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Summer Recovery: The Hard/Easy Method Explained

If you have started your training this summer for a fall marathon or half (or about to start it) and have been closely following a training schedule, you probably will have noticed that there’s always an easy day, recovery run or complete rest day following every hard or long run. This is the classic hard/easy training method that nearly every runner follows. Even though there’s a huge difference among training schedules, every reliable schedule incorporates this hard/easy style of training.

Take Proper Care of Your Feet To Prevent Toenail Damage

It’s undeniable: Men really don’t care what their feet look like as long as all the working parts are functioning effectively. But women runners do care. Ugly, black toenails and other common foot afflictions that are so unsightly, bother women much more than guys. Guy or gal, the feet take a beating when you run. [...]

2017-10-19T00:43:41-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Running Shoes, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Older Runners Alert: How To Guard Against Injuries

Many folks never even begin running until they are well into their 40s and, in some cases, their 50s. Heck, Vance Taylor of the Austin Runners Club, didn't start running until he was nearly 60 and now wins his age group. Good for him. It’s never too late to start a running program. Typically, older [...]

Looking For A Legal Boost in Next Marathon? Caffeine Works

Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news for the past couple of decades as various athletes—including plenty of world-class runners—have attempted all sorts of means to boost performance. Some have been legal; some are not. (See Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Lance Armstrong, Nellie Cruz, ad nauseum). But the most [...]

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 [...]

Coming Back To Running After An Injury

A fact in nearly every runner’s life, is that at some point he or she will suffer a running-related injury. Fortunately, such injuries are rarely serious. Unfortunately, they are often serious enough to temporarily derail your training and possibly, racing plans. The mental pain of not being able to run like you normally would is [...]

Long Run 101: Tips for Beginners Tackling Austin Marathon or 3M Half

As a beginning runner, just about the last thing you probably want to even consider is doing an extremely long, grueling run. Just getting through a run completely around Lady Bird Lake is difficult enough, but going twice as far? Impossible, you might say. But if you harbor any hopes of running the Austin Marathon [...]

Putting “Junk Miles” To Good Use

Whenever you begin a marathon training program, you will hear someone—probably a coach—talk disparagingly about “junk miles.” This coach will warn you about the uselessness of running junk miles—slow, extra miles added to weekly training mileage that serve no purpose. But junk miles can serve a very useful purpose, other than just inflating your weekly [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:26-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , |

Why Do Some Runners Smell Like Ammonia After A Hard Workout?

After a hard workout this summer, some runners will notice a pungent, strong odor that smells a lot like ammonia fumes. For some reason, that smell is most distinctive after a very, long, hot run or a difficult, long race. When sweaty runners are milling around together after a hard summer workout or race, you [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:33-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, News, Training|Tags: , , , |