Run Free Texas 80s 8k: 1st Austin Distance Challenge On the Books

Streak Day: 644
YTD Mileage: 1562/2016

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Sunday morning, October 2nd, arrived in a friendly manner: cool, clear, and dry.It was a perfect morning for the RFT 80s 8k! The race took place at John Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park. The race start was 7:30 am, my least favorite race start time after 7 am. The later race starts are so much nicer. One’s body has a chance to wake up and get used to the idea of running hard for a few (or more) miles. I was initially, as usual, dreading the 7:30 am start; however, the lack of traffic running from South to North on I-35 when we left home at 6:15 allowed us to reach the race site in Cedar Park in thirty minutes. RECORD TIME for getting to Cedar Park from just South of the river! Continue reading “Run Free Texas 80s 8k: 1st Austin Distance Challenge On the Books”

Run Free Texas 80s 8k: STRESS!!!!

Streak Day 638
YTD Mileage: 1532 / 2016

img_4544September arrived a few weeks ago, and finally the weather changed enough to offer a little hope that the coming months will bring real relief from the Hellish heat and humidity in which we’ve been running for the past few months. August was the absolute worse month, and the first weeks of September were nearly just as hot. Phillip and I actually took a little trip to Winter Park, CO, the first week of September just to get some relief from the heat. The weather up there was perfect, and the scenery amazing. We’re looking forward to our trip to Oregon, for the Oregon Coast 50k, next week. I’m looking forward to that race. Before I run that race on the 8th, however, I’m running the Run Free Texas 80s 8k in Cedar Park this coming Sunday (October 2nd). This race, short as it is, has me TERRIFIED. Continue reading “Run Free Texas 80s 8k: STRESS!!!!”

Run Joyfully; Run Like A Child

Running Streak Day 586
YTD Mileage: 1216 miles

The days of August are here, with the full force of heat and humidity that wilts one’s

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Barton Creek Greenway, ATX (this area accessed by Hill of Life trailhead)

resolve to keep up with training as surely as it wilts the vitality of every living creature and plant that exists in a somewhat harsh environment such as ours in South Texas. With an October race (Oregon Coast 50k) looming large, my training schedule at this point includes ever increasing weekend long runs. The problem is that along with those ever increasing long runs is my ever increasing summer season fatigue. Motivation to run is difficult to muster when I knows that within minutes I’ll be soaked to the skin, clothes as wet and sticking to skin as if I’ve been swimming, and my breathing labored in the heat. When the temperature is cold, I know I will warm up pleasantly shortly after I begin the run; however, when the temperature outside is near triple digits, I know I will just continue to heat up as my run progresses. Continue reading “Run Joyfully; Run Like A Child”

People We Meet On Runs: A Celebration

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. Ps 139:14

If I didn’t run, I never would have seen and met these beautiful people.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made People Of San Antonio

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Mom Victoria, Son Malachi, Daughter Genesis (Mom finds time to run by having children ride along with her – good job, Mom!)

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Yoga Sandals Meet Trail Running

Inexpensive, comfortable, and minimalist, yoga sandals double as minimalist trail running footwear.

Running Streak: Day 525IMG_3753YTD Running Mileage: 883
YTD Biking Mileage: 20

A couple of weeks ago, Phillip and I wanted to explore the Canyonlands trails in Lakeway, a small community on the outskirts of Austin. We had never run in this area before, but I had heard that it is hilly and beautiful; I definitely wanted to take advantage of the long Memorial Day  weekend to finally try out those trails. I had a bit of a trail running dilemma that weekend, however. Even though I can run barefoot on just about every type of surface, I’ve yet to master barefoot running on the rocky, technical Central and South Texas trails. Luna Leadville huaraches have been my trail running footwear of choice for the past few years, and although not perfect, they worked better for me than any other huarache / sandal-type footwear I’ve tried in my nearly ten years of barefoot running. A few weeks after running the BB50 in April, while running some singletrack along the Leon Creek Greenway in San Antonio, one of my huaraches suddenly broke. My friends and I were nearly finished with our run, so I just took off the unbroken huarache and carried both while I finished the last .5 mile barefoot.  Continue reading “Yoga Sandals Meet Trail Running”