//Training Tips

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 [...]

Lose Your Mojo The Summer? Here’s How to Recapture It

It happens to all of us sooner or later. Especially during the summer. The excitement of starting a new training program has begun to wear off and all of a sudden, you feel tired and bored with running. Every time you even think about going for a run, you have plenty of reasons not to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Who, What, When, How and Why of High Mileage Training

Greg Strosaker is a Cleveland-area pediatrician, marathoner and coach. This was excerpted from his terrific running blog: The Predawn Runner. The Who, What, When, How and Why of High Mileage Training One of the bigger areas of debate among runners and coaches is the tradeoff between quantity of miles (or kilometers, of course) and quality [...]

Abdominal Strength Leads to Better Form and Endurance

To runners, a strong, rock hard six-pack means more than just looking good on the beach. Healthy, well-constructed abdominal muscles are essential for effective distance running. Strong abdominals are important because they help provide good running posture, a stable stride and some degree of protection from lower-back and leg injuries. Clearly, strengthening the abs is [...]

Water Works: How To Use Pool Running To Supplement Your Summer Running

My calendar says it’s still spring, but sure feels like we're already knee-deep into summer. It hasn't gotten disgusting quite yet, but it's just around the corner (otherwise, known as May). You don’t need me to tell you that the heat and humidity around here makes running pretty darn tough. That is, running on dry [...]

Sampling of Great Running Quotes for Your Frig or Bulletin Board

We can often draw inspiration from other runners who have experienced many of the same highs and lows in training and racing as we have. Regardless of your level of ability or fitness, there’s a commonality among runners who share the pleasures (and pains) of training and racing. Here are some of my favorite running [...]

The Mind + Body Connection (SchrupThink, Feb. 25, 2014)

It seems that recently I’ve seen more on the discussion about how combining the training of the mental and physical aspects of running results in greater benefit than when those aspects are trained separately.  We’ve known that all along, you might argue, because anyone who has completed a marathon will tell you that the mental [...]