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2014 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon Guide

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, more than 15,000 runners will be embarking on a 13.1 or 26.2 mile journey. We’re here to help you make the very best of the day. From pre-race preparation to strategy in the latter miles, we’ve got it covered. Below you’ll find the most comprehensive gathering of information for the 2014 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon.

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Check back throughout the week as we will be adding a new post each day. On race weekend, follow us on Twitter (@TXRunningPost) and use hashtag #austinmarathon. Our team is providing real-time updates from the pace car, various spots on the course and at the finish line.

Pre-Race

How To Carbo Load for Austin Marathon

“Done properly, carbohydrate-loading with the proper foods can help you maintain your marathon goal pace longer in the race.”

Tapering’s for Suckers: How to Peak for the Austin Marathon

“This final marathon training period is commonly called the tapering phase. But I’m here to tell you tapering is for suckers. Peaking is for winners.”

Dealing With Pre-Race Nerves Before 3M and Austin Marathon

“Any race of this length is certain to produce tension and nervousness. The key is learning to deal with that pre-race anxiety, rather than allowing it to overwhelm you.”

Use Your Final Pre-Marathon Long Runs To Test Strategy, Equipment and Nutrition

“The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements.”

 

On The Course

Austin Marathon Strategy For First-Timers

“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.”

How To Run the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Step by Step

“More than anything, Austin is a course which requires careful pacing because of the demands of the first 18 miles. You can’t go out too fast in any marathon and expect to run well, but especially not in the Austin Marathon.”

Pacing Strategies for the Austin Marathon

“The absolute worst way to run a marathon is without any plan at all on how to pace yourself. Even if you’re merely trying to finish Austin, you will still need a race day plan.”

 

A Final Look At Austin Marathon’s Hills: Where They Are, How Long and How Difficult

“There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the key to having a good race during Sunday’s Austin Marathon or Half Marathon are the numerous hills that characterize both courses.”

 

Aid Station Etiquette During the Race – Coming Wednesday, Feb. 12

 

What to Wear On Race Morning – Coming Friday, Feb. 14

 

Miscellaneous

Elite Fields Announced for ’14 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

“For the first time in five years, the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon has instituted a prize money and bonus structure which will draw several top-ranked runners from around the country to the February 16th races.”

 

Shrup Think (Feb. 4, 2014): What Makes the Austin Marathon Special

“Like New York or Boston, if you have a great day in Austin, you’ve had a brilliant day.  If you can run well in Austin, you can probably run well just about anywhere.”

Half Favorite Craig Leon Using Austin As Tuneup For Boston Marathon

“Entering the Austin Half Marathon on Sunday, Craig Leon will have the second fastest PR in the field (1:04:01) and be considered one of the favorites which is an odd position for him to be in.”

 

Tim Revell To Run 10th Austin Marathon For Cure Duchenne

“One of the great traditions about the upcoming Austin Marathon is its Austin Gives Miles (formerly 26 charities for 26 miles). One of those charities is probably one you haven’t heard much about (if anything).”