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Respect the Heat

OK it’s officially hot out now, and in Central Texas, that means very, very hot. And not just for a few months. We’re talking for the next six months or so…Yes, we all know that when it’s hot out you need to drink more water when you’re

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Tempo Runs are a Great Addition to Your Training “Arsenal”

Last week, in the wake of the UIL Track Championships, Ready to Run took you through a variety of speed/track workouts. And while track workouts are fantastic, there’s another way to build strength and speed (with an emphasis on strength), and it’s called “tempo” running. So what

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UIL State Track Meet Reminds Us About Building Speed

Track moves to the forefront in runners’ minds with the UIL state Track Meet underway this weekend. As you watch some of these amazing athletes blaze across the finish line, remember that it took some serious training to get that fast. All coaches and runners know that

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The Next Time You Blame A Sub-Par Performance on Age, Think Again

As runners, we’re constantly caught up in numbers, how fast, how far, by how much…. And as we get older, we measure ourselves against our best times. Runners are among the few people who look forward to stepping up in age to the next division. It’s well-known

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Boston Marathon: Tales from the Front Lines, Part II

Last week we showcased Austin-coached Brooke Hartley, a 28-year old law student who ran a fine 3:27:46 at the Boston. Under extremely challenging conditions. Now we’ll tell Jeff Glaser’s story. Glaser, 52, is coached by Ready to Run’s own Mac Allen of Teammac.  Glaser, a civil engineer

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Boston Marathon: Tales from the Front Lines, Part I

Even given ideal conditions, marathons are challenging: everyone knows that. But what if you train for months, meet a tough qualifying time, and get to the start of the Boston Marathon and you’re greeted by gale force winds, driving rain, and freezing temperatures? What do you do?

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Take Advantage of Your Aerobic Base fro Spring and Summer 5Ks!

Now that spring is in full swing, and summer is peeping from beyond the horizon, many Austin-area runners (except those headed to run Boston on Monday, April 16) are turning their attention to shorter distances like the 5K. You often hear of folks building from shorter races

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Stilin, Baptista Claim Victory in Statesman Capitol 10,000

For the second year in a row, a ZAP Fitness-Reebok runner dominated the Statesman Capitol 10,000.  On Sunday morning, under cool 43-degree skies, Joe Stilin, part of the ZAP Fitness team out of Blowing Rock, NC, topped a field of some 23,275 runners—the fourth largest in the

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Why Coaching Matters

There are plenty of runners who train themselves and never have any outside coaching, and many of them do just fine. But there’s no question that a good coach can be of great benefit to runners of all abilities. One of the most important things a running

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Racing the Statesman Capitol 10,000: Mile by Mile

Your training is done, and the countdown is here. Next week is the biggest race on Austin’s calendar: Statesman Capitol 10,000—set for April 8 at 8:00 a.m. Now that your training is done and you are race ready, the most important part of a successful race day

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