//Beginner's Corner

Information for beginner runners, triathletes, and more!

The 10 Commandments of Healthy Running

Regardless of your ability, speed or body shape, the greatest challenge almost all runners face—especially beginners—is staying healthy. By the very nature of the aerobic benefits running provides, we are certainly healthier than our sedentary counterparts, but runners tend to pick up all sorts of niggling injuries. Usually our injuries aren’t too serious, but even [...]

A Follow Up To Mizuno’s “What If Everybody Ran?” (SchrupThink)

A few weeks back, one of the major footwear companies introduced a marketing campaign in which they asked people to ask the question, What if Everybody Ran? http://www.mizunousa.com/running/what-if-everybody-ran It’s a clever campaign in that it ultimately goes existential by connecting running to our natural inclination to move—were we born to run? After a solitary, crisp [...]

Take Proper Care of Your Feet To Prevent Toenail Damage

It’s undeniable: Men really don’t care what their feet look like as long as all the working parts are functioning effectively. But women runners do care. Ugly, black toenails and other common foot afflictions that are so unsightly, bother women much more than guys. Guy or gal, the feet take a beating when you run. [...]

2017-10-19T00:43:41-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Running Shoes, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Coping With Winter Winds

For Central Texans in the summer, it’s the heat and humidity. In the winter, we get the wind. Either condition can be brutal. But unlike the heat and humidity that are a constant on just about any summer run, the winter wind is either your best friend or worst enemy. When a stiff breeze is [...]

Looking For A Legal Boost in Next Marathon? Caffeine Works

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, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Lance Armstrong, Nellie Cruz, ad nauseum). But the most [...]

Getting Motivated for the Long Runs

We've had a few questions from beginning runners on some of our long-run articles, but the one that keeps cropping up the most is how do you get motivated to do a long run? It's a good question. We'll delve a little deeper into the long run with a few logistical things we've picked up [...]

Long Run 101: Tips for Beginners Tackling Austin Marathon or 3M Half

As a beginning runner, just about the last thing you probably want to even consider is doing an extremely long, grueling run. Just getting through a run completely around Lady Bird Lake is difficult enough, but going twice as far? Impossible, you might say. But if you harbor any hopes of running the Austin Marathon [...]

Putting “Junk Miles” To Good Use

Whenever you begin a marathon training program, you will hear someone—probably a coach—talk disparagingly about “junk miles.” This coach will warn you about the uselessness of running junk miles—slow, extra miles added to weekly training mileage that serve no purpose. But junk miles can serve a very useful purpose, other than just inflating your weekly [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:26-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , |

Newbie Alert: Stay Off Concrete Roads and Sidewalks

There's no getting around it: Road running is hard on the body. It just is. Especially since the two predominant surfaces are either concrete or asphalt (macadam). Or a combination of the two. Both are hard, unforgiving surfaces and, given a choice, many newbies wonder which one is best for running. A better question might [...]

How To Shop For Running Shoes, What To Do Once At A Running Store

Buying a good pair of running shoes should be fairly simple, but for a beginner it can be an intimidating, daunting experience. Sorting through all the neat, new shoes models with their high-tech wizardry can be as confusing as a foreign language. Actually, running shoes do have a language all its own. To sort through [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:30-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Gear, Running Shoes|Tags: , , , |

Fall, Winter Marathons and Half Marathons: Can I Really Do One?

If you have never run a marathon, you probably have at least given passing thought about running either a full or half marathon. Good thinking. Completing either the 13.1-mile half marathon or the full Monty—26.2 miles—is certainly a formidable undertaking, but it is one that just about any reasonably healthy, properly motivated person can accomplish. [...]

Why Do Some Runners Smell Like Ammonia After A Hard Workout?

After a hard workout this summer, some runners will notice a pungent, strong odor that smells a lot like ammonia fumes. For some reason, that smell is most distinctive after a very, long, hot run or a difficult, long race. When sweaty runners are milling around together after a hard summer workout or race, you [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:33-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, News, Training|Tags: , , , |

Are Sports Drinks Worth It This Summer?

Sports drinks are everywhere. They have become so common that you can find a cooler full of sports drinks such as Gatorade, All Sport and Powerade at any gas station, convenience store or grocery store (well, except Whole Foods) across Central Texas. Gatorade - by far the industry leader - has become almost as generic [...]