10 Reasons to Work Out with Project Austin

Back in January 2017, my friend Ginny launched a campaign to get me to this free M/W/F workout she’d fallen in love with. “Everybody’s so nice,” she said. “I gotta warn you, though…there’s hugging.” And–because this was Ginny–the workout was, naturally, first thing in the morning. These days, it takes a lot to get me… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Work Out with Project Austin

Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

“Run a race I’m proud of” was scrawled at the top of the page, my goal for the week of Feb. 6–12, 2000. That Sunday, I was running what would be the longest race of my life—13.1 miles–at Austin’s 3M Half Marathon. I was petrified of failure. Today, I signed up to run 3M again this… Continue reading Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout

I’m feeling a little guilty these days. You see, I’ve stepped out on my yoga class. I confess—it’s hard to stay with one workout for an extended period of time. After three years of boxing, I needed a change. My true fitness love, running, has had to morph from road to trail to keep me… Continue reading Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout

Building a Massage Habit for Athletic Health

At her 2016 SXSW panel, world class runner Sanya Richards-Ross, gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, discussed her training schedule. One detail had my head spinning: “During training, I get four to five massages a week.” YASSSS. It must be good to be queen. The Power of Regular Massage A good massage schedule is… Continue reading Building a Massage Habit for Athletic Health

The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

  While ringing up my purchases, the helpful clerk at BookPeople asked conversationally, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” Sighing wearily, I responded, “Yes, I did. That one book I came to get…and these four others I couldn’t help buying.” Books are my crack. The most successful way to deal with this addiction is… Continue reading The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

When You’re Just Not Into That Workout

A friend and I were talking about signing up for races the other day. She was frustrated — stuck in a dry spell, with no desire to train for a goal or sign up for a race. As a result, she felt she was meandering through workouts, running without purpose, and losing fitness. I disagreed. “It’s… Continue reading When You’re Just Not Into That Workout

What’s Your Running Type: Lizard or Icicle?

Preventing Heat Problems It’s not news, but Texas is hot. It’s really hot in the summer. And, since the Austin summer can extend into the early days of November, that’s as many as six months when 90-degree temperatures are possible on a workout. While my friends and I were getting ready for our Grand Canyon crossing this summer,… Continue reading What’s Your Running Type: Lizard or Icicle?

Making a Change to Zero-Drop Shoes

The other day, I wrote about my gear shopping procrastination and the havoc it wrecked with planning in “Every Runner’s Shoe Rant.” See, I’m just days out from my big trek across the Grand Canyon, and the last thing I wanted was to make changes. Sadly, the shoes I’ve been running in for the last long… Continue reading Making a Change to Zero-Drop Shoes