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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (June 9, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (June 9, 2016)

Summer is just a rumor here. It was so cold on my morning run along a beautiful network of single-track-track trails, I had to wear a long-sleeve shirt. Needless to say, it’s a marked contrast to what has been one of the wettest springs in the memory of the ATX. After splashing our way on run after run this spring, about the last thing on our collective minds right now is summer. But it’ll be here very soon.

Wish

About Wish

Bob “Wish” Wischnia has more than 30 years of running industry experience across publishing, retail, web, and race organization. An Arizona State University alum, Wischnia has been a runner virtually his entire life, still competing in track and road race competitions. And in the free time he’s not pounding the pavement? He’s swimming, cycling, and catching days on the green.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (June 2, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (June 2, 2016)

What makes an ordinary, daily run a great one? Certainly, that differs from runner to runner, but even a great run tends to be fleeting, almost ephemeral. A truly great run doesn’t happen every day on every run. If it did, there would never be any exceptional, memorable runs—they’d all be the same.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (May 20, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (May 20, 2016)

Although I am a political person, I try not to get too political in my weekly musings and updates on the running community. But the recent threats (and suit against the Federal government) by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and henchman-in-chief Dan Patrick over who is allowed to use public facilities is an affront to the Austin running community. Or, at the very least it should be.

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Will Nation Finishes 5th in National Champs 25-K

Will Nation Finishes 5th in National Champs 25-K

Will Nation of Austin placed fifth on Saturday in the USATF 25-Kilometer championships. Nation, the former Texas Longhorn, ran 1:16:39 in the Fifth Third River Bank Run in his best race since turning pro last year. The race–and national championship–was won by Christo Landry in 1:15:31.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (May 12, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (May 12, 2016)

My educated guess is if we avoided racing and the type of training that prepares us to race well, we might largely avoid injuries. But, racing and training for those races is one of the things that makes running worth doing in the first place.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (May 5, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (May 5, 2016)

Do you ever question why you even bother running races? I certainly do. Running is easy; racing is hard and you put yourself at a very real risk of failure. Especially in a marathon. Sometimes it’s great; other times, not so much.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 28, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 28, 2016)

Noted philosopher Yogi Berra, the 20th century’s version of Aristotle, once supposedly said: “Half of baseball is 90 percent mental.” So is running. Actually, sometimes it feels like half of running is 100 percent mental. Especially in the summer.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 21, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 21, 2016)

I don’t happen to be one of those runners who continually looks back and laments how running isn’t the same as it once was. Nothing is. Although the sport still entails putting one foot in front of the other as fast as possible, running, and especially racing, has changed dramatically over the last 30-40 years.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 14, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (April 14, 2016)

When I started running as a third grader, the health benefits of running were largely unknown. Even if I had been aware of the blessings running provides, it wouldn’t have mattered. I was way too young to care. Nevertheless, for the vast majority of us who start running as adults, the bounty of health benefits have always been cited as the main reason why so many begin to run.

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Bussing, Mendez Race to Victories at Cap 10K

Bussing, Mendez Race to Victories at Cap 10K

An overcast and balmy spring morning in Austin, Texas – not exactly ‘perfect’ running conditions – did little to prevent more than 20,000 participants from toeing the line at this year’s Capitol 10,000. The race eclipse the 20K mark on Friday afternoon, a significant jump from previous years and a return to the days when the event was ranked among the biggest 10k’s in the country.

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Kenneth Rotich, Mia Behm Capture Austin 10/20 Titles

Kenneth Rotich, Mia Behm Capture Austin 10/20 Titles

An unseasonably cool April morning greeted more than 5,000 runners in north Austin for the fifth annual Austin 10/20, with temps starting out in the mid to low 40’s. For a distance race in Central Texas, it couldn’t get much better.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 31, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 31, 2016)

Hopefully, Patriot’s Day weather will be cool and with a tail wind this year. As you are running, many thoughts will likely cross your mind during your long journey. And one just might be: Why the heck is Boston and every marathon on the planet precisely 26 miles, 385 yards?

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