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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.

How To Prepare to Run Through the Pain

Let’s face it: Sometimes it hurts to run and sometimes it hurts a lot to race. Anyone who says a marathon is easy has never run a marathon. Anyone who has run one will tell you at some point during the race, the going can get very tough. With aching muscles in the depth of [...]

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 [...]

What To Wear On Cold Weather Runs

With the first real blast of cold air from the north, what suffices for winter has arrived in Central Texas. In some ways, that’s a good thing for folks who are in the middle of marathon training. It's simply easier to run long and hard in cold, dry weather than in the warm, humid temperatures [...]

2017-10-19T00:43:44-05:00 Categories: Gear, Running Clothes, Training, Training Tips|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Why The Marathon Is Exactly 26 Miles, 385 Yards

If you are running a marathon this fall (or already have run one), many thoughts will cross your mind during your long journey. And just one of them one just might be: Why the heck is a marathon precisely 26 miles, 385 yards (26.2 miles)? Or 42.195 kilometers for our metric friends? It’s a good [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:25-05:00 Categories: Full and Half Marathon, Road Races, Training|Tags: , , |

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: , , , |

When In Doubt, Freeze It

Just the other morning, I finished another hot long run with my training group and while we were trying to rehydrate, a relative newbie came by and asked me the best to treat a sore calf muscle that had been bothering him. He was diligently stretching the calf after every run, followed immediately by a [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:31-05:00 Categories: Ask the Coaches, Ice Advice, Injury Recovery, 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: , , , |

How To Stay Motivated This Summer

Let’s face it: Staying motivated to run during our summer inferno can be awfully darned tough. Especially for the many beginners who cite the lack of motivation as the biggest obstacle they face to maintaining a walking or running program. Sometimes, it is difficult just to find a reason to run or walk at all [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:34-05:00 Categories: Running in Heat-Cold-Rain, Training|Tags: , , , |

Beginner’s Corner: Goals For Newbies

Have you already started a running or walking program this summer? Or are thinking about getting going? That’s awesome. Running and/or walking is the best, most efficient aerobic exercises you can do. Even in this heat. One of the keys to maintaining your running or walking regimen is compiling a list of achievable goals that [...]

2017-10-19T00:44:35-05:00 Categories: Beginner's Corner, Training|Tags: , , , |