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?
Confession: I am something of a neat freak (which, by the way, is completely different from a clean freak. While I like to put stuff away, my oven doesn’t sparkle and the bathroom grout could use a good once-over with a toothbrush). Everything should have its place, and my heart sings when it encounters an… Continue reading Working Out with BlueAvocado’s Re(Zip) Storage Bags
The news at the evening trail workout was pretty grim — one of the regular runners had broken her ankle in a trail race over the weekend. Everyone winced. A friend relayed the doctor’s information about how much recovery time there’d be before she was back on the trail. Discussion ensued. I bit my tongue… Continue reading The Inevitable Progress of Injury Recovery
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
The woman unfurled herself from the silk rope, dropping gracefully as she unwound over about 10 feet. The movement was so controlled and sinuous it appeared effortless. She twirled there, some 20 feet off the ground. I was at an interview for an article on Austin’s Blue Lapis Light, a site-specific aerial dance company, watching rehearsal… Continue reading Assessing Risk in Sport – What is “Safe”?
I’m currently spending some much needed time with extended family (which will, eventually, lend itself to all sorts of various posts), so I’m taking this opportunity to add another layer to my recently published article on The Austinot. If you’re not familiar with this magazine, The Austinot is an online publication that focuses on — you guessed… Continue reading Little Free Library On the Road
#ThrowbackThursday always has me thinking of photos with friends. Or awkward family photos. Or fashion faux pas (how did we ever think that perms and shoulder pads were a good look?). A lot of my photos are of groups of runners, clustered somewhere, often in the dark, in various stages of sweatiness. I stumbled upon some… Continue reading #TBT: Pacing Friends is the Best of All Worlds
As someone who’s signed up for a race based on the medal/charm/cool jacket/belt buckle, I have to laugh at this “instant gratification” cartoon. Basically, it’s poking fun at runners who are fixated on the swag. For some, participating in events can be all about the stuff: wearing the race T-shirt, adding another medal to the collection, getting that M-dot… Continue reading A Belated Valentine for A Motivational Award
A friend recently shared a link to Dr. James O’Keefe’s TEDx Talk from 2012, “Run for Your Life!” In it, the cardiologist discussed research that can be interpreted to show that endurance running can actually be bad for the heart. He said that exercise was an amazing drug but, like all drugs, there is an… Continue reading Is Distance Running Bad for Me?
Yesterday, I did the 25K out at Hell’s Hills. It’s a trail race out in Smithville at a mountain bike park called Rocky Hills Ranch. This same race was my first ever trail race back in ’05. I ran a 3:10 that day. Since then, I’ve not done another 25K, though I have done many, many… Continue reading Conditioning is Needed