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The Importance of A Postrace or Long Run Cooldown

March 31st, 2015|

You see it after nearly every race. The top runners—the fastest folks in the field—finish the race, grab a drink and head off for another few miles, while the rest of us lie down trying to recover. What's up with that? Do the best runners know something we don't?

Runner’s Trots: How to Avoid It

March 16th, 2015|

Without a doubt, the most common gastrointestinal problem which bothers runners, especially during races and long runs, is something commonly called the runner’s trots. It is—ahem—the urge to defecate and/or have mild diarrhea at the most inappropriate time. Having to stop during a race or a long run to defecate is not only embarrassing and costs time, but it can be extremely inconvenient and troubling. This condition is especially prevlalent among morning runners.

Achilles Bother You? Here’s What To Do

February 23rd, 2015|

Achilles is one of the most famous names in Greek mythology—and the tendon named after him is one of the most important components in the group of muscles and bones that propels the runner. This [...]

Want A Legal Boost Before Next Long Run or Marathon? Try Coffee

February 18th, 2015|

Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news for the past couple of decades as various athletes—including plenty of world-class runners—have attempted all sorts of means to boost performance. Some have been legal; some are not. (See Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Lance Armstrong, Nellie Cruz, ad nauseum).

10-Step Recovery Plan For Austin Half/Marathoners

February 16th, 2015|

This isn't exactly a newsflash, but marathons aren't just tough to run. It's tough to recover from one too. A marathon pushes the body to the max and stresses every part of your system and structure. If you finished the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday, congratulations.

How To Carbohydrate Load This Week For The Austin Marathon

February 10th, 2015|

If you’re running the Austin Marathon on Sunday, you might be wondering about the concept known as “carbohydrate-loading.” If you're new to marathoning and confused about this, it's an important concept to understand before this week's final countdown to marathon Sunday. (Carbo-loading isn't advantageous to half marathoners.)

Saucony In Austin, Seeking Wear Testers

February 9th, 2015|

Saucony Running will be at Texas Running Company from February 9-11, looking for runners will to test prototype models and giving feedback on the footwear. Participants will be asked to run three sets of 10 [...]

Scouting the Austin Marathon (and Half) Hills

February 3rd, 2015|

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the key to having a good race during next Sunday's Austin Marathon or Half Marathon (February 15th) are the numerous hills that punctuate both courses. Push too hard on the uphills and you'll run out of gas. Fly down some of the steep downhills and you'll pound your quads and have nothing left for the tougher portions.

Get Ready For the Austin Marathon: Two Week Countdown

February 2nd, 2015|

With the many months of difficult training behind you, the final two weeks before the 2015 Austin Marathon should be a breeze. All the hard work is over and hopefully, you’ve done everything you possibly can to prepare for the 26.2-mile test on February 15th .

How To Recover Quickly from 3M Half Marathon Soreness

January 27th, 2015|

The 3M Half Marathon certainly wasn't easy—especially if it was your first—but after the exhilaration of finishing the race has passed, you might still be sore and tight. And if you're running the Austin Marathon or Half...

Reach A Mental Peak for 3M and/or Austin Marathon

January 19th, 2015|

As two of the most important races on the ATX race calendar approach - 3M Half Marathon (this Sunday, January 25) and the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon (February 15) - many Austin runners will be aiming for a peak performance and/or PR in either one or both of these key races.

Austin Marathon Newbies? It’s Time To Work On Your Marathon Plan

January 14th, 2015|

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.

Dealing With Winter Winds On The Run

December 10th, 2014|

For Central Texans in the summer, it’s the heat and humidity. In the winter, we get the wind. Either condition can be brutal. But unlike the heat and humidity that are a constant on just [...]

Running With Exercise-induced Asthma

December 8th, 2014|

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 [...]

10 Tips to Stay Motivated This Winter

November 24th, 2014|

OK, you have to admit we have it pretty good here in Central Texas. Winter is just something we hear about from other parts of the country. Even though winter won't technically arrive for another [...]