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USA Fit Rockin’ Resolution Race

December 31st, 2018|

I had a couple of weeks between finishing my first full marathon at the beginning of December and running the 3M half in mid January, so when a friend suggested the USA Fit Rockin' Resolution [...]

Georgetown Turkey Trot 5-miler

November 23rd, 2018|

After running the Austin turkey trot for six or seven years, we decided to forego the big downtown crowd and go to Georgetown instead. It starts earlier, gives out long-sleeved tech shirts, oh and my [...]


July 25th, 2018|

My friend Lauren Markowitz Sheinberg is my guest blogger today! This week, something that's pretty commonplace with runners (stashing a water bottle) turned into a neighborhood kerfuffle thanks to social media. Just last week I wrote [...]

Podcasts on the run

July 17th, 2018|

I run by myself a lot. Yeah, I train with a group and we start at the same time, but we’re a wide range of paces so while we are out there together, I’m often [...]

Fit Foodie 5K(ish)

June 24th, 2018|

I’m not sure what I was thinking, signing up for a 5K in June. Oh right. My friends talked me into it. This year's Fit Foodie 5K was held at the Mueller development, a repurposed [...]

Cap 10K race report

April 8th, 2018|

For the first time in eleventy-nine races, I woke up to a morning temperature in the 40s. And it was glorious. Our corral started at 8:30, so it was kind of a chilly wait. But [...]

Zooma Texas half marathon: race report

March 13th, 2018|

Tracking the weather the week before the race, I suspected this race would be a shitshow. And I knew it was going to be a hilly route. I prepared for the hills (and distance) in my [...]

3M Half Marathon: A Tale of Two Cities

January 28th, 2018|

On Tuesday, six days before the race, schools in the Austin area were closed due to icy road conditions that, oddly, got worse as you went south. Temps were in the 20s and a couple [...]

2017 ’80s 8K race report

October 9th, 2017|

The '80s 8K is the first race in the Austin Distance Challenge, so it generated a pretty big crowd at Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park ahead of Sunday morning's 7:30 start. This was my third [...]

The advantages of joining a running group

July 31st, 2017|

Five years ago I joined my first Rogue Running group after I decided to train for the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon. At first I was nervous about joining a group, mostly because I was still [...]

Tri Doc 5K: Melissa’s race report

May 13th, 2017|

Spoiler alert: I did not start first, nor did I finish first. I managed to place third in my age group though–yes, out of more than three people! And I won a raffle prize. But [...]

40th Anniversary Capitol 10K

April 24th, 2017|

Saturday morning, my BRF Sara and I headed down to the Cap 10K expo at the Palmer Events Center. Not ones to wait in line and pay for the privilege to park in the garage, [...]

Vern’s No Frills 5K

April 17th, 2017|

April 15 marked the eighth anniversary of Vern's No Frills 5K, a timed race held the third Saturday of every month at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown. It costs $1, and you can buy a [...]

The final Austin 10/20: race report

April 9th, 2017|

I've run the Austin 10/20 every year except the first one, and each time my friend and I said we won't do it again. The course isn't terribly scenic (Burnet Road, anyone?) and there's not a [...]

How do you display your medals?

March 13th, 2017|

One perk of a distance race is the finisher's medal. In fact, I've been known to sign up for a race based solely on its bling. So over the last several years I've accumulated a [...]

Austin Half Marathon Expo + Race Report

February 21st, 2017|

Austin Half Marathon Expo + Race Report After I finished this race in 2014, I swore I’d never run it again. Yes, it’s Austin’s hometown race, it’s well-organized and draws great crowds. But it’s hilly, [...]

Run the Year 2017

January 3rd, 2017|

“I need something else to work towards or I won’t run. And this would certainly be motivating. But there is no way I can do it except on a team.” And with that text from [...]

What do you do when you can’t run?

December 21st, 2016|

It’s been eleven days since my last run. Last week at school I was short-tempered, easily annoyed, and rolled my eyes a lot. Coincidence? Or just middle-school-before-winter-break? Could go either way. All I know is [...]

Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

December 6th, 2016|

The Trail of Lights Fun Run will go on, rain or shine. Shine it did not. My general rule about rain, cold, and dark is that I can do two out of three. Saturday night’s [...]

Winter Time Change: Friend or Foe?

November 22nd, 2016|

If I ran primarily in the mornings, I suppose I would appreciate the November time change that brings daylight before 7 A.M. But my weekday training runs all happen after work, meaning it’s already dusk [...]

Shiner Beer Run race report

November 21st, 2016|

Last year, one of my BRFs and I went to Shiner as spectators. She had registered early because it sells out fast, but by the time race day came around she was injured so we [...]

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