//Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

On the New Year’s Day runs and long runs last weekend, there was a lot of chatter about New Year’s Resolutions, but I didn’t hear many runners – actually any – who had made a single one. It seems those types of annual resolutions are for other people to make, not us. The old stand-byes of starting an exercise program, quitting smoking, losing weight, running a marathon, ad nauseam – just doesn’t seem to float with too many of us.

We’re already there. We don’t need January 1st to announce to the world what we’re going to do. If we need to do something, we simply do it and get on with life. As usual though, I seemed to be swimming upstream which is exactly why for the first time in 20 years I decided to make my own resolution:

Eat more soup in 2016.

I’m not suggesting this will be life altering, but I come from a soup-eating family. As a kid, soup was always a part of lunch and dinner. If I was ever sick, my mother pumped Jewish penicillin – matzo ball soup – into me. Soup was life itself and we even had special soup spoons which made it taste better.

I must have passed that passion onto my kids. When my daughters were much younger, were so deeply into soup that our vacations were judged not on the fun or adventures we had, but on the memorability of the soups we ate in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, ever since my daughters went off to college, graduated and have gone off to lives of their own, my soup consumption has rapidly declined.

Then, I received a holiday gift certificate from the Soup Peddler which re-kindled my passion: Mulligatawny, cream of mushroom, clam chowder andâ – of course – chicken noodle. And, they deliver!

During our occasional bouts with winter, nothing tastes better than a cup of chicken noodle, lobster bisque or clam chowder. Although we’re barely a week into the New Year, I’ve followed up on my resolution and had soup every single day.

It’s the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made and it’s been taken to new heights by also eating it for breakfast, especially as a post-long run meal along with a breakfast taco. (Thank you Whole Foods.) Eating a steaming bowl of clam chowder or tortilla soup is way better than greasy eggs.

I haven’t made any vows that I can keep this up all year because I’m sure my soup consumption will take a hit when summer swings around again. Still, I’m determined to maintain this as long as I can.

So maybe New Year’s Resolutions aren’t so stupid after all. (Yes, they are.)


O Speaking of New Year’s Resolutions, Lorena Devlyn’s for 2015 was to run a marathon every month. She began her marathon odyssey in January with Houston and finished it last month with the Brazos Bend Marathon. The only blip on her schedule was in October when the floods washed out the Frankenthon Marathon in Cedar Park. Forced to improvise, Lorena ran 26.2 miles the next day by herself all over town. Sure, it counts.

O Former UT long jumper/football star Marquise Goodwin has only caught three passes for the Buffalo Bills over the past two years as injuries have derailed his football career. He’s certainly had greater success on the track where he won two NCAA championships, the ’11 USATF national title and finished 10th in the ’12 Olympics. Last year, he PR’ed with a jump of 27-5½ in the nationals and a month later, Goodwin won a silver medal in the Pan Am Games. Although he earns his bread and butter in football, Goodwin is going to try and qualify for the Olympic team again at the ’16 Trials. And if he makes it to the Rio Games (August 5-21), he’ll miss plenty of time with the Bills. “I’ll be doing track this off season,” said Goodwin who wants to compete in the World Indoors in March. “I’m just trying to accomplish all the dreams I set out to do while I can. Why should I just limit myself to football when I could be competing in two sports?” This will be a particularly critical time for Goodwin as the ’16 season will be the final year of his four-year rookie contract with Buffalo so missing training camp and pre-season games is risky. But, Goodwin said, “I don’t worry about anything. I’m the fastest dude in the league {he has the third fastest 40-yard time ever recorded in the scouting combine}so somebody will want me. Hopefully, that’s the Bills. If not, that’s just the plan God has for me.”

O The UT men’s and women’s track teams have pretty lofty pre-season rankings. The Longhorn guys are ranked number two in the country in the NCAA indoor rankings, while the gals are ranked number three. Both teams finished sixth last year in the NCAA Indoor Champs which will be held this year March 11-12 in Birmingham. The first indoor meet will be January 16th at the Texas A&M Team Invitational. BTW: Track & Field News ranks the Texas women on the 2015-16 roster as the top recruiting class in the country. There are six high school All Americans who are either freshman on the current team or will be freshman in the fall, including distance runner Destiny Collins from Temecula, California.

O David Fuentes was planning all along to use the Jacksonville Half Marathon last weekend as his final tuneup for the US Olympic Marathon Trials, but experienced some calf tightness and pulled out after 10 miles, rather thank risk injury with the Olympic Marathon Trials looming. It wasn’t a biggie and he’s back into full training. Fuentes will be joined in LA by another former Boerne HS runner: Ryan Miller who scored a Trials qualifier in Jacksonville. Another Trials qualifier – former UT star Will Nation – has been battling hip soreness as he gets ready for what will be his second marathon. Says Nation, “My hip has been getting better, but the timing of the injury has been lousy.” Nation has been training with his former UT teammate Rory Tunningley who will run his first marathon in the Olympic Trials.

O Matt Fagan, who has been the race director for the 3M Half Marathon since its inception in 1995, is calling it quits. Fagan is retiring from 3M after 34 years and even though it wasn’t in his job description, devoted much of his time to the half marathon. Conley Sports will manage the January 24th race and next year High Five Events will take over race management.

O There’s a new performance and recovery facility in town called Athletic Outcomes (2301-A, East Riverside #300). Pat and Brittaney Cook have moved here from Chicago and opened the new rehab and coaching center and recovery lounge which has an ice cold tub and recovery pump boots designed for runners, cyclists and triathletes. The website is www.athleticoutcomes.com.

O Congratulations are in order to Jeremy and Lisa (Bender) Thiel – Mr. And Mrs. CrossFit – on the birth of their second child. Lillian Lauretta Thiel was born on New Year’s Day. No word if Lillian has started a strength program yet with mom and dad. More congrats to Trey and Margaret Low on the birth of their second child on Christmas Day.

O Also congrats to Mr. Big Mouth – Logan Delaware – on his engagement to Kate Doyle on Christmas morning. Hope Kate’s a good listener. One more: Beaux Benson and Amber-Dawn Arbo got the New Year off to a bang by getting married on New Year’s Day.

O Under Armour, the sports equipment behemoth is based in Baltimore, but has a major presence in Austin with a beautiful office right off Cesar Chavez just east of Lamar in the complex where the new Trader Joe’s is. That’s where UA’s Connected Fitness Products division is located and the group just launched its first new product. It’s called Healthbox which is a big step forward in wearable tracking technology. The $400 kit consists of a scale, a wearable activity tracker and a heart rate monitor. Along with UA’s mobile app Record, this will give folks who wear this a full time barometer of their fitness and health.

O What I’m listening to this morning: “Scream in Blue“, the great live album by Midnight Oil from their punky ’80s days through the early ’90s.

Have any news for me? If you have something, send it along to wish@texasrunningpost.com.

2017-10-19T00:33:01-05:00 Categories: Heard Around the Lake|Tags: , , , , , , |