//Training Tips

How To Carbo Load for Austin Marathon

If you’re running the Austin Marathon next Sunday (February 16th) , you’ve probably heard of the concept known as “carbohydrate-loading.” If you're new to marathoning and have never heard of this, it's an important concept to understand as you approach your final week. Simply put, carbo-loading is when you switch over from your regular eating [...]

Tapering’s for Suckers: How to Peak for the Austin Marathon

If you’re one of the thousands of Austin runners training for the Austin Marathon or Half marathon on February 16th, congratulations on all the long runs and training efforts you’ve put in the past several months. Most of the really hard training is behind you and marathon day will be here before you know it. [...]

Use Your Final Pre-Marathon Long Runs To Test Strategy, Equipment and Nutrition

One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is also one of the simplest: Don’t try to do anything on race day which you haven't done in training. The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements. Doing so, might work out but chances are that experimenting with something [...]

Moving Up: How To Go From A Half-Marathon To Your First Marathon

Completing a half marathon is a major accomplishment. But after you have done your first half (or have run several) you will undoubtedly at least be thinking about moving up in distance to the full Monty—the 26.2-mile challenge. Now chances are after you have crossed the finish line of a half marathon, you probably felt [...]

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 [...]

How To Downhill Train For Upcoming Distance Challenge Races

If you are running the Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge series or any of the races in the series, be advised that that one of the keys to running well in any of the remaining races in the series, including this Sunday's Run for the Water 10-Miler, will be your ability to to get up [...]

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), [...]