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Austin Marathon Strategies for First Timers

Austin Marathon Strategies for First Timers

Don’t look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 14th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to start formulating a game plan today. You had a training plan to prepare you for the Austin Marathon; now you need a marathon plan. Failure to have a good one is a prescription for failure.

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6000+ Runners Expected for 22nd Annual 3M Half Marathon on Sunday

6000+ Runners Expected for 22nd Annual 3M Half Marathon on Sunday

On-line registration closes tomorrow night (January 20) at midnight for the crown jewel of the Austin racing season: The 3M Half Marathon. Long recognized as one of the top half marathons in the country, 3M has earned national recognition due to its fast, north-to-south course, peerless race organization and over-the-top goodie bag of 3M products.

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Austin Runners Rock PRs in Houston Marathon and Half

Austin Runners Rock PRs in Houston Marathon and Half

HOUSTON – Austinites were so much in evidence in Houston this weekend running the Chevron Marathon, Aramco Half or the ABB 5-K, that it was difficult wherever one went – expo, starting lines, restaurants – to not run into a fellow Austin runner or clumps of them. Every training group from Austin was well-represented with herds of Gilberts Gazelles, Rogue Runners and other groups cruising around downtown.

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Ryan Hall Retires

Ryan Hall Retires

The New York Times was the first to report the story earlier today: Hall, 33, who was one of the last remaining hopes for an American front-runner in this summer’s Olympic marathon, is succumbing to chronically low testosterone levels and […]

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Jan. 7, 2016)

On the New Year’s Day runs and long runs last weekend, there was a lot of chatter about New Year’s Resolutions, but I didn’t hear many runners – actually any – who had made a single one. It seems those types of annual resolutions are for other people to make, not us. The old stand-byes of starting an exercise program, quitting smoking, losing weight, running a marathon, ad nauseam – just doesn’t seem to float with too many of us.

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Rogue 30-K On Tap for Sunday; Chilly Weather Forecasted

Rogue 30-K On Tap for Sunday; Chilly Weather Forecasted

The 4th Annual Rogue Distance Festival, which will be held this Sunday (January 10th) in Cedar Park, has plenty to offer: Two race distances held at virtually the same time on a very flat, fast course, with good logistics and a warm, dry spot for pre and post-race activities.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 17, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 17, 2015)

Tell me if this hasn’t happened to you: You and/or your training group follow a hard long run with a few short laps around the parking lot just to even out the mileage on your GPS because a round number and looks a lot better than say 18.7.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 10, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 10, 2015)

After finishing the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday and dawdling around in the Alamodome parking lot socializing for an hour or so, I jogged back to my hotel, backtracking along the course. I’ve always secretly hated these guys who finish a race way ahead and seem to be taunting me by doing their cool downs on the course while I’m still struggling to the finish.
On Sunday, I was that guy.

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Ideal Weather Expected for Decker Challenge on Sunday

Ideal Weather Expected for Decker Challenge on Sunday

It isn’t called the Decker Challenge because it’s a little fun-run through Zilker Park. Not quite. The Decker is absolutely one of the toughest road races in Austin and has been for decades. Decker, the third race in the six-race 2015-16 Austin Distance Challenge, is a true test of legs, lung power—and character.

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 (Dec. 3, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 3, 2015)

I try not to get too political in this forum, but after yet another massacre, it’s impossible to think of anything else this morning. The politicians in the bag of the NRA have been quick to comment and caution us against over reaction and how now is not the time to talk about banning the type of automatic weapons and armor-piercing bullets like so many of our mass murderers use to slaughter children and so many others caught in their cross hairs.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 12, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 12, 2015)

Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can’t contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I’ve been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can’t contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I’ve been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 5, 2015)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Nov. 5, 2015)

The University of Texas has a long, distinguished track history and, over the years, has won 11 NCAA team championships. But UT has never been a distance power comparable to such historically strong programs such as Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin or Arkansas.

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