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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're a fitness runner who only rarely enters local road races with a goal of just finishing, read no more. This article is not for you. But if you are someone who challenges themselves several times a year in important races and going for age-group honors, you probably have asked yourself more than once: Should I wear racing shoes?
Tuesday's announcement of the sale of Conley Sports, which has owned and directed the Austin Marathon for nine years, to locally owned High Five Events, was met with a mixture of relief and sadness by the Austin running community. Sorry to see John and Stacey Conley sold their marquee event, but elated that the race is remaining in the capable, experienced hands of the High Five crew.
Jack Murray, president of Bicycle World and one of the co-owners of High Five Events, sat down with Texas Running Post for coffee on Wednesday morning to discuss his company's purchase of the Austin Marathon from Conley Sports and the future of the race. High Five already manages the Capitol 10,000 and will manage the '17 edition of the 3M Half Marathon as well as the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.
High Five Events of Austin has purchased Conley Sports from John and Stacey Conley, the long-time owners and producer of the Austin Marathon. High Five is owned and operated by Dan Carroll and Jack Murray and Stacy Keese, Murray's wife and business partner.
This Sunday will mark the ninth edition of the Gazelle Foundation's Run for the Water 10-Miler--one of the crown jewels of the Austin Distance Challenge. A record field of 6,000 is expected for this year’s races (including a 5-K and a Kids K) which promises to be the most prestigious and competitive in the race's history.
One of the aspects I like the most about marathoning is you can't fake it. Unlike other sports where you can make a lucky basket, get a fluke hit or just happen to connect on a great drive or putt, there is no luck involved in the marathon.
How many times have you heard this one: “Running is so boring. I don't know how you keep running and aren't bored to death by it.” Let me just throw this out there: I never get bored with running. My guess is you don't either. So maybe I am preaching to the choir, but it's always seemed such a paradox that the people who criticize running as boring, never run.
It's official: The new smoking are the twin evils of soda and...sitting. Both are serious health hazards. Drinking soda has been demonized in the past few years as leading to obesity, diabetes and all sorts of other diseases. I don't drink soda, but like everybody who has a desk job, I sure sit around a lot which can lead to the same crap.It's official: The new smoking are the twin evils of soda and...sitting. Both are serious health hazards. Drinking soda has been demonized in the past few years as leading to obesity, diabetes and all sorts of other diseases. I don't drink soda, but like everybody who has a desk job, I sure sit around a lot which can lead to the same crap.
There’s no better way to give summer the boot and usher in the fall racing season than with the annual meeting of the tribes this Friday night at the Zilker Relays. For the 13th year, the Zilker Relays will put a capper on the summer with a four-person, 10-mile relay around beautiful Zilker Park.