Posts tagged ‘mile’

September 26, 2008

Free Taco Run! Saturday morning

FREE Saturday TACO RUN!

It takes a lot to get me out of bed before 8 am. Ever. But on a Saturday? Damn near impossible. But IF I’m going to run 7 or 10 miles, running it with a group might be the way to go. So I suggest Rogue’s Free Taco Run.

The scoop:

Coaches will lead runners on 7 or 10 mile runs starting at 7:30 am and 5 & 3 mile starting at 8:00 am

FREE post-run breakfast tacos supplied by
the good folks at Tacodeli.

All Austin runners welcome! Meet at Rogue, 500 San Marcos. (5th Street on the east side of 35, next to Progress Coffee)

August 26, 2008

Training Run + Daily Mile

I’m sure you’re curious about things to do tonight, Tuesday. But Tuesdays are not for events. Except the Nike Human Race training run at Guero’s, which is an awesome event. Free tacos and drinks and friends and running routes, what more could you ask for?!

Well, perhaps an online community of runners? Daily Mile is a training website started by a cool local guy for logging workouts, talking about workouts, interacting with other runners, posting messages and encouragement, and more. It’s kind of amazing: a few weeks ago a friend pointed me to this site and there was a handful of users actively posting; now, it’s full of people talking, sharing, exploring, questioning, answering. It’s awesome! And it’s all from an Austin dude.

So no events. Go run. And then Rlog about it. Rog about it? Tlog about it? Trog about it? Training Log! Trog! Trog about it!

August 6, 2008

Report: Nike Human Race Training Run

So last night I finally made it to Guero’s for the Nike Human Race training run! It was packed in the Guero’s annex, and the line was long to register. They say the run starts at 7:00, but we didn’t get going til 7:15 or so. I should preface the story I’m about to tell by saying that I loved the atmosphere and had a great time and want to go back.

BUT here’s my story: So I’ve mentioned that they have pacers for every minute 8-12, and then a sub-8:00 group. They send out the pace groups in waves, and they count how many people are going with each group to ensure that they don’t lose anyone. They sent the sub-8:00 group out first, and I walked out with them and stood in a semi-circle with four guys and the pacer. He counts the guy to my left, skips me, and counts the guy to my right. “Five,” he says to the girl keeping track. “Oh, I’m running with you guys,” I say, a little bit puzzled. “Oh, six,” he says and turns to start the run. I was completely blown away by that, and a bit baffled. Yes, I’m a girl, but women have been able to run as fast as men for many years now! Plus, we were just running sub-8:00s! I used to run 6-minute-miles in my cross country days. How is it possible that in this day and at this kind of training run, someone could be so close-minded as to think a woman couldn’t run a 7:40 mile?

I’ll have you know I finished right in the middle of our group, behind two guys and in front of two guys.

Aside from that incredibly sexist moment, the guys in my group were nice, fun to run with and talk to, and I enjoyed the post-run company (until I rushed off to Bikram yoga). The taco they give you is an enormous burrito, and the veggie includes actual veggies like zucchini and squash! It was delish. I didn’t stick around for the margarita, but I giggled as I walked out and a waiter was standing by the finish line with a tray of margaritas. Now that’s service!

I’d love to try the other runs, I bet they have the same laid-back but athletic vibe that makes running so much more enjoyable. Thursdays at SIX at 7pm and Saturdays at Starbucks at 8am!

To stay up-to-date, check out the training blog.

July 11, 2008

Nike Human Race

The Nike Human Race has gotten a lot of coverage, especially locally because Austin is one of just five North American cities and one of 25 cities across the globe to host one. Nike expects 1 million runners to participate in this worldwide 10K on August 31. I signed up today–I’ll be one of those one million!
Really one of the cooler things about the race (aside from running with 999,999 other people), is the training groups Nike is putting together/sponsoring. They’re free with race registration, you can test drive Nike shoes and gear, plus win tons of Nike stuff, and the starting/ending locations also give you free stuff. Awesome! There are pace leaders leading runs of 3 and 5 miles, so there’s a place for anyone who wants to train! “Come Train with Us!
The schedule from July 19 on:

Starbucks (24th and Nueces): Saturdays @ 8:00am — free coffee afterward!
7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23

Guero’s (1412 S. Congress): Tuesdays @ 7:00pm — free taco and drink afterward!
7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26

SIX (117 W 4th St): Thursdays @ 7:00pm
7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28

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