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10 Proven Ways To Avoid Injuries

January 11th, 2016|

Regardless of your ability, speed or body shape, the greatest challenge almost all runners face is a simple one: Staying healthy. By the very nature of the aerobic benefits of running, we are certainly healthier than our sedentary counterparts, but runners tend to pick up all sorts of niggling injuries. Fortunately, usually it's nothing serious. But little things tend to slow us down, especially as we approach a key marathon or half marathon. But, those troublesome little things that can be avoided if you follow the rules of healthy, injury-free running.

Running or Walking Can Put Zing Back Into Your Sex Life

January 5th, 2016|

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.

Kick Start The New Year With Post-Run Smoothies

December 28th, 2015|

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.

Dealing With Winter Winds On Long Runs

December 21st, 2015|

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.

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

December 16th, 2015|

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.

Tips To Recover Quickly From Long Runs

December 14th, 2015|

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.

The Importance of Establishing Pre-Race Rituals

December 8th, 2015|

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.

When the Best Time of Day Is For Running

November 16th, 2015|

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?

Getting in the Zone: Don’t Think, Just Run

November 9th, 2015|

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.

What You Need To Know Before Considering Racing Flats

November 4th, 2015|

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?

Stretching: The Key To Injury-Free Running

October 21st, 2015|

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.

11 Motivational Tools For Your Long Run

October 14th, 2015|

Now, that marathon season has started and marathon-training season for the late fall, early winter marathons is underway one of the compelling questions that many marathoners invariably have is: How do you get through the incredibly long runs without the agony of the marathon shuffle?

Fall Marathon Training On Three Runs A Week

October 12th, 2015|

When you make the decision that you want to run a marathon, you’ll quickly discover all sorts of elaborate training plans and schedules designed to get you to the finish line. Almost all of them require you to run at least four or five days per week with perhaps a day or two of cross-training thrown in.

Pick Up Speed With Strides After Every Workout

October 5th, 2015|

Summer’s almost done and the cooler, dryer weather is right around the corner. For many, it's marathon, while for many others, it's time to start cranking up the mileage and long runs for half marathons and marathons later this fall. Or, for the two biggies in the Austin Distance Challenge: The 3M Half (January 24) and/or the Austin Marathon/Half ( February 14).

Quick Tips on Battling Fatigue

October 1st, 2015|

Fatigue is something all runners face. Especially those of us diligently training for fall or winter marathon. The long runs begin to pile up and do enough of them hard enough (without adequate rest) can result in a general feeling of simply being tired. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. It’s quite common, but you can also do something about it by following a few handy tips.

That Side Stitch Can Be A Bitch: Here’s How to Get Rid of It

September 24th, 2015|

Just about every runner has had one of these painful little demons that strike in the upper part of the abdomen, smack dab at the base of the ribs. It’s the dreaded side stitch or side sticker. Regardless of what you call it, when one stabs you in the rib cage, it can short circuit your race or run in an instant.

Yasso 800s Detailed and Explained

September 22nd, 2015|

First of all, the name: Bart Yasso is the chief running officer at Runner’s World. I have no idea what that entails, but Bart has been running for something like a century and a half and I've known him just about that long. He’s run a zillion marathons and done all sorts of wacky running stunts (such as running across Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney in July and doing another race nude). If you’ve ever been at one of the major city marathons, you may even have met him at the Runner’s World booth. Chances are he even remembers your name from another race.

Get Fast Faster With Weekly Tempo Runs

September 14th, 2015|

The primary reason why most of us train is quite simple: To get better. Although “getting better” means different things to different runners, it is clear that, as runners, we want to enjoy our activity and still advance our fitness goals. If we run races and marathons, we want to run faster and hopefully, set a personal best and/or compete in our age group division.

[Ask the Doctor] How Can I Get Faster?

September 9th, 2015|

started running again about 3 years ago and I’ve been mostly injury free as I trained to run a 5k and have since worked myself up to running half marathons. I’ve done three of them and my times are pretty flat at around 2 hours, even though my mileage has gone up. What can I do to get faster beyond increasing my mileage while not putting myself at risk of injury?

The 2015-16 Austin Distance Challenge Is Almost Here

September 8th, 2015|

With yet another long, hot summer finally - well, mostly - behind us, racing season gets underway this Friday night (September 11th) with the Zilker Relays followed by the the first race in the annual Austin Distance Challenge series: The Run Free Texas 8-K on September 27th in Cedar Park.

When You Run May Make A Difference In How You Run

August 31st, 2015|

When you run may make a difference in how you run. Or, says current research. In Central Texas, it seems like everyone is neatly divided up between these three groups who run at different times: Those of us who faithfully run every morning, others who make a habit of squeezing in a run during lunch and those who wait until after work or school to get a run in.

Beginners’ Guide For Running Shoe Shopping: Choosing the Right Shoe For You

August 24th, 2015|

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.