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

I hate to train. Really, I do. Can’t stand stomach it. While I’m at it, I also despise working out and absolutely never run workouts. Never. Don’t get me wrong: I love running. Probably just as much as you do. But what I despise is the “training” word. Maybe it’s a case of semantics, but I equate training and working out with...work.

2017-10-19T00:33:01-05:00 Categories: Heard Around the Lake|Tags: , , |

The Right Foods and Supplements Can Be The Right Cure For Simple Running Ailments

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 [...]

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.

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.

Running or Walking Can Put Zing Back Into Your Sex Life

The greatest boost to putting a little pizzazz back into your sex life is to increase your overall circulation. If you can boost the blood flow to your heart and other muscles, you'll also improve the circulation to your sexual glands as well.

2019-11-06T11:39:59-05:00 Categories: Age and Running, Ask the Coaches, Training|Tags: , , , |

Austin New Year’s Run Options: Black Eyed Pea Run, Gazelle Run

There's no better way to kick off the New Year than with a run on New Year's Day. For 19 years, that meant the RunTex to RunTex run but that's been dead and buried for a few years. Fortunately, Rogue Running stepped up to fill that void with its Third Annual Black Eyed Pea Run.

2017-10-19T00:33:02-05:00 Categories: Holiday Races, News, Road Races|Tags: , , |

Kick Start The New Year With Post-Run Smoothies

Healthy this; healthy that. At this time of year, so many of us are making New Year's Resolutions to eat healthier in 2016, but some of us labor under the false impression that eating healthy is boring and counterproductive to the taste buds. Sometimes all you want for a post-run breakfast is something that explodes with refreshing taste—and isn't loaded with fat and grease.

2017-10-19T00:33:02-05:00 Categories: Race-Nutrition, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Dealing With Winter Winds On Long Runs

Running through the winter in Central Texas usually isn't too bad. The temps are certainly tolerable (more so than summer) and unless the precip is the frozen variety, there isn't much that will keep us off the roads. But, there is one aspect of winter running that bothers everyone: The wind.

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.

2017-10-19T00:33:02-05:00 Categories: Heard Around the Lake|Tags: , , , , , |

Aspirin for Runners: What To Take and How to Use Safely

Aspirin. The various types of this wonder drug have become so commonplace in our lives that almost everybody who runs has taken some form of this pain killer. And why not? Aspirin is considered safe without any side effects, effective, inexpensive and readily available without a prescription.

2019-08-27T17:33:09-05:00 Categories: Ask the Coaches, Injury Prevention, Training|Tags: , , , |

Tips To Recover Quickly From Long Runs

If you’re training for either or both of the big winter races—the 3M Half Marathon (January 24) or the Austin Marathon or Half (February 14)--you should already have several long runs under your legs. Regardless of how many long runs you have completed so far, there’s absolutely no question that long runs are the key to your marathon (or half marathon) training program. Running the right number at the proper pace and distance will go a long way toward making your target race a success.

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.

The Importance of Establishing Pre-Race Rituals

Runners tend to be a ritualistic group. At least, good runners are. Invariably, they will wear the same shoes and clothes to race, eat virtually the same meals the night before and will follow the same routine the morning of the big race. Some call this boring.

8th San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Little More Than Tune Up For Olympic Hopefuls

SAN ANTONIO—For years, the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half extravaganza was plagued by warm temperatures and high humidity in all but the first year (2008). But the race shifted its date to the first week in December last year and it paid off once again with near perfect racing conditions for the estimated 25,000 who participated in one of several races over the weekend.

Decker Challenge Dominated by New Arrivals, McCurdy and Marley

The 37th Annual Decker Challenge is the third oldest race in Austin, behind the ARC Daisy 5K and the venerable Capitol 10K. The usual story of the Austin Runners Club Decker Challenge starts with the weather. But as our resident Kiwi Keith Dowland said before the race “the runners are spoiled”. 44F, zero mph wind at 8am, this is not your usual Decker weather.