This time of year, every running publication posts articles offering tips for running when it’s hot. You know, wear light-colored clothing, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, drink lots of water, and avoid running during [...]
Would you post the following query to Facebook? I am currently in the market for new underpants. I have always used tighty-whiteys but as I am undertaking new challenges in life, I expect I will [...]
To help ensure you have everything you need prior to your race, on race day, and even after, we have provided a check list. All runners, new and experienced, should use this check list to [...]
I'm not an elite runner. In fact, when I first started--fresh off the couch--I worried about finishing last, especially at small races. I felt out of place, like it was totally obvious to everyone that [...]
I got my first taste of road racing as an intern for the 2007 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Yeah, I wasn’t even a runner, but that quickly changed. I became immersed in the Austin running culture and smitten with the idea that another sport (besides football and baseball) would allow me to push myself and test my limits. Throughout the years there have been plenty of road races, completing many 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a marathon (2015 Austin!). But I’ve never raced; never thought of winning. I’ve never wanted to win; never thought I could win. I’ve never worked to better my time to win. I’ve never trained and pushed myself to win.
It isn't exactly a newsflash that we runners are an awfully disciplined, highly motivated group of achievement-oriented, dedicated people. Maybe too dedicated. At least some time we are. To run a marathon or even a half marathon, obviously takes a lot of dedication to put in all the training miles. But many of us tend to do too much and run too many miles, hills, long runs and speed work. If you do, you certainly can get in great shape, but once you go overboard, all the work you put in can develop into overtraining and it’s just as serious a problem for marathoners as training too little. Maybe even more so.
There's absolutely no question that running is a difficult sport. Certainly, it's extremely rewarding, but any long-term training program is a major undertaking requiring a significant commitment. Take a look at what training is. Basically, it's hard, physical work which essentially boils down to adding specific stresses to your mind and body over a certain period of time.
For so many busy, on-the-go runners, just about the only time we have to get our run in during the work week is during our lunch hour. It isn’t a lot of time, but if that’s all you have, you have to make the most of it.
It used to be that whenever you saw a doctor for a running injury—no matter how minor--the prescription was almost always the same: Stop running! If something is bothering you, then you stop, right?
Do you often feel on a morning run that every step feels like you’re running in cement shoes? Or, on a lunch time run with co-workers, does it feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders as you plod along ever so slowly? But after work, you often feel like you’re flying during a workout. What’s up with that?
Something you constantly hear athletes talking about in any sport is being in the zone. Although it means different things to different athletes in different sports, being in the zone in running means being able to go beyond what you would normally be able to run in either a workout or a race.
Most runners hate to stretch. Especially guys. We complain about lack of flexibility, but do nothing about it. Most of us who can do two-hour runs (or longer) never seem to be able to find an extra 10 minutes to stretch. Recently, I had one friend tell me something to the effect that real runners don’t stretch. Of course, when he was telling me this he was hobbling around with a calf injury.
There are so many running shoe brands and and such a wide variety of different models that buying the perfect shoe for you and your running needs isn't always easy. Experienced runners have a pretty good idea what their needs are and which type of shoes has worked well in the past, but for a beginner or relatively new runner, the shoe buying process can be an intimidating, confusing experience.
Do you travel for business or pleasure? Plenty of us do, especially in the summer when so many of us hit the road. Here are some suggestions for squeezing that run in while traveling.
Injuries are a fact of the running life. Especially for a newbie. Nearly every runner will get injured at some point, but fortunately most of the common running injuries that plague runners are minor—and avoidable. Obviously, prevention is the best way to go either by eliminating the causes or by listening to the body’s warning signs and taking a break.
Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 15th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to formulate 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.
With the bulk of the racing season just around the corner (the Rogue 30-K is Sunday, 3M Half is January 25th and the Austin Marathon is February 15th), it is high time to begin developing [...]
As a parent, you have probably experienced the wonderment of the huge amount of influence (positive or negative) of the first close friends your children have over them. It’s natural. Someone from your peer group [...]
Exercise-induced asthma is a condition that affects thousands and thousands of runners—and many are unaware they suffer from it. Such former great runners as Alberto Salazar, Doug Padilla, Keith Brantley, Mary Slaney and Jackie Joyner [...]
Now that we're knee deep into the 2014-15 Austin Fit Distance Challenge series, one of the most ignored aspects of racing should get your attention: Doing a proper pre-race warm up. If you want to [...]
Running a marathon isn’t quite as simple as waking up one morning and deciding to jump into the starting corral and cruise through 26.2 miles. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Nor [...]
This is Hill Country and here in Austin we certainly have more than our fair share of great hills for running. We're fortunate to have so many classic climbs as hills and hill repeats are [...]
If you are just starting to do longer and longer runs in anticipating of the fall-winter marathon and half-marathon season, chances are good that soon you may become familiar with an irritating condition that troubles [...]
For a distance runner, the most important element of running faster is endurance. All the miles you log, including the easy miles of the long run, are the endurance base you need. But once that [...]