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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 [...]

Training With Mac: Building Strength Through Speed Work

There's no question that doing regular speed work will build your speed, but speed work can also build strength. For distance runners, this strength running is the most important type of speed work you can do. It is also the type of speed work you should totally focus on during a training season in which [...]

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 [...]

Preparing Your Training For Summer Heat

The official first day of summer isn't until June 21st but if you've stepped outside recently you aren't fooled by some date on the calendar. The wonderful world of Central Texas summer running is here. We had a relatively cool winter and spring, but the climate folks are predicting yet another extremely warm summer for [...]

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 [...]

Summer’s Here (Well, Almost): How To Protect Against Heat Exhaustion

Don't know how to break the news to you, but summer's here. Sorry. The calendar might say it's still spring, but whoever believes that lives in Minnesota. For the next three months we will be smack dab in the middle of the worst running weather Central Texans annually face. Our summer dynamic duo of extreme [...]

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 [...]

Getting Ready for the Big Heat (SchrupThink)

Heeeeeeeere’s Summer! While other, less fortunate parts of the country get another blizzard upside the head, Austin is in the midst of another luxurious (maybe a bit breezy) spring.  Sure, our springs are brief, but they are a thing of real beauty.  And they should be cherished, reveled in and experienced to the fullest because [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

FAQs On Hydration Needs This Summer

Water truly is the key to life. Without it, there is no life. Especially a running life here in Central Texas. Being adequately hydrated before, during and after every run, is an absolute must to safe, healthy running during the summer heat. Certainly, adequate hydration is key for any person—runner or not—but a runner’s hydration [...]

How to Stay Motivated This Long, Hot Summer

Let's face it: Running through another hot Texas summer is not easy. But it can be done. Being highly motivated helps. I read an article on motivation and drive at Art and Interior. I thought I would write here what I've learned from that and my past experience. Getting properly motivated to run (or race), [...]

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