it was, everyone would be running. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) The problem with getting into a consistent running program is we allow obstacles—real or imagined—to get in our way and too often, they [...]

2017-10-19T00:39:55+00:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

How To Get Motivated and Stay Motivated This Summer

One of the primary needs most often cited by beginners and veteran runners alike is the need to be motivated to continue running. No wonder. Running is not an easy sport, especially during our long, hot summer. Even though, there’s little technique involved in running and just about anyone can do it, training to run [...]