I got my first taste of road racing as an intern for the 2007 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Yeah, I wasn’t even a runner, but that quickly changed. I became immersed in the Austin running culture and smitten with the idea that another sport (besides football and baseball) would allow me to push myself and test my limits. Throughout the years there have been plenty of road races, completing many 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a marathon (2015 Austin!). But I’ve never raced; never thought of winning. I’ve never wanted to win; never thought I could win. I’ve never worked to better my time to win. I’ve never trained and pushed myself to win.
Do you have forefoot pain? Does the area right under your toes—especially the big toe--get sore after running? If it does, you already know this is not very pleasant.
Last summer, 66-year-old Austinite Bobby Atnip went out for his usual run around Lady Bird Lake, something he's been doing for more than 40 years. Cognizant of not just his surroundings but also his own body, Atnip slowed to a walk with the onset of severe chest pain. Knowing this was far from the norm, [...]
Food is medicine. Or can be. What you eat (or don't eat) can have a significant affect on your good health - and, of course, your running. Many of the minor health issues runners have are the body's way of sending a signal that you must eat differently. More specifically, you aren't getting enough of [...]
Athlete’s foot doesn’t rank up there with cancer and heart disease for its tragic effects, but it is an ugly, irritating skin infection that bothers countless runners. Once your feet begin to itch between the toes you know something is developing that isn’t good. Next, your feet get very dry and the skin cracks between your toes. Yuck. Welcome to the wonderful world of athlete’s foot.
Exercise-induced asthma is a condition that affects thousands and thousands of runners—and many are unaware they suffer from it. Such former great runners as Alberto Salazar, Doug Padilla, Keith Brantley, Mary Slaney and Jackie Joyner Kersee have all suffered from it and all found remedies. Exercise-induced asthma is a common condition which is easily treatable [...]
Iron deficiency is one of the more common medical conditions among runners. Especially women. Consider the fact that more than one out of every five American women between the ages of 13 and 50 suffers from iron deficiency. That rate is certainly higher among American women who run. (Among men, about one out of every [...]
Heart disease can generally be traced to a single cause: Narrowing of the coronary arteries. This is a medical condition called “coronary atherosclerosis” which occurs when your arteries become congested and clogged with cholesterol. If this condition becomes severe enough, you will have a heart attack. Fortunately, regular exercise, such as running, greatly reduces the [...]