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.
Courtney Okolo, the UT senior from Carrollton, shattered her own NCAA 400-meter record at the LSU Meet on Saturday. Okolo became the first college runner to break the 50-second barrier when she ran 49.71 on Saturday.
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.
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.
Austin resident Lennie Waite celebrated with tears of excitement and relief last week, assuming she had done enough to make her home country's roster for the upcoming IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 29-year-old turned in a personal best of 9 minutes, 40 seconds on the track in Sweden - four seconds below the qualifying mark of 9:44 that Great Britain set as the standard. Waite is British by birth and found her way to Austin after completing a successful career at Rice University as a distance runner.
One question every runner invariably asks is the most simple one of all: Why do I run? Especially as we look down the barrel of another long, hot, humid summer, the question of why exactly we do this day after day, month after month, year after year is certain to at least cross every runner’s mind at some point (often in the middle of a long run).
Will Nation, a 23-year-old UT grad, qualified for the '16 US Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. Nation, who won the 3M Half Marathon in January in 1:07, finished 10th in Duluth, but his time of 1:04:56 just bettered the Trials qualifying standard of 1:05, assuring him a starting position in the Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February.
What’s the most important race in Austin? Is it the Austin Marathon? 3M? Cap 10? Or maybe it’s the Run for the Water 10-Miler? Just one man’s opinion, but the most important annual race in Austin is the Moonlight Margarita Run 5-K which just so happens to be tonight.
Watching and reading about the natural disasters around the world that befall us, the tendency is to become numb to all of them. Except when the disaster hits so close to home. Other than getting drenched a few times and dodging a funnel cloud on Saturday, the Memorial Day deluge (and its aftermath) had few consequences for me. But for our dear friends and neighbors just to the south, the tragedy was very real and apparent.
Cedar Park High School has named Michael Bardgett as its new track and cross-country coach. Bardgett has been the assistant girls track and cross-country coach at Highland Park HS in Dallas. In its most recent past, Cedar Park
Here, in the ATX, our competitive season stretches all the way from September through April when racing finally starts to settle down. It's a very long season and right now is a great time to take a bit of break. Most of us need one. I certainly do.
Running is one of the most studied subjects in the world of exercise research, probably because so many researchers run and are curious about its effects. The latest research offering studies—of all things--sweat and its effect on others. This is hardly new stuff. The late Dr. George Sheehan, the first running doctor, theorized 35 years ago in Runner's World, that there are two types of sweat: “Good” sweat generated by exercise which doesn't smell and the bad, stinky kind of nervous sweat.
The 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays gets rolling tomorrow (Wednesday) at Mike Myers Stadium on the UT campus with two days of multi-events and some qualifying. The main distance events are scheduled
Buying a new pair of running shoes should be the simplest task in running. But it isn’t. There are so many options and with so much talk these days about gait analysis, minimalism, support and reduced weight, finding the perfect pair of shoes for you can be a bit dicey. Also getting in the way [...]
As runners, we’re great at all those intangibles like persistence, consistency and goal setting. We can knock out 20-mile runs week after week and don’t even let training through our brutal summer heat and humidity stand in the way of running a fall marathon. We’re tough, we’re focused and we're achievement-oriented folks. This is what [...]