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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 [...]

Run for the Water 2016 Race Report

November 7th, 2016|

Run for the Water 2016 Race Report The bonus of waking up at 5:30 and driving downtown before daybreak for a race? Seeing the UT Tower still lit up orange from Saturday's football victory. At that hour, [...]


October 17th, 2016|

I’m not terribly social. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that I am terrible at being social. Either way, when I first started running, I ran alone. No one in my family or my [...]

Race Report: Run Free Texas ‘80s 8K

October 4th, 2016|

I signed up for this race knowing it was the week before a bigger race on my calendar. I figured five-ish miles was a good week-before-the-race distance, I just wouldn’t push too hard. To be [...]

To Keep It Going, Mix It Up

April 28th, 2014|

One of my favorite quotes ever about running comes from Robert deCastella, who, back in the day, ran pretty fast: “The only secret is that it is consistent, often monotonous, boring, hard work. And it's [...]

Changing the Focus (SchrupThink)

April 8th, 2014|

The Boston Marathon is around the corner which for many (over 200 runners from Austin, not counting the hundreds others spread across central Texas) is the high point of the year. It is the grandest [...]

Getting Ready for the Big Heat (SchrupThink)

April 1st, 2014|

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 [...]