Run Routes – Sat 1/4/14

Full Marathon:

All Groups – 30K or 18.6 Miles Benchmark

Half Marathon:

  • All Groups – 10 Miles
  • Shorter Option: 7 Miles out/back

30K (18.6 Miles): http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/30k-benchmark-2014-route-158399935

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – onto the trail – head west
  • Cross the Pfluger bridge
  • Left or west on the trail
  • Take the Johnson Creek trail (under the MoPac bridge) north
  • Left – Enfield – WATER STOP at Johnson Creek Trail & Enfield ~ 3.5 Miles
  • Right – Exposition to dead end
  • Right – 35th   — WATER STOP at Jackson & 35th ~ 6 Miles
  • Left – Jackson to dead end
  • Left – Bull Creek to dead end
  • Right – Hancock
  • Left – Shoal Creek
  • Right – Twin Oaks – WATER STOP  at Shoal Creek/Twin Oaks ~ 9 Miles
  • 3rd Left – Daugherty
  • 2nd Right – Pegram – turns into Justin Ln.
  • Right – Grove Ave.
  • Left – North Loop – WATER STOP at Grove/North Loop ~ 12 Miles
  • North Loop turns into 53rd St.
  • Right – Duval – WATER STOP at Duval & 30th  ~ 15 Miles
  • Left – San Jacinto (at the Y stay left to Trinity)
  • South – Trinity
  • Right – 4th
  • Left – San Antonio
  • Left – Cesar Chavez
  • Right- Congress back to TxDOT

10 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/339603147

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – onto the trail – head west
  • Cross the Pfluger bridge
  • Left or west on the trail
  • Take the Johnson Creek trail (under the MoPac bridge) north
  • Left – Enfield – WATER STOP at Johnson Creek Trail & Enfield ~ 3.5 Miles
  • Right – Exposition to dead end
  • Right – Westover – go under MoPac
  • Westover turns into Northwood
  • Right – Harris
  • Left – Gaston – WATER STOP at Gaston/Harris ~ 6 Miles
  • Gaston dead ends into Shoal Creek Blvd.
  • Right – Shoal Creek Blvd.
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 24th
  • Right – Rio Grande
  • Left – 4th
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Left – Cesar Chavez
  • Right – Congress
  • Left – Riverside back to TxDOT

7 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/339606945

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – onto the trail – head west
  • Cross the Pfluger bridge
  • Left or west on the trail
  • Take the Johnson Creek trail (under the MoPac bridge) north
  • WATER STOP at Johnson Creek Trail & Enfield ~ 3.5 Miles
  • Turn around at the water stop and head back the same way you ran out.

Saturday 12/28 Running Routes

December 28th – 3rd Annual Mt. Bonnell/Mimosa Run –

Meet at the Austin High Tennis Courts by the Restrooms under the MoPac bridge off Veteran’s – Happy New Year Run!

Full Marathon Green Group: 16 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/332226937

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin (cross the road – to the north side)
  • Right – Hearn to dead end
  • Left – 8th
  • 1st Right – Possum Trot (careful around 12th…stay on Possum Trot) to dead end
  • Left – Enfield
  • 1st Right – Exposition
  • 1st Left – Bonnie
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd. Up the stairs to see the view!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr.
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – Mt. Barker – another climb
  • Mt. Barker curves right and turns into Crestway Dr.
  • Crestway curves left and eventually dead ends into Perry
  • Right – Perry Ln. WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • Left – Balcones
  • Right – Hancock (go over MoPac)
  • Right – Shoal Creek
  • Right – 38th
  • Quick Right – 38th
  • 38th turns into Bull Creek Rd.
  • Left – 45th (go under MoPac)
  • 45th turns into Highland Terrace
  • Highland Terrace curves left onto Perry Ln. WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • Left – Madrona Dr.
  • Left – Glen Rose Dr.
  • Right – Edgemont Dr.
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – 35th
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Right – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic to the top of the big hill…enjoy the view
  • Left – Stevenson Ave.
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic briefly and then into Lake Austin Blvd.)
  • Right – Veteran’s back to the start!

Full Marathon Yellow/Red/Orange Groups: 14 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/332229311

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin (cross the road – to the north side)
  • Right – Hearn to dead end
  • Left – 8th
  • 1st Right – Possum Trot (careful around 12th…stay on Possum Trot) to dead end
  • Left – Enfield
  • 1st Right – Exposition
  • 1st Left – Bonnie
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd. Up the stairs to see the view!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr.
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – Mt. Barker – another climb
  • Mt. Barker curves right and turns into Crestway Dr.
  • Crestway curves left and eventually dead ends into Perry
  • Right – Perry Ln.  WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • Left – Balcones
  • Right – Hancock (go over MoPac)
  • Right – Shoal Creek
  • Right – 38th
  • Quick Right – 38th
  • 38th turns into Bull Creek Rd.
  • Left – 38th to dead end
  • Left – Jackson
  • Right – 35th
  • Left – Exposition
  • 1st Right – Warren to dead end
  • Left – Hillview to dead end
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic to the top of the big hill…enjoy the view
  • Left – Stevenson Ave.
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic briefly and then into Lake Austin Blvd.)
  • Right – Veteran’s back to the start!

Full Marathon Short Option: 12 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/334401847

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin (cross the road – to the north side)
  • Right – Hearn to dead end
  • Left – 8th
  • 1st Right – Possum Trot (careful around 12th…stay on Possum Trot) to dead end
  • Left – Enfield
  • 1st Right – Exposition
  • 1st Left – Bonnie
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd. Up the stairs to see the view!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr.
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – Mt. Barker – another climb
  • Mt. Barker curves right and turns into Crestway Dr.
  • Crestway curves left and eventually dead ends into Perry
  • Right – Perry Ln. WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • Left – Balcones
  • Right – Hancock
  • Right – Fairview
  • Fairview curves right and turns into Big Bend Dr.
  • Left – Shadow Ln. to dead end
  • Right – Perry – curve left onto Balcones WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • 1st Left – Madrona
  • Left at the Y – onto Glen Rose Dr.
  • Glen Rose curves right onto Edgemont
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – 35th
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Right – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic to the top of the big hill…enjoy the view
  • Left – Stevenson Ave.
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic briefly and then into Lake Austin Blvd.)
  • Right – Veteran’s back to the start!

 Half Marathon Green Group: 11 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/mt-bonnell-route-157006815

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin
  • Right – Exposition
  • Left – Bonnie* (1st left after Enfield)
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd. Up the stairs to see the view!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr.
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – Mt. Barker – another climb
  • Mt. Barker curves right and turns into Crestway Dr.
  • Crestway curves left and eventually dead ends into Perry
  • Right – Perry Ln. WATER STOP – at Perry/Balcones
  • After crossing Balcones Perry turns into Madrona – you are on this road for about a block
  • Left at the Y – onto Glen Rose Dr.
  • Glen Rose curves right onto Edgemont
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – 35th
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Right – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic to the top of the big hill…enjoy the view
  • Left – Stevenson Ave.
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic briefly and then into Lake Austin Blvd.)
  • Right – Veteran’s back to the start!

Half Marathon Yellow/Red/Orange Groups: 9 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/334406465

OUT & BACK – Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin
  • Right – Exposition
  • Left – Bonnie* (1st left after Enfield)
  • Right – Pecos WATER STOP – at Scenic/Pecos
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd. Up the stairs to see the view!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr.
  • Turn around at Balcones and head back the exact same way you came!

* The maps have you taking Enfield to Pecos but the safest way is to take Bonnie. Enfield is not the safest road to run on between Expo/LAB. 

Runner’s Newsletter 12/15/13

Austin Fit – Fall Runners please CLICK HERE to view this week’s newsletter with tips, routes, and weekday workout information!

Fall participant shirts are IN! Make sure you get yours after your run or walk. 

This Saturday, 12/21 we will be meeting at TxDOT at 6:50 for our long run. There are several mileage options: 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 miles to choose from.

TIPS for this week’s run:

  • Print the route and bring in a plastic bag.
  • Hydrate as the weather has warmed a bit – and bring your electrolyte drink/tab – bring your hand held water bottles as well.
  • We are running the Shoal Creek trail. In some areas the trail is very rocky. Please leave plenty of room between you and the person in front of you so you can see not only the ground under you, but also the ground a few feet in front of you. This allows you time to react. If the trail is too tricky, slow down, walk even.
  • The route is a gradual climb on the way out, and a decline on the way back. So, go out easy and focus less on pace and more on effort.
  • There is no Gatorade on the course but there will be water!

Next Week: 12/28 – We will be meeting at 6:50 AM under the MoPac bridge by the Austin High tennis courts to run our 3rd Annual Mt. Bonnell & Mimosa Run!

Happy Holidays!!! 

~ Jen Harney

info@austinfit.com

Long Run Routes – 12/14 through 12/28

December 14th Routes – Benchmark

Shirts are in…so make sure you pick yours up after your benchmark run!

All half-marathon runners: 20K http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-summer-20k-benchmark-route-217174719

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right – AF Blvd.
  • Right – Riverside
  • Left – Congress
  • Left – Academy (1st light )
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Annie
  • Right – East Side
  • Right – Long Bow (2nd St. after Oltorf)
  • Left – Congress
  • Right – Cumberland
  • Right – 5th

WATER Stop at Cumberland/5th ~ 4 miles

  • Right – Live Oak (1st Right after Oltorf)
  • 1st Left – Bouldin
  • Left – Barton Springs
  • Right – Lee Barton (street by Jack & Adams)
  • Cross Riverside and cross the Pfluger pedestrian bridge
  • Left – around the front of Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th

WATER Stop at Blanco/10th  ~ 7 miles

  • Right – W. Lynn
  • Left – Enfield
  • Left – Possum Trot to dead end
  • Left – 8th
  • 1st Right – Hearn
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Veteran’s

WATER stop at Veterans/LAB ~ 9.25 miles

  • Pick up the bike path under the Cesar Chavez bridge back towards Luke’s Locker
  • Cross the Pfluger pedestrian bridge
  • Left – Riverside back to TxDOT

All full marathon runners: 25K http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-summer-25k-benchmark-route-217168843

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right – AF Blvd.
  • Right – Riverside
  • Left – Congress
  • Left – Academy (1st light )
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Annie
  • Right – East Side until it turns into University
  • Left – Theater

WATER stop at Theater/University ~ 3 miles

  • Right – Woodward turns into Lightsey – dead ends into 1st
  • Quick Left – 1st then Quick Right – Cardinal
  • Right – 5th
  • 1st Left – Barton Skwy
  • 3rd Right – Ray Wood Dr.  to dead end
  • Right – Cumberland
  • Left – 5th

WATER stop at Cumberland/5th ~ 5 miles

  • Right – Live Oak (1st Right after Oltorf)
  • 1st Left – Bouldin
  • Left – Barton Springs
  • Right – Lee Barton (street by Jack & Adams)
  • Cross Riverside and cross the Pfluger pedestrian bridge
  • Left – around the front of Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th

WATER Stop at Blanco/10th  ~ 8 miles

  • Right – W. Lynn to dead end
  • Left – Niles
  • Right – Hartford
  • Curve Left at the Y onto Jefferson
  • Right – 30th to dead end
  • Right – Oakhurst
  • 1st Left – 29th

WATER at Oakhurst/29th ~ 10.8 miles

  • Right – Rio Grande to dead end

WATER at 8th/Rio Grande ~ 13 miles

  • Left – 4th
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Right – Cesar Chavez
  • Cross the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge
  • Left – Riverside
  • Left – AF Blvd back to TxDOT

** TEAM FIT or Experienced runners may add on 2-3 miles by doing an out/back on the trail after the run.

December 21st Routes – Shoal Creek Trail

Full Marathon – Green Group: 12 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-shoal-creek-route-153337911

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park

WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)

  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st  (WATER by the trail entrance)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – Speedway
  • Right – 38th
  • Right – Tom Green (used to be Ave H…so not sure what the street sign will say)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – 31st back down Shoal Creek trail
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

Full Marathon Yellow/Red/Orange Groups: 11 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/332220377

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park

WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)

  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st  (WATER by the trail entrance)
  • Take the 38th St. path up to 38th St.
  • Right – 38th (cold WATER and Restrooms inside the Hospital ~ Mile 5)
  • Left – Shoal Creek
  • Right – 40th
  • Right – Medical Pkwy
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – 31st or the Shoal Creek Trail heading back

Full Marathon Short Option: 10 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-shoal-creek-route-153137019

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park

WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)

  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st and pick up the trail on the left (WATER cooler)
  • Take the 38th St. path up to 38th St.
  • Right – 38th (cold WATER and Restrooms inside the Hospital ~ Mile 5)
  • Right – Medical Parkway
  • Left – 34th
  • Right – Lamar
  • Pick back up on the Shoal Creek trail after crossing 31st
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you came up.

Half Marathon Green Group: 9 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/332219371

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park

WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)

  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st
  • Turn around at the first street Wabash and heads back the same way to TxDOT

Half Marathon Yellow/Red/Orange Groups: 8 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-shoal-creek-route-153337911

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park

WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)

  • Turn around at 29th St. (bridge after the 7 mile turnaround – they have a cone)
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

December 28th – Mt. Bonnell –

 Meet at the Austin High Tennis Courts by the Restrooms under the MoPac bridge off Veteran’s – Happy New Year Run!

The Will & Where for Austin Fit Runners – 12/7

Tomorrow – Saturday 12/7

Yes, we are meeting tomorrow! No, it won’t be as cold as that picture above! The weather is looking good so far, well cold but not sleeting. Click Here to check the local weather. If the weather changes for the worse, I will post updates by 5 AM on Facebook & the Austin Fit website.

We are meeting at Chase multi-story building on the corner of Burnet & Northcross at 6:50 AM. Please arrive on time as groups will head out no later than 7:01! We don’t want to stand around in the cold and wait. I have made the necessary corrections to the routes…click here to download.

  • Running Tomorrow: For those of you that do come and run tomorrow, please dress warm! 2 layers on top with a wind/water resistant jacket, and at least 1-2 pairs of tights/tights & pants on bottom. Wear gloves, headband/hat to cover your ears, and good socks. The weather will be in the upper 20s with the wind-chill around 15. Bring lots of warm clothes for after your run as well.
  • Dallas Runners: For those of you that were supposed to race Dallas…I am so sorry! Please let me know if you need help figuring out what to do now. Just email me or your coach and we can help. I know you are frustrated and disappointed. Continue to stay positive and find your next race. Again, email me if you need help or just want some advice. BCS Marathon has slots open for $50…click here now!
  • Decker Runners…good luck! It will be a great morning and you will kill those hills! Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow and I will see you all inside the Travis County Expo center before the race. 🙂

Questions: email – Jen at info@austinfit.com

Fall Runner’s Newsletter: 11/25-12/1

 Tip of the Week: 

Make NO excuses! We can all make excuses when it comes to not running. Work, kids, social life, cleaning…the list is endless. We rarely put ourselves first. Remember that exercise gives you more energy, makes you happier, and most importantly keeps you healthy. Stop making excuses and make your running a priority. Your weekday runs are important to continue training injury free.

Quote of the Week:

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to Week 15!

Way to knock out another stellar long run!! The weather was rather cold but once we got going it warmed a little. I am very proud of all of those who attended the chilly Saturday morning. You never know what race day weather will be so it is good to practice in all types of conditions (safely of course). It could be raining and 35 degrees on race day with wind. The best way for us to be prepared is to practice running in all conditions. That way we know what to wear and how it will feel.

I am thankful for Austin Fit. I have grown and learned so much about training, pace groups, run/walk intervals, marathon vs. half marathon, hills, routes, coaching, Austin neighborhoods, and so much more. I am thankful to be a part of a group that gives so much love and support every week to not only me, but all the coaches and participants. I am thankful for the smiles I see, the laughs I hear, and the tears that accompany a runner or walker when they push through the tough moments and persevere to the finish of a long run or race. I am thankful for the incredible coaches who I could not function without. I am thankful for all the participants that motivate and inspire me week after week, year after year. I am thankful for Austin Fit changing MY life!!!

This Thursday, if you are in town please join Austin Fit at the Turkey Trot! The race starts at 9:30 AM and we will have our tent in the same spot as last year (Riverside/Long Center). Bring your family (Kids K is at 8:45 AM) and friends and join us for a fun 5 mile run or walk through downtown. Registration is still open online and if you can’t make it to Luke’s Locker to pick up your packet there is race day packet pick-up.

Speaking of races…register now for 3M or the Austin Half/Full Marathon if you have not yet done that. Registrations will increase and both races are expected to sell out. There are NO discounts for any training groups including Austin Fit.

With the increase in mileage we have been doing lately, you might start experiencing some IT band/outside knee pain. If this happens to you, CLICK HERE, to read about some stretches and exercises (provided by Linda Brown, Head Orange Coach) that will help!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

~ Jen Harney
info@austinfit.com

Program Information

  1. Schedule – Click Here
  2. Pace Information – Pace Spreadsheet which outlines time trial times with recommended paces for long runs, easy runs, recovery runs, tempos, various race paces, etc. Click Here.
  3. Common Questions regarding Austin Fit’s Fall program…Click Here.
  4. Team FIT Training Information and Schedule…Email info@austinfit.com
  5. What to Bring, Head Coach Contact, & Safety…Click Here
  6. Participant Questionnaire – Click Here – Please return this to your HEAD COACH
  7. Saturday’s Routes – Click Here for Saturday’s Routes

Schedule for November 30th:    

•  6:50 – 7:00 AM Meet with Head Color Coach & Assistant Color Coaches – Turn in Questionnaires and sign in with your Assistant Coach
•  7:00 AM Groups will roll out in waves
•  8:00 AM Coaches will lead stretches and Head Coaches are available for any questions or help you may need
•  Group BREAKFAST – Dominican Joe’s … try this one again!

Saturday’s Long Run Routes: 
Trail & E. 4th St. November 30th, 2013 at TxDOT – 6:50 AM

CLICK HERE for the route directions

Full Marathon –

  • Green – 15 Miles
  • Yellow/Red/Orange – 13 Miles
  • Optional shorter option – 10 Miles

Half Marathon –
All Groups – 10 Miles
* Optional shorter route – 7 Miles

15 MILES: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/trail-lab-east-4th-route-327968197 Directions • West on trail towards MoPac bride • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge • Left – Veteran’s • Left – LAB • Right – Bonnie (first right after Enfield) • Right – Exposition • Left – LAB • Right – Veteran’s • Back onto trail (stay on North side of trail heading east towards I-35) • Left – San Antonio (at the light) • Right – 4th • Right – Pedernales St. • Right – Willow St. • Left – Mildred St. to dead end • Left – Holly to trail • Pick up the trail to the Longhorn Dam • Cross the dam and continue on the trail back to Riverside • Right – Riverside • Right – Congress • Pick up trail and head east to TxDOT —- WATER Coolers will be set up at 1. Expo/LAB 2. 4th/Red River 3. Holly by the trail & power plant

13 MILES: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/trail-lab-east-4th-route-327968647 Directions • West on trail towards MoPac bride • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge • Left – Veteran’s • Left – LAB • Right – Exposition • 1st Right – 8th • Right – Norwalk Ln • Quick Left back on 8th St. • Right – Hearn St. • Left – LAB • Right – Veteran’s • Back onto trail (stay on North side of trail heading east towards I-35) • Left – San Antonio (at the light) • Right – 4th • Right – Pedernales St. • Right – Willow St. • Left – Mildred St. to dead end • Left – Holly to trail • Pick up the trail to the Longhorn Dam • Cross the dam and continue on the trail back to Riverside • Right – Riverside • Right – Congress • Pick up trail and head east to TxDOT —- WATER Coolers will be set up at 1. Expo/LAB 2. 4th/Red River 3. Holly by the trail & power plant

10 MILES: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/trail-east-4th-route-327969161 Directions: • West on trail towards MoPac bride • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge • Right on the trail (stay on North side of trail heading east towards I-35) • Left – San Antonio (at the light) • Right – 4th  • Right – Pedernales St.  • Right – Willow St. • Left – Mildred St. to dead end • Left – Holly to trail  • Pick up the trail heading southwest back to I-35 • After going under I-35, take the road immediately right to the sidewalk and cross the bridge to Riverside • Right – Riverside back to TxDOT – enter in after passing the old Sonic —- WATER Coolers will be set up at 1. 4th/Red River 2. Holly by the trail & power plant

7 MILES: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/trail-east-4th-route-327969939 Directions: • West on trail towards MoPac bride • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge • Right on the trail (stay on North side of trail heading east towards I-35) • Left – San Antonio (at the light) • Right – 4th • Right – Red River • Left – Davis (2nd Street after crossing Cesar Chavez) to dead end • Right – Rainey St. • Right – onto the trail (AF Orange Cone) • West on the trail towards Congress Ave. • Right – up the stairs to Congress Ave. • Left  – Congress Ave. • Left – Riverside • Left – AF Blvd (light by the Lake Mart) back to TxDOT —- WATER Coolers will be set up at 4th/Red River

Upcoming Field Trips!We will be going on two more field trips this fall/winter – so you can plan ahead, see meeting dates/locations listed below:
  • December 7 – We are back at Chase off Northcross/Burnet for another go of Great Northern/Shoal Creek loops!
  • December 28 – We are meeting at Austin High Tennis Courts for the Fall group to run Mt. Bonnell! Happy Holidays!!

Events & Races

For upcoming Races & Events, check out the below websites, then “Mark your Calendars.”

Texas Running Post and Luke’s Locker.

RACING: 
Thundercloud Turkey Trot – Austin: Thursday November 28th with an 8:45 AM Kids K and the timed & untimed 5 mile & 1 mile starting at 9:30 AM untimed 5 mile & 1 mile. Race will start at 701 W. Riverside Dr. in front of the Long Center. All of the run proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin. Last year’s Turkey Trot raised $325,000, and over the last 21 years the run has raised more than $1.8 million for Caritas. Register at www.thundercloud.com COST is around $30-35 dollars for the 5 mile distance.

DEALS:  

•   Turkey Trot Special Packet-Pick Up Discounts –Starting on Friday 11/22 & Saturday 11/23 $25 off your purchase of $75 or more, Sunday 11/24 & Monday 11/25 $20 off your purchase of $75 or more, and Tuesday 11/26 & Wednesday 11/27 $15 off your purchase of $50 or more.

EVENTS: at Luke’s Locker — Mark your calendars!!

  • Friday 11/22 – Wednesday 11/27 – Turkey Trot Pack Pick Up at Luke’s —REGISTER TODAY for the 5 mile Thanksgiving Tradition!! 
  • Friday 11/29 – Saturday 11/30 – Jingle Bell 5K Packet Pick Up at Luke’s —REGISTER for the 5K race held around the Domain on December 1st benefitting MADD. 
  • Wednesday 12/4 – Scott Jurek is back!!!!!!! Meet & Greet with Scott & Ultimate Direction at Luke’s Locker from 1:00-2:00 PM — Enjoy your lunch with Scott. Check out his book, one of my personal favorites, Eat & Run
  • Wednesday 12/11 – Luke’s Locker 3rd Anniversary Party
  • Click Here for more information and Luke’s Locker Austin November Calendar

Optional Weekday Workouts

FREE Workouts – 

Austin Fit Coaches lead workouts Austin

  • Coach Pat Burch – coaches in North Austin on Tuesdays/Thursdays evening workouts (Tuesdays – Anderson Track workouts/Thursdays – Balcones Hills/Tempos meeting – more details coming on time/start date. Email with questions – Pat_Burch@gmail.com
  • Coach Janice Chapman – coaches downtown Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:00 AM (TT5 group) – Meet under the MoPac bridge by Austin High. Park along the street. Tuesdays they run various routs (mostly streets with no traffic) and Thursdays are track workouts. The group is typically done around 6 AM so you have plenty of time to shower and get to work. Email with questions –JChapman1322@gmail.com.
  • Coach Linda Brown and Coach Nelly Shaw – will coach a 5:30 AM workout every Tuesday up north at Great Hills Baptist Church (10312 Jollyville Rd., Austin, Texas 78759).  Email Coach Linda or Coach Nelly if you are interested:  fayeful2000@yahoo.com or nshawtx@gmail.com
  • There will be more coaches offering workouts – details coming soon.

Luke’s Locker workouts are for all paces and abilities. visit the website or call the store (512) 482-8676 for more info! They include:

  • Tuesday 6 AM Taco Deli Run (4.5 or 7.5 miles) – Start at Luke’s (all paces) and follow a route that takes you up to the Capital and back down Congress to the trail – cut off at 4.5 miles to Luke’s or go the extra distance to MoPac and then back to Luke’s for 7.5 miles. At 7:05-10, Manager, Rod Newlin arrives with free breakfast tacos from Taco Deli. Luke’s Locker does have 1 shower in the Men’s & Women’s restroom.
  • NEW! Tuesday 6:15 PM Quality Workout – Workouts will align with Austin Fit training schedule (this group starts on Sept. 3rd) open for all paces & abilities with a 1 or 2 mile warm up option from Luke’s Locker to Austin High – Running Drills & Track Workout – Cool Down back to Luke’s – Coached by Alex Luna – Join the Facebook Page – Quality Workout in Austin for more details. Led by Julie Cattel & Noreen Jacobson
  • Wednesday 6 AM Core workout coached by Madi Webster for a total body workout – come get strong with Madi who has endless energy, it’s sure to start your day off right!
  • Wednesday 6 PM Social Run 5K around the trail with water/beer after! Take it is easy and use this group to ensure you get your 3 miles in for the day!
  • Thursday 6:15 PM Quality workout – hills, fartleks, & tempos –  workouts will align with the Austin Fit schedule. Starting at Luke’s we will have a 1 mile warm up, then get to the fun stuff!! More info on the Facebook page: Quality Workout in Austin. Led by Jen Harney.
  • Sunday Yoga at Luke’s led by Sarah Hall (Yoga Instructor & Runner) with 2 morning classes: 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga — newbies, experienced, and everyone in between are welcome. Sarah will help you with form in a calming and helpful way. She provides modifications as well. Come try it with me!!!

No Excuses Workouts – Round Rock/Cedar Park – Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 PM – check out the website for more information. These are free workouts for anyone in the community training for all different types of races & paces!

Coaches Corner

Inspiration – You are NEVER TOO OLD to start running!

HONG KONG (AP) — The world’s oldest marathon runner ran his last race on Sunday at the age of 101.

Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds.

Singh, a Sikh with a saffron turban and a flowing white beard, followed the route along the northern lip of Hong Kong island. He was accompanied by a group from the city’s local Sikh community, joining about 72,000 other runners taking part in the marathon.

The Indian-born runner, nicknamed the Turbaned Torpedo, had said that he would hang up his sneakers after the race in the southern Chinese city, just before his 102nd birthday.‘‘I will remember this day. I will miss it,’’ Singh said minutes after crossing the finish line. Singh, a great-grandfather, became the oldest man to run a full marathon at Toronto in 2011, at the age of 100.

His accomplishment was not recognized by Guinness World Records because he doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove his age. Singh has a British passport that shows his date of birth as April 1, 1911, while a letter from Indian government officials states that birth records were not kept in 1911.

‘‘I am feeling a bit of happiness and a bit of sadness mixed together. I am happy that I am retiring at the top of the game but I am sad that the time has come for me to not be part of it,’’ Singh said in a prerace interview. ‘‘And there will always be times in the future where I will be thinking, ‘Well, I used to do that (running),’’ the Punjabi-speaking Singh said through his coach and interpreter, Harmander Singh.

Singh took up running at the age of 89 as a way to get over depression after his wife and son died in quick succession in India. The death in 1994 of his son took a particularly hard toll on Singh because of its grisly nature. Singh and his son, Kuldip, both farmers, were checking on their fields in the middle of a storm when a piece of corrugated metal blown by the wind decapitated Kuldip in front of his father’s eyes.

Singh, whose five other children had emigrated, was left all alone. ‘‘He didn’t think his life was worth living without his son’’ following the traumatic incident, coach Harmander Singh said. He went to live with his youngest son in London. That’s where the sports enthusiast Singh attended tournaments organized by the Sikh community and he took part in sprints. He met some Sikh marathon runners who encouraged him to take up long-distance running. One day he saw a marathon on television for the first time and decided that’s what he wanted to do, too.

In 2000, at the age of 89, he ran the London Marathon, his first, and went on to do eight more. His best time was 5 hours and 40 minutes at the 2003 Toronto Marathon. ‘‘From a tragedy has come a lot of success and happiness,’’ Singh said before the race as he explained how running has changed his life, allowing an illiterate farmer to travel the world, meet dignitaries and stay in five-star hotels.

Following his retirement from racing, he said he hoped ‘‘people will remember me and not forget me.’’ He also wanted people to continue to invite him to events ‘‘rather than forget me altogether just because I don’t run anymore.’’

© Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Runner’s Newsletter – Summer: What is NEXT?

Closing Information:

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all participants and coaches who dedicated their lives for 26 weeks of training for a goal!! Whether that goal was to finish your first half or full marathon, set a new PR, make new friends, improve your health, inspire others to reach their goals, or just have FUN, I sincerely hope you enjoyed this season and met your goals!! We have several people heading to Shiner, TX tomorrow for the half marathon…Good LUCK to all of you!! For those of you that ran your goal race in October or the beginning of November, I hope your recovery has gone well and that you have found your way back to a routine…running, training, or trying something new! If you braved the San Antonio race last Sunday…well you deserve more kudos than I can even fathom. Those were terrible conditions for long distances such as the half and full marathon. If you finished…that is a massive accomplishment!!! Some days are like that and hopefully you can find something positive from the experience. Those of you that ran Las Vegas, I hope you had fun and memorable experience. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!!!

To ALL of you that stuck with us, Thank YOU! You are amazing rock stars and Austin Fit is PROUD of YOU!!!! Now, what is next?

  • Afterglow Celebration – Coach Mia Zmud has warmly opened her home to us for a BBQ party on  Sunday, December 8 from 4pm – 8pm.  Bring a dish, wear your medal and race shirt, and let’s celebrate the end of the season!! More details will be sent out in an evite and will also be posted on Facebook…so stay tuned!! 
  • Fall Program Transfer – If you would like to continue training – come run with the fall program. We meet a little later (enjoy the extra hour of sleep!!)  with a start time of 6:50 AM. Click Here for the Austin/3M Half/Full Marathon Schedule. This Saturday, the Half Marathon group is running 7 miles and the Full Marathon group is running 11 or 13 miles with a 9 mile shorter option. You can register ONLINE or in-person for $35. Please make sure you sign up for the Fall Runner’s Newsletter and the Austin Fit (Fall Group) Facebook page. We have not handed out shirts, but if you register you will get a participant shirt.Click Here for this week’s Fall Newsletter (also found on the group Facebook page.
  • 9-5 Training – Want to work on speed for the spring 5K/10K season?!! Well, on December 14th (Saturday) we are starting our next 9-5 session at Luke’s Locker! This training is for all levels including novice, beginner, or experienced runners or walk-to-runners. We spend 9 weeks training for 5K – this session will be the Paramount 5K on February 16, 2014 – and the group meets each Saturday morning at 7:30 AM for a quality group workout. Coach Noreen Jacobson sends weekly emails and training schedules and keeps you motivated and improving along the way!! You will also receive a 9-5 Training shirt, End-of-Season Graduation breakfast with Finish Certificate, a $25 Luke’s Locker gift card for attend the first 4 out of 5 sessions, 20% off Luke’s discount, and race discount. The cost is $60 and you can register in person or online. Questions – email: jenniferharney@lukelocker.com
  • Spring Half/Full Marathon Training – Austin Fit is thinking of offering a Spring training session and would like to know how many coaches/participants would be interested in participating. It would be a shorter season (16-21 weeks) starting on January 4th targeting races in late April to early June such as Big Sur, Nashville Country Music, Cincinnati Flying Pig, Keybank Vermont, San Diego, Oklahoma, and Vancouver. If this is something you would be interested in, please let me know!! Email – info@austinfit.com and just say YES, I’d like a Spring Half/Full Marathon Training season.
  • End of Season Survey – Austin Fit’s Summer program is putting together a survey to gain vital information on your thoughts/feelings/opinions of the season. We are working to have this to you after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please be on the look out for it. There will be a raffle prize for all who complete the survey. Your feedback is valuable to us as we grow and improve!!

Saturday 11/23 – Long Run Routes

 St. Eds Loop – November 23, 2013 

TxDOT – 6:50 AM — Raffle from 6:45-6:50!!!

Please print your routes and bring in a plastic bag.

Full Marathon –
·      Green – 13 miles
·      Yellow/Red/Orange – 11 miles
·      Optional shorter option – 9 miles or 7 miles
Half Marathon –
Everyone down – 7 miles

7 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/7-st-eds-5th-loop-route-321440491
Directions:
·      East out of TxDOT
·      Right – AF Blvd.
·      Right – Riverside
·      Left – Congress
·      Left – Academy at the light
·      2nd Right – Newning
·      Left – Annie
·      Right – East Side Dr. turns into University
·      Left – Theater (curves right)
·      Right – Woodward (turns into Lightsey) — WATER at Theater/Woodward
·      Left – 1st
·      Quick Right – Cardinal
·      Right – 5th
·      Cross Barton Springs and follow the sidewalk through Butler Park to Riverside
·      Hit the trail and head east back to TxDOT

9 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/9-st-eds-5th-loop-route-321446781
Directions:
·      East out of TxDOT
·      Right – AF Blvd.
·      Right – Riverside
·      Left – Congress
·      Left – Academy at the light
·      2nd Right – Newning
·      Left – Annie
·      Right – East Side Dr. turns into University
·      Left – Theater (curves right)
·      Right – Woodward (turns into Lightsey) — WATER at Theater/Woodward
·      Left – 1st
·      Quick Right – Cardinal
·      Right – 5th
·      Left – Mary & cross Lamar– WATER at Mary/5th
·      Mary turns into Hether
·      Right = Goodrich
·      Curve right – Garner
·      Left – Dexter
·      Right – Lund
·      Left – Robert E. Lee
·      Cut through parking lot to trail
·      Right – Trail & under Barton Springs Rd.
·      East on trail back to TxDOT

11 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/11-st-eds-5th-loop-route-321443841
Directions:
·      East out of TxDOT
·      Right – AF Blvd.
·      Right – Riverside
·      Left – Congress
·      Left – Academy at the light
·      2nd Right – Newning
·      Left – Annie
·      Right – East Side Dr. turns into University
·      Left – Theater (curves right)
·      Right – Woodward (turns into Lightsey) – WATER at Theater/Woodward
·      Left – 1st
·      Quick Right – Cardinal to dead end
·      Left – Garden Villa to dead end
·      Right – Banister and cross Hwy 290/71
·      Right – Redd – WATER at Banister/Redd
·      Right – Manchaca and cross Hwy 290/71
·      Right- Lamar
·      Right – Oltorf
·      Left – 5th turns into Dawson – WATER at Mary/5th
·      Left – Barton Springs
·      Right – Lee Barton by Jack and Adams
·      Right – Riverside and hook back on the trail heading east to TxDOT 

13 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/13-st-eds-5th-loop-route-321448197
Directions:
·      East out of TxDOT
·      Right – AF Blvd.
·      Right – Riverside
·      Left – Congress
·      Left – Academy at the light
·      2nd Right – Newning
·      Left – Annie
·      Right – East Side Dr. turns into University
·      Left – Theater (curves right)
·      Right – Woodward (turns into Lightsey) — WATER at Theater/Woodward
·      Left – 1st
·      Quick Right – Cardinal to dead end
·      Left – Garden Villa to dead end
·      Right – Banister and cross Hwy 290/71 – WATER at Banister/Redd
·      Banister to dead end
·      Left – Green Forest/Mt. Vernon
·      Right – St. Elmo Cir
·      1st Right – Vinson – turns into Emerald Forest
·      Left – Meadow Creek Dr.
·      Left – Emerald Wood Dr.
·      Quick & 1st  Right – Aberdean Dr.
·      Right – Englewood Dr. to dead end
·      Right – Philco
·      Quick Left (1st) 3rd St. to dead end
·      Left – St. Elmo Rd. to dead end
·      Right – Mt. Vernon
·      Left – Casey St.
·      Right – Banister – WATER at Banister/Redd
·      Left – Garden Villa
·      Right – Cardinal
·      Left – 5th St. – WATER at Mary/5th
·      Cross Barton Springs and follow the sidewalk through Butler Park to Riverside
·      Hit the trail and head east back to TxDOT

Runner’s Newsletter – Nov. 11-17

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Runners’ Newsletter – Nov. 2-10

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Runner’s Newsletters: Oct 28-Nov 3

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Runner’s Newsletters – October 21-27

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Runner’s Weekly Newsletter – Oct. 14-20

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Runner’s Weekly Newsletter October 7-13, 2013

The weekly newsletter contains all the pertinent information for the up-coming week including, routes, events, workout groups, tips, coach corner, & more…please click on the above links to read what’s going on in your group. Click on the links below:

Questions: inf0@austinfit.com

Thanks so much and happy training!!

~ Jen Harney

Volunteers Needed IBM 10K/5K Packet Pick-Up/Race Day 10/4-10/6

Luke’s Locker is in need of volunteers to help with the IBM Uptown Classic 10K/5K race on Sunday, October 6th.

All volunteers will receive:

  • Breakfast the morning of the race
  • Volunteer shirt
  • Special shopping/appreciation night with 25% off at Luke’s Locker on Friday October 13 with raffle prizes including gift cards, mizuno shoes, clothes, etc. with keg/snacks!
We’ve created a multi-part event with all the specifics for each shift listed out. Volunteers can find it via our calendar page, or by going directly to this link: http://www.austinparks.org/ibm-classic-2013.html
Questions: jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com

9/28 Running Routes

Summer Training Week 19 – 9/28 Shoal Creek Trail – Start Time – 5:50 AM at TxDOT parking lot

 Full Marathon – all races & Team Fit

  • Green – 16 miles or 14 if feeling beat up from last week.
  • Yellow/Red – 14 miles or 12 if feeling beat up from last week.
  • Orange – 12 miles or 10 miles if feeling beat up from last week.

Half Marathon – all races

  • Green/Yellow – 8 miles
  • Red/Orange – 7 miles

Fall Training: Week 6 – 9/28 Shoal Creek Trail – Start Time – 6:50 AM at TxDOT parking lot

Full Marathon (Houston 1/19, USA Fit 1/26, New Orleans (2/2), Austin 2/16, & Cowtown 2/23)

  • Green – 10 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 7 miles
  • Orange – 6 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

Full Marathon (Jan 13th race date)

  • Green/Yellow/Red color groups – 2 mile add on
  • Orange – 3 mile add on

Half Marathon (3M 1/19 & Austin 2/16)

  • Green – 7 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 6 miles
  • Orange – 5 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

ROUTES/MAPS:

5 Miles = http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/289038083

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. you are on the west side of Lamar
  • Turn around at the bridge/AF Cone and head back to TxDOT the same way you came.

6 Miles = http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/289039619

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange
  • Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Turn around at Shoal Creek Blvd (Orange Cone)
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

7 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-shoal-creek-route-152375079

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Turn around at Shoal Creek Blvd (Orange Cone)
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

8 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-shoal-creek-route-153337911

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Turn around at 29th St. (bridge after the 7 mile turnaround – they have a cone)
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

10 Miles = http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/153137019

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st and pick up the trail on the left (WATER cooler)
  • Take the 38th St. path up to 38th St.
  • Right – 38th (cold WATER and Restrooms inside the Hospital ~ Mile 5)
  • Right – Medical Parkway
  • Left – 34th
  • Right – Lamar
  • Pick back up on the Shoal Creek trail after crossing 31st
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you came up.

12 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/153343915

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st  (WATER by the trail entrance)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – Speedway
  • Right – 38th
  • Right – Tom Green (used to be Ave H…so not sure what the street sign will say)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – 31st back down Shoal Creek trail
  • Head back to TxDOT the same way you went out.

14 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/267578585

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st  (WATER by the trail entrance)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – Speedway (to dead end)
  • Right – trail (WATER stop ~ mile 7) towards 47th St.
  • Right – Ave G
  • Right – 38th
  • Left – Speedway
  • Left – 34th
  • Left – 31st WATER/Gatorade ~ back to the trail and to TxDOT

16 Mileshttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/291552157

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd
  • Left – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger Pedestrian bridge over to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – Henderson
  • Shoal Creek Trail entrance is on the right before 9th St. – Orange Cone
  • Left or North on the Trail
  • Follow the trail north
  • After going under 15th St. take the bridge to the left to continue on the trail (Orange Cone) and enter Pease Park
  • WATER at Pease Park entrance by the restrooms (~ Mile 3)
  • Trail ends on 31st St.
  • Left – 31st  (WATER by the trail entrance)
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – Speedway (to dead end)
  • Right – trail (WATER stop ~ mile 7) towards 47th St.
  • Left – Ave. F
  • Right – 56th (last street before Koenig/2222)
  • Right – Duval
  • Right – 32nd  (to dead end)
  • Right – Speedway
  • Left – 34th
  • Left – 31st WATER/Gatorade ~ back to the trail and to TxDOT

 

 

TED Talk – I believe running can change the world!

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.

The Beirut Marathon is the largest running event in the Middle East. May El-Khalil founded it as an instrument of peace.

Check out this video to watch this amazing Ted Talk by May El-Khalil!

 

Saturday 9/21 Running Routes

SUMMER TRAINING GROUP  – Meet at 5:50 AM at TxDOT

  • Full Marathon – 30K
  • Half Marathon – 20K

Chicago Marathon runners that did not complete the 21 miler last week will need to do a 2.5 mile add on to get in 21 this Saturday.

FALL TRAINING GROUP – Meet at 6:50 AM at TxDOT! We have a raffle and seminar “Body Image” – by Kathleen Choe

Week 5 – 9/21 Travis Heights 

Full Marathon (Houston 1/19, USA Fit 1/26, New Orleans 2/2, Austin 2/16, Cowtown 2/23)

  • Green – 8 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 6 miles
  • Orange – 5 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

Full Marathon (Jan 13th race date)

  • Green – 8 miles + 2 mile add on
  • Yellow/Red – 6 miles + 2 mile add on OR follow the 8 mile route
  • Orange – 5 miles + 3mile add on OR follow the 6 mile route w/2 mile add on

Half Marathon (3M 1/19 & Austin)

  • Green – 6 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 5 miles
  • Orange – 4 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

30K – Benchmark: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/217184695

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Right – AF Blvd.
  • Right – Riverside
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge
  • Left – around Luke’s to Lamar
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – (1st) Henderson
  • Right (AF Cone) onto the Shoal Creek trail
  • Left – Trail – follow to Pease Park
  • Left – onto Kingsbury – follow AF Cone through to Windsor
  • Right – Windsor turns into Niles

WATER/Gatorade – Niles & Hartford ~ Mile 3

  • Right – Hartford – curve left onto Jefferson
  • Right – 32nd
  • Left – Kerby (Restrooms at the Randalls)
  • Right – 35th
  • Left – Shoal Creek

WATER/Gatorade – Shoal Creek & 45th (mile 6)

  • Right – Hancock for 1 block
  • Quick left on Woodview and then RIGHT – North Loop
  • Left – Woodrow Ave.
  • Right – Romeria Dr.
  • Quick Left – Lamar & then Right Denson Dr.
  • Right – Guadalupe (stay on this road for ~ .25 miles)
  • Left – AF Cone – across the bridge to Skyview Rd.
  • Right – Ave F

WATER – Skyview & Ave. F (Mile 9)

  • Left – 53rd
  • Right – Ave. G
  • Left – 38th
  • Right – Red River

WATER/Gatorade – Red River & Dean Keaton (Mile 12)

  • Left – 4th – go under I-35
  • Right- Robert Martinez Jr.

WATER – Robert Martinez & 4th St.

  • Curves right – keep following the road
  • Left – Chicon (around 16 miles)
  • Right – (1st) Nash Hernandez Senior Rd.
  • Left – East Ave. – go under i-35
  • Left – River St.
  • Right – Rainey St. to dead end
  • Left – Driskill St. to dead end
  • Right – Red River
  • Left – Cesar Chavez
  • Left – Congress
  • Left – Riverside
  • Left – AF Blvd (lake mart store)
  • Left – into TxDOT

20K Benchmark: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288961239

Directions:

  • East out TxDOT
  • Right – AF Blvd.
  • Right – Riverside
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge
  • Left – around Luke’s to Lamar
  • Right – Lamar
  • Right – 6th
  • Left – (1st) Henderson
  • Right (AF Cone) onto the Shoal Creek trail
  • Left – Trail – follow to Pease Park
  • Left – onto Kingsbury – follow AF Cone through to Windsor
  • Right – Windsor turns into Niles

WATER/Gatorade – Niles & Hartford ~ Mile 3

  • Right – Hartford – curve left onto Jefferson
  • Right – 32nd
  • Left – Kerby (Restrooms at the Randalls)
  • Right – 35th
  • Left – Shoal Creek

WATER/Gatorade – Shoal Creek & 45th (mile 6)

  • Right – 45th
  • Left – Guadalupe
  • Right – 46th
  • Right – Ave. G
  • Left – 38th
  • Right – Red River

WATER/Gatorade – Red River & Dean Keaton (Mile 9.75ish)

  • Right – Cesar Chavez
  • Left – Congress
  • Left – Riverside
  • Left – AF Blvd (lake mart store)
  • Left – into TxDOT

Week 5 – 9/21 Travis Heights – Fall Training Group

Full Marathon (Houston 1/19, USA Fit 1/26, New Orleans 2/2, Austin 2/16, Cowtown 2/23)

  • Green – 8 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 6 miles
  • Orange – 5 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

Full Marathon (Jan 13th race date)

  • Green – 8 miles + 2 mile add on
  • Yellow/Red – 6 miles + 2 mile add on OR follow the 8 mile route
  • Orange – 5 miles + 3mile add on OR follow the 6 mile route w/2 mile add on

Half Marathon (3M 1/19 & Austin)

  • Green – 6 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 5 miles
  • Orange – 4 miles
  • Team FIT – Optional 2 mile add on

4 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/127737693

Directions

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right on No Name street
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Right – Avondale
  • Quick Left on Alta Vista and turn right back on Avondale
  • Left – Alameda
  • Right across the bride (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Straight- Pecan Grove (to dead end)
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Academy
  • Left – onto the Circle Greenbelt trail (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Curves right on The Cir road
  • Left – Nickerson St.
  • Left – Annie (turns into Woodland Ave after crossing East Side Dr.)
  • Right – Alameda
  • Left – Fairmount
  • Left – Travis Heights
  • Left – Riverside back to TxDOT

5 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/127740103

Directions

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right on No Name street
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Right – Avondale
  • Quick Left on Alta Vista and turn right back on Avondale
  • Left – Alameda
  • Right across the bride (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Straight- Pecan Grove (to dead end)
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Academy
  • Left – onto the Circle Greenbelt trail (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Curves right on The Cir road
  • Left – Nickerson St.
  • Left – Mary
  • Right – Brackenridge
  • Left – Live Oak (WATER @ Big Stacy Pool ~ 3 Miles)
  • Left – Kenwood Ave (This street curves around a lot so make sure you STAY on the right street…you should always be on Kenwood)
  • Left – Harwood
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Congress
  • Turn back into TxDOT parking lot off of Congress

6 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/127745081

Directions

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right on No Name street
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Right – Avondale
  • Quick Left on Alta Vista and turn right back on Avondale
  • Left – Alameda
  • Right across the bride (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Straight- Pecan Grove (to dead end)
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Academy
  • Left – onto the Circle Greenbelt trail (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Curves right on The Cir road
  • Left – Nickerson St.
  • Right – Mary (WATER @ Mary/2nd ~ 3 Miles)
  • Left – 2nd
  • Left – Live Oak (WATER @ Big Stacy Pool ~ 4 Miles)
  • Left – Kenwood Ave (This street curves around a lot so make sure you STAY on the right street…you should always be on Kenwood)
  • Left – Harwood
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Congress
  • Turn back into TxDOT parking lot off of Congress

8 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/127747913

Directions

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right on No Name street
  • Left – Riverside
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Right – Avondale
  • Quick Left on Alta Vista and turn right back on Avondale
  • Left – Alameda
  • Right across the bride (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Straight- Pecan Grove (to dead end)
  • Right – Newning
  • Left – Academy
  • Left – onto the Circle Greenbelt trail (look for the AF Orange cone)
  • Curves right on The Cir road
  • Left – Nickerson St.
  • Right – Mary (WATER @ Mary/2nd ~ 3 Miles)
  • Left – 5th (cross Oltorf…be careful)
  • Left – Cardinal (turns into Lightsey after 1st St.)
  • Left – Theater (St. Edwards) curves left
  • Right – University (turns into East Side Dr. after St. Edwards Dr)
  • Right – Live Oak (WATER @ Big Stacy Pool ~ 6.5 Miles)
  • Left – Kenwood Ave (This street curves around a lot so make sure you STAY on the right street…you should always be on Kenwood)
  • Left – Harwood
  • Right – Travis Heights
  • Left – Riverside back to TxDOT

 

 

Runners – DO NOT MEET at TxDOT tomorrow 9/14!

All runners are meeting under the MoPac bridge parking lot by Austin High’s tennis courts on Saturday, September 14th! 

  • Summer Training – meet at 5:50 AM
  • Fall Training – meet at 6:50 AM

Questions: info@austinfit.com

Summer & Fall Running Routes – 9/14

SUMMER TRAINING – Mt. Bonnell (or not) – Meet at 5:50 AM under the MoPac bridge by the Austin High Tennis Courts

Okay…this was tough. We have lots of options here. If you are racing Chicago or other early October Marathon there is a flatter first 5 mile option to do instead of Mt. Bonnell (if you aren’t feeling up to the 250 foot climb!).

Full Marathon Groups:

  • Chicago or October 13 Marathons – 21 Miles
  • Green group – 21 Miles
  • Yellow/Red – 17 Miles
  • Orange – 15 Miles
  • Team FIT – 2 mile add on for 17 milers only.

Half Marathon Groups:

  • All groups have 11 Miles on the schedule – but if you want there is an 8.5 mile Mt. Bonnell option with less hills on the way back.
  • There are 1, 2, & 3 mile trail option add on routes for anyone wanting that option.

FLATTER 1ST 5.3 MILES – NO MT. BONNELL for 15, 17, or 21 miles

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288447465

Groups will meet back up at the 5.3-5.4 mile at Balcones & Perry – Water/Gatorade Stop

*Note: There are a lot of turns early…please read through the directions carefully and look at the map!

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Hearn (dead end)
  • Right – 8th (Mt. Bonnell group is going Left on 8th!) to dead end
  • Left – Meriden to dead end
  • Right – 12th
  • Left – Daily (1st street) to dead end
  • Left – Quarry Rd.
  • Right – Meriden (1st right) to dead end
  • Right – Enfield
  • Quick Left – Forest Tr. (1st left)
  • 1st Right – Bridle Path
  • Curves Left – Sharon Ln.
  • Right – Windsor
  • Left – Hartford (1st street after going under MoPac)
  • Curve Left – Jefferson
  • Left – Mohle Dr. (street after Northwood) to dead end
  • Right – Oakmont
  • Left – 35th
  • Right – Jackson (street runs parallel to MoPac on the east side) to dead end
  • Left – Bull Creek
  • Left – 45th going under MoPac
  • 45th turns into Highland Terrace
  • Highland Terrance curves left and turns into Perry
  • WATER/Gatorade stop at Perry & Balcones – wait for group there! J

17 & 21 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288429063

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Hearn (dead end)
  • Left – 8th
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st right)
  • Quick Left – 12th, then quick Right back on Possum Trot
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Exposition (cross Expo so you are on the west side)
  • Left – Bonnie (1st left)
  • Right – Pecos
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos (~ 3 miles)
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd.
  • Up the stairs to take a picture!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr. — not the same road you came up on!
  • Left – Balcones
  • Water/Gatorade – Balcones & Perry (before mile 6) – pick up with non-MB group
  • Right – Northland (2222) stay on the side with the sidewalk
  • Under MoPac
  • Left – Louise Ln. (1st Left) to dead end
  • Right – Fairlane
  • Left – Marilyn Dr. (1st Left) to dead end
  • Left – White Rock
  • Right – Great Northern
  • Right – Stoneway to dead end
  • Right – Shoal Creek
  • WATER – Shoal Creek & 2222 – on the left after going through the light ~ 9 miles
  • Left – 38th (cross 38th at the light and get on the south side of the street)
  • Water/Restrooms inside the hospital ~ 11 miles
  • Right – Medical Pkwy
  • Left – 34th
  • Right – Speedway (turns into University after 31st)
  • Left – 30th
  • Right – Speedway into UT
  • Water/Restrooms inside Jester  ~ 13 miles (building up the stairs on the SE corner of 21st & Speedway)
  • Speedway curves left – Don’t go left – cut through the sidewalk between the buildings to MLK
  • Go straight and cross MLK – you are now on Congress Ave. – Bob Bullock is on your right
  • Go around the Capital (doesn’t matter which side)
  • Right – 11th
  • Left – Rio Grande (dead ends)
  • Left – 4th
  • Right – San Antonio & cross Cesar Chavez

17 MILES –

  • Right – Trail/Cesar Chavez
  • Take the trail back to the tennis courts

21 MILEShttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288433379 

  • Left – Trail towards I-35
  • Cross I-35 bridge  over the lake
  • Right – Riverside
  • Right – Austin Fit Blvd (white lake mart store)
  • Left – Trail towards MoPac (west) back to Austin High tennis courts

15 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/mt-bonnell-15-route-279055629

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Hearn (dead end)
  • Left – 8th
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st right)
  • Quick Left – 12th, then quick Right back on Possum Trot
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Exposition (cross Expo so you are on the west side)
  • Left – Bonnie (1st left)
  • Right – Peeks
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos (~ 3 miles)
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd.
  • Up the stairs to take a picture!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr. — not the same road you came up on!
  • Left – Balcones
  • Right – Hancock
  • Water/Gatorade – Balcones & Perry (before mile 6)
  • Right – Shoal Creek
  • Left – 38th (cross 38th at the light and get on the south side of the street)
  • Water/Restrooms inside the hospital ~ after 8 miles
  • Right – Medical Pkwy
  • Left – 34th
  • Right – Speedway (turns into University after 31st)
  • Left – 30th
  • Right – Speedway into UT
  • Water/Restrooms inside Jester  ~ 10 miles (building up the stairs on the SE corner of 21st & Speedway)
  • Speedway curves left – Don’t go left – cut through the sidewalk between the buildings to MLK
  • Go straight and cross MLK – you are now on Congress Ave. – Bob Bullock is on your right
  • Go around the Capital (doesn’t matter which side)
  • Right – 11th
  • Left – Rio Grande (dead ends)
  • Left – 4th
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Cross Cesar Chavez and take the pedestrian pathway on 1st St. over the lake
  • Take the stairs down to the trail and follow the South side of the trail West towards MoPac
  • Water fountain & restrooms along trail ~ 13 miles

11 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/mt-bonnell-11-route-279053745

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Hearn (dead end)
  • Left – 8th
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st right)
  • Quick Left – 12th, then quick Right back on Possum Trot
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Exposition (cross Expo so you are on the west side)
  • Left – Bonnie (1st left)
  • Right – Pecos
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos (~ 3 miles)
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd.
  • Up the stairs to take a picture!
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr. — not the same road you came up on!
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – Mt. Barker Dr. (2nd Left)
  • Curves right twice and ends up on Crestway Dr.
  • Continue Left  on Crestway Dr. (dead ends)
  • Right – Perry Ln.
  • WATER/Gatorade – Balcones & Perry (before mile 6)
  • After crossing Balcones Perry turns into Madrona Dr.
  • Madrona Dr. curves right — DO NOT GO Right — Go LEFT on Glen Rose Dr.
  • Glen Rose Dr. curves right into Edgemont
  • Left – Balcones
  • Left – 35th and then quick Right – Pecos
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos ~ 7.5 miles
  • Right – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic – if you go straight you end up on Matthews — don’t do that or you will miss the beautiful view!
  • Scenic curves left and head UP your last major hill before heading home. I suggest stopping at the top and taking a picture!
  • Scenic curves left and turns into Sevenson Ave.
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry which turns into Scenic briefly and then LAB
  • Right – Veteran’s back to Austin High’s tennis courts

Shorter Route Option ~ 8.5 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/mt-bonnell-route-161573404

  • Right – Veteran’s
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Hearn (dead end)
  • Left – 8th
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st right)
  • Quick Left – 12th, then quick Right back on Possum Trot
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Exposition (cross Expo so you are on the west side)
  • Left – Bonnie (1st left)
  • Right – Pecos
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos (~ 3 miles)
  • Left – 35th
  • Left – Old Bull Creek Rd.
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Rd.
  • Up the stairs to take a picture! J
  • Right – Mt. Bonnell Dr. — not the same road you came up on!
  • Right – Balcones
  • Left – 35th and then quick Right – Pecos
  • WATER – Scenic & Pecos ~ 7.5 miles
  • Left – Northwood Rd.
  • Right – Exposition (run against traffic) to dead end
  • Left – LAB
  • Right – Veteran’s back to start

FALL TRAINING GROUP – Possum Trot/Pecos – Meet at 6:50 AM under the MoPac bridge by the Austin High Tennis Courts

Full Marathon

  • Green – 7 Miles
  • Yellow/Red – 5 Miles
  • Orange – 5 Miles

Half Marathon

  • Green – 5 Miles
  • Yellow/Red/Orange – 4 Miles
  • Team FIT – all groups have a 2 mile add on

4 Mile – Possum Trot f/Austin High

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/272726635

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s (dead ends)
  • Left – LAB (Lake Austin Blvd) – cross the street at the light
  • Right – Hearn
  • Left – 8th (dead ends)
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st Right)
  • Left – 12th
  • Right back – Possum Trot (dead ends)
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Pecos
  • Right – Clearview (4th St.)
  • Right – Exposition
  • Left – LAB
  • Right – Veteran’s back to Austin High tennis courts

5 Mile – Pecos f/Austin High

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/272737449

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s (dead ends)
  • Left – LAB (Lake Austin Blvd) – cross the street at the light
  • Right – Hearn
  • Left – 8th (dead ends)
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st Right)
  • Left – 12th
  • Right back – Possum Trot (dead ends)
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Pecos
  • Left – Windsor
  • Left – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic and then LAB)
  • Take LAB back towards MoPac
  • WATER at LAB/Enfield – Restrooms at Mozarts
  • Right – Veteran’s to Austin High tennis courts

7 Mile – Pecos f/Austin High

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/272740881

Directions:

  • Right – Veteran’s (dead ends)
  • Left – LAB (Lake Austin Blvd) – cross the street at the light
  • Right – Hearn
  • Left – 8th (dead ends)
  • Right – Possum Trot (1st Right)
  • Left – 12th
  • Right back – Possum Trot (dead ends)
  • Left – Enfield
  • Right – Pecos
  • Right – Greenlee
  • Left – Hillview (1st Left)
  • Left – Maria Anna Rd. (2nd left right before Casis Elm.) to dead end
  • Left – Northwood (turns into Wade after crossing Pecos) to dead end
  • Left – Scenic
  • Right – Scenic up the big hill
  • Left – Stevenson
  • Right – Rockmoor
  • Right – Cherry (turns into Scenic and then LAB)
  • Take LAB back towards MoPac
  • WATER at LAB/Enfield – Restrooms at Mozarts
  • Right – Veteran’s to Austin High tennis courts

2 Mile add on http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/272744657

Directions:

  • Left – Trail (EAST)
  • Turn around at the Lamar bridge and head back

MORE Add on options –

Trail – 1 mile: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288475481

  • Cross MoPac pedestrian bridge, left (east) on trail to the railroad track/water fountains, turn around and head back to the Rock

Trail – 2 mile: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288476771

  • Cross MoPac pedestrian bridge, left (east) on trail past the railroad track/water fountains, the trail curves right and go about 50 meters and then turn around and head back to the Rock

Trail – 3 mile: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/288478027

  • Cross MoPac pedestrian bridge, left (east) on trail until the trail curves right, then go over the wooden bridge (left), and take the trail left, go under the Lamar bridge, take the Pfluger pedestrian bridge across the lake, go down the stairs or spiral round about and head back west on the trail to MoPack

Walking Weekday Training Events

2013 Weekday Walking Training Events:

The walking group has weekday training events.  Join us!

CENTRAL: Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.  Walking for Fitness
Coach Elayne Barber cell 658-4269 – call\text before noon to confirm
Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway Drive  (I will be at the southeast corner of 39th and Speedway)

NORTH: Monday – @ 7:00 a.m. Walking for Fitness
Coach Kay Horn will meet you call\text her before 6pm the evening before to confirm 917-6159
Lamar Middle School  6201 Wynona Ave. Austin, Texas 78757

NORTH: Monday – @ 6:00 p.m. Walking for Fitness
Coach Paula Bostick will meet you call\text her before noon to confirm 743-7735
Meeting in parking lot of the strip mall across the street from ACC Northridge Campus @ the southwest corner by Metric and Stonehollow Dr.

CENTRAL: Wednesday @ 7:15 a.m. Walking for fitness (Ingrid is out of the county until end of September – Call \no text John Berry see below)
Coach Ingrid Berry call\text before 6pm the evening before confirm 512-7508416
Luke’s Locker 115 Sandra Muraida Way, 78703

CENTRAL: Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.  Walking for Fitness
Coach Elayne Barber cell 658-4269 – call\text before noon to confirm
Elemental Bodywork, 10806 Plains Trail, 78758
CENTRAL: Thursday @ 6 p.m. Hill Training 
Coach John Berry call before noon to confirm cell 921-1472 – no texting only voice messages
Russells Bakery, 3339 Hancock Dr.

SOUTH: Thursday – @ 7:15 p.m. Hill training
Coach Brenda Gustafson will meet you call\text her before noon to confirm 914-7405
Meet behind the Shipleys Donuts
8213 Brodie Lane  (corner of Brodie Lane and Plantation.)

Join our Fall Training…

Train for the Austin Half/Full Marathon, 3M Half Marathon, or other winter races!!

It starts NOW…

It’s not too late to join the Fall training program targeting winter half and full marathons!! Our half marathoners are up to 3 and 4 miles, while the marathoners are between 4 and 6 miles. We have several pace groups for both experienced and beginner runners & walkers. You can register ONLINE (credit card) or IN PERSON (cash/check only) through September 21st.

We make running FUN and training SIMPLE! Just lace up your shoes & LIVE FIT!! 

 Saturday – September 7, 2013 

Registration Check-In 6:30-6:45 AM (7:00 AM – Groups leave TxDOT with their coach/pace group) TxDOT parking lot 150 E. Riverside

Email – Jen Harney at info@austinfit.com for more details

Summer Training – Week 16

Saturday Information 9/7:

Meet at TxDOT 5:50 AM – Groups leave at 6:00 AM
Breakfast – Torchy’s Taco – Trailer off 1st
Click Here for route directions/maps – We are hitting the trail!!

  • Full Marathon: 18, 13, and 11 mile options
  • Half Marathon: 13, 11, 10, and 7 mile options

Tip of the week:

Get a massage! Most runners love to get a massage. Not only does it feel great, but it can also help speed recovery, reduce muscles soreness and facilitate injury healing. There is, however, a lot of confusion when it comes to massage.
Typical questions include:

  1. When is the best time to get one?
  2. Which type is best for runners?
  3. What common mistakes should I be wary of?

Click Here to read more!

 

Upcoming Events/Races

*Check out the new website: Texas Running Post or Luke’s Locker for more races/events around the area.  
 
RACES: 

 Marathon Relay – Sunday September 22nd – The Marathon Relay is a six person team road running event. Six team members each run 4.37 miles, which is a cumulative distance of exactly 26.2 miles, a full marathon. Each leg of the relay starts and finishes from the same point on Riverside Drive and follows the same course route. 
 IBM Uptown 5K/10K – presented by Luke’s Locker – October 6 with the fastest 10K course in town and the kick-off of the Austin Distance Challenge. Discount Code: $5.00 off –  IBM2013FIT

FREE EVENTS: at Luke’s Locker this September!

  • Running Form Clinic – Monday Sept. 9th at 6:00 PM – Must reserve a spot as space is limited to 20 people. Improve your form with 4 basic tips from Coach Raul Garcia!! RSVP: Email – raulgarcia@lukeslocker.com or call(512) 482-8676
  • Watch Q & A – Saturday Sept. 14th at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Stop by Luke’s after your long run and check out the latest models, get help, or ask questions about our watches, heart rate monitors, or GPS gadgets. Michael Bush, Accessory Manager is our expert in this area and will guide you through utilizing the latest technology for your training.
  • Road Kill Run – Sunday Sept. 15th at 8:00 AM – Meet at Spyglass Trailhead for an out/back easy trail run 30-60 minutes! Beginners, Experienced, or Advanced trail runners are encouraged to attend!
  • YoRUNga with Rese – Tuesday Sept. 17th at 6:30 PM – Join us for a 30 minute run followed by a 30 minute yoga class.
  • Runner’s Happy Hour – Wednesday Sept 18 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM – 5K Social Run at 6:00 PM, followed by LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, DRINKS at 6:30 PM with Leopold and his Fiction. Wear an IBM Uptown Classic 5K/10K shirt or register for the race on-site for a special shopping discount! Raffle prizes as well around 7:30 PM.
  • Injury Prevention Seminar – Wednesday Sept. 25th at 6:30 PM with Dr. Sellers & Dr. Olsen from Performance Wellness. They will be discussing the most common running injuries, various causes for injures, treatment options, and injury prevention tips.
  • Ladies ONLY Self-Defense Boxing Class & Shopping Night with Pink Gloves Boxing! Thursday Sept. 26th at 6:30 PM – Ladies, grab your friends and join us for a fun evening learning self-defense basics, sample boxing class, and receive special shopping discounts on all pink & black apparel!

Optional Weekday Training

FREE Workouts –

  • Coach Troy (Yellow Marathon group) will be coaching aTuesday morning hills 6 AM weekday workout off Great Hills in North Austin. Meet in the Petsmart parking lot and please email Coach Troy if you are planning on attending or if you have any questions about the route/distance troyhemstreet@suddenlink.net
  • Luke’s Locker workouts are for all paces and abilities. visit the website or call the store (512) 482-8676 for more info! They include:
  1. Tuesday 6 AM Taco Deli Run (4.5 or 7.5 miles) – Start at Luke’s (all paces) and follow a route that takes you up to the Capital and back down Congress to the trail – cut off at 4.5 miles to Luke’s or go the extra distance to MoPac and then back to Luke’s for 7.5 miles. At 7:05-10, Manager, Rod Newlin arrives with free breakfast tacos from Taco Deli. Luke’s Locker does have 1 shower in the Men’s & Women’s restroom. 
  2. NEW! Tuesday 6:15 PM Quality Workout – Workouts will align with Austin Fit training schedule (this group starts on Sept. 3rd) open for all paces & abilities with a 1 or 2 mile warm up option from Luke’s Locker to Austin High – Running Drills & Track Workout – Cool Down back to Luke’s – Coached by Alex Luna – Join the Facebook Page – Quality Workout in Austin for more details. Led by Julie Cattel & Noreen Jacobson
  3. Wednesday 6 AM Core workout coached by Madi Webster for a total body workout – come get strong with Madi who has endless energy, it’s sure to start your day off right!
  4. Wednesday 6 PM Social Run 5K around the trail with water/beer after! Take it is easy and use this group to ensure you get your 3 miles in for the day!
  5. Thursday 6:15 PM Quality workout – hills, fartleks, & tempos –  workouts will align with the Austin Fit schedule. Starting at Luke’s we will have a 1 mile warm up, then get to the fun stuff!! More info on the Facebook page: Quality Workout in Austin. Led by Jen Harney.
  6. Sunday Yoga at Luke’s led by Sarah Hall (Yoga Instructor & Runner) with 2 morning classes: NEW! 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga — newbies, experienced, and everyone in between are welcome. Sarah will help you with form in a calming and helpful way. She provides modifications as well. Come try it with me!!! 
  • Other Free Groups in Round Rock & Cedar Park – Bill Schroader’s No Excuses Monday & Wednesday evening workouts. All levels, paces, and backgrounds are welcome. Check out his website.
  • If you know of any other free groups please let us know!

Team FIT Workouts – Try it out for free!

 

Coach Corner:

Looking to laugh — check out this website of the terrible and wonderful reasons why he runs long distance…the Oatmeal!! Happy Running!!

Runner’s Newsletter – Fall Training – Week 3

QUOTE of the WEEK:

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough,strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” John Bingham, running speaker and writer

TIP of the WEEK: 



“It’s not (just) the heat that matters! How to cope with the muggy weather…” Click Here to read Tips for Running in Humidity

WELCOME TO WEEK 3!
 

Long Run Pace: If you are new to running or maybe returning after a break, then it might be hard to figure out what pace to run your long runs. Typically you want to run your long runs 30-90 seconds slower than your half/full marathon race pace. For some, your running pace will not vary between a long run, a race, and an easy run. It’s all the same and you are just trying to finish. That is okay!  As you become more experienced and incorporate hard workouts into your training, there will start to be more of a difference between it all. I use the McMillan Calculator to help me figure out my paces. Remember, you can move up or down in pace groups on Saturdays until you find the right long run pace for you.

Run/Walk Intervals: Everyone is different and we are not here to say one way is better than another. Some coaches and members will include the walking into the overall pace and others won’t. Some coaches/members will include lights and water stops into the overall pace and others won’t. However, we are all out on Saturday mornings trying to complete the distance so we can finish or PR in our goal race. Talk to your coach and if you are not comfortable training one way, let them know so we can find you a group/coach that you can switch to. You are not stuck in any group or with any coach. A good tip would be to find another member who likes running the same intervals that you do and try and stay together. The great thing about us all doing the same route is that you will see lots of Austin Fitters along the way.

Have a fantastic week and I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning (6:50 AM start time)!

~ Jennifer Harney, info@austinfit.com

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Pace Information – Pace Spreadsheet which outlines time trial times with recommended paces for long runs, easy runs, recovery runs, tempos, various race paces, etc. Click Here.
  • Common Questions regarding Austin Fit’s Fall program…Click Here.
  • Team FIT Training Information and Schedule…Email info@austinfit.com
  • What to Bring, Head Coach Contact, & Safety…Click Here
  • Participant Questionnaire…Click Here – Please return this to your HEAD COACH

SCHEDULE – September 7th: Meet at TxDOT parking lot (150 E. Riverside)

  • 6:30 – 6:45 AM In-Person Registration (cash/check only) or Registration Check-In (Internet registrants)
  • 6:50 – 7:00 AM Meet with Head Color Coach & Assistant Color Coaches – Turn in Questionnaires and sign in with your Assistant Coach
  • 7:00 AM Groups will roll out in waves
  • 8:00 AM Coaches will lead stretches and Head Coaches are available for any questions or help you may need
  • Group BREAKFAST – Torchy’s Taco Trailer off 1st St.

LONG RUN ROUTES: 

Routes – Weeks 1-4 (August 24 – September 14) Please PRINT your route and bring with you each Saturday in a plastic bag (protect from sweat)

Full Marathon

  • Green – 6 Miles
  • Yellow/Red – 5 Miles
  • Orange – 4 Miles

Half Marathon

  • Green – 4 Miles
  • Yellow/Red/Orange – 3 Miles
  • Team FIT – all groups have a 2 mile add on

RACES & EVENTS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

*Check out the new website: Texas Running Post or Luke’s Locker for more races/events around the area.

RACES: 

  1. TRI Rock – Labor Day September 2nd – 7 AM at Auditorium Shores with Sprint (700 meters Swim, 16.7 mile Bike, & 3.1 mile Run) & Olympic (1500 meters Swim, 24.8  mile Bike, & 6.2 mile Run) options.
  2. Marathon Relay – Sunday September 22nd – The Marathon Relay is a six person team road running event. Six team members each run 4.37 miles, which is a cumulative distance of exactly 26.2 miles, a full marathon. Each leg of the relay starts and finishes from the same point on Riverside Drive and follows the same course route.
  3. IBM Uptown 5K/10K – presented by Luke’s Locker – October 6 with the fastest 10K course in town and the kick-off of the Austin Distance Challenge.

Distance Challenge Series:

  • What is it? It is a series of races (Uptown Classic 5K/10K, Run for the Water 10 Mile, Decker 1/2 Marathon, 3M Half Marathon, Rogue 10K/30K, and the Austin Half and Full Marathon.
  • How much is it? $50 and you receive a free membership to Austin Runners Club, dri-fit long sleeve shirt, a sweet finisher jacket, a party and award upon completion
  • Why do it? The series takes some of Austin’s best races and combines them for one great challenge. It prepares you for your final race. You can use the races as “race preps” and learn a lot along the way. You learn how early to get up, how to deal with anxiety and nervousness on race day, how to drink water at water stops with those small cups, you learn when to head over to the porta potties, etc. It also helps with motivation, especially through the holidays. You are less likely to skip that long run or hard workout if you have a race in 4 weeks as opposed to 26 weeks.
  • Do you have to race them all? Yes and No. Yes you have to start and complete them all to be eligible for the jacket but you do not have to “race” them. You can just walk, jog, run, or race them.
  • Who should do this? If you are planning on running the Austin Marathon or are an experienced half marathoner, then Austin Fit highly recommends this series.

This is a series I personally love and believe that it helped me both years I completed it in 2009 and 2010 for many different reasons. I am planning on doing it again this year along with many of our Austin Fit Coaches! Check it out: Austin Distance Challenge

FREE EVENTS: at Luke’s Locker this September!

  • Free Day of Yoga – Monday (Labor Day) Sept. 2nd at 9:00 AM – Sarah Hill will be teaching a vinyasa yoga class accompanied with tunes from the Awesome DJ Rich!
  • Running Form Clinic – Monday Sept. 9th at 6:00 PM – Must reserve a spot as space is limited to 20 people. Improve your form with 4 basic tips from Coach Raul Garcia!! RSVP: Email – raulgarcia@lukeslocker.com or call(512) 482-8676
  • Watch Q & A – Saturday Sept. 14th at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Stop by Luke’s after your long run and check out the latest models, get help, or ask questions about our watches, heart rate monitors, or GPS gadgets. Michael Bush, Accessory Manager is our expert in this area and will guide you through utilizing the latest technology for your training.
  • Road Kill Run – Sunday Sept. 15th at 8:00 AM – Meet at Spyglass Trailhead for an out/back easy trail run 30-60 minutes! Beginners, Experienced, or Advanced trail runners are encouraged to attend!
  • YoRUNga with Rese – Tuesday Sept. 17th at 6:30 PM – Join us for a 30 minute run followed by a 30 minute yoga class.
  • Runner’s Happy Hour – Wednesday Sept 18 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM – 5K Social Run at 6:00 PM, followed by LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, DRINKS at 6:30 PM with Leopold and his Fiction. Wear an IBM Uptown Classic 5K/10K shirt or register for the race on-site for a special shopping discount! Raffle prizes as well around 7:30 PM.
  • Injury Prevention Seminar – Wednesday Sept. 25th at 6:30 PM with Dr. Sellers & Dr. Olsen from Performance Wellness. They will be discussing the most common running injuries, various causes for injures, treatment options, and injury prevention tips.
  • Ladies ONLY Self-Defense Boxing Class & Shopping Night with Pink Gloves Boxing! Thursday Sept. 26th at 6:30 PM – Ladies, grab your friends and join us for a fun evening learning self-defense basics, sample boxing class, and receive special shopping discounts on all pink & black apparel!

OPTIONAL WEEKDAY WORKOUTS:

FREE Workouts –

Austin Fit Coaches lead workouts Austin

  • Coach Pat Burch – coaches in North Austin on Tuesdays/Thursdays evening workouts (Tuesdays – Anderson Track workouts/Thursdays – Balcones Hills/Tempos meeting – more details coming on time/start date. Email with questions – Pat_Burch@gmail.com
  • Coach Janice Chapman – coaches downtown Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:00 AM (TT5 group) – Meet under the MoPac bridge by Austin High. Park along the street. Tuesdays they run various routs (mostly streets with no traffic) and Thursdays are track workouts. The group is typically done around 6 AM so you have plenty of time to shower and get to work. Email with questions – JChapman1322@gmail.com.
  • Coach Linda Brown and Coach Nelly Shaw – will coach a 5:45 AM workout every Tuesday up north at Great Hills Baptist Church (10312 Jollyville Rd., Austin, Texas 78759).  Email Coach Linda or Coach Nelly if you are interested:  fayeful2000@yahoo.com or nshawtx@gmail.com

There will be more coaches offering workouts – details coming soon.

Luke’s Locker workouts are for all paces and abilities. visit the website or call the store (512) 482-8676 for more info! They include:

  • Tuesday 6 AM Taco Deli Run (4.5 or 7.5 miles) – Start at Luke’s (all paces) and follow a route that takes you up to the Capital and back down Congress to the trail – cut off at 4.5 miles to Luke’s or go the extra distance to MoPac and then back to Luke’s for 7.5 miles. At 7:05-10, Manager, Rod Newlin arrives with free breakfast tacos from Taco Deli. Luke’s Locker does have 1 shower in the Men’s & Women’s restroom.
  • NEW! Tuesday 6:15 PM Quality Workout – Workouts will align with Austin Fit training schedule (this group starts on Sept. 3rd) open for all paces & abilities with a 1 or 2 mile warm up option from Luke’s Locker to Austin High – Running Drills & Track Workout – Cool Down back to Luke’s – Coached by Alex Luna – Join the Facebook Page – Quality Workout in Austin for more details. Led by Julie Cattel & Noreen Jacobson
  • Wednesday 6 AM Core workout coached by Madi Webster for a total body workout – come get strong with Madi who has endless energy, it’s sure to start your day off right!
  • Wednesday 6 PM Social Run 5K around the trail with water/beer after! Take it is easy and use this group to ensure you get your 3 miles in for the day!
  • Thursday 6:15 PM Quality workout – hills, fartleks, & tempos –  workouts will align with the Austin Fit schedule. Starting at Luke’s we will have a 1 mile warm up, then get to the fun stuff!! More info on the Facebook page: Quality Workout in Austin. Led by Jen Harney.
  • Sunday Yoga at Luke’s led by Sarah Hall (Yoga Instructor & Runner) with 2 morning classes: 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga — newbies, experienced, and everyone in between are welcome. Sarah will help you with form in a calming and helpful way. She provides modifications as well. Come try it with me!!!

No Excuses Workouts – Round Rock/Cedar Park – Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 PM – check out the website for more information. These are free workouts for anyone in the community training for all different types of races & paces!

TEAM FIT Workouts – If interested please email a Team Fit coach — Try 1 week FREE! •  Team FIT Training is for experienced runners looking to get faster/PR – all paces welcome! More personalized coaching with group workouts Tuesdays/Thursdays downtown at 5:45 AM – 7:00 AM – email jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com for more info!

  • Downtown – Tuesday/Thursday 5:45 AM all paces full & half marathon training for experienced runners.
  • Coaches – Downtown: Jessica Galloway –jessicagalloway@gmail.com, Jody Broccoli -jodybroccoli@lukeslocker.com, and Jennifer Harney – jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com.
  • Location – This week, we are meeting at Barton Springs pool
  • Cost – $145/Fall Season (if you have already paid for Austin Fit and want to join then we can work out the difference in payment).

Coaches Corner

Setting the Right Pace & Acknowledgments:

Congrats to all on getting your third group run done. How did it feel?

One of the more important components of your training is setting the right pace. Though this may very from group to group and even with runners within the same group, your coaches can work with you with some of the basic components. This year coaches in the Yellow Group will do less leading of the pace & will have individual runners take the lead from time to time. What this will do is make you less dependent on your coach and more dependent on your own abilities to set a proper pace.

Now, I could go on and give you some basics but a pace that is good for someone doing 15 minutes per mile is quite a bit different from someone doing sub 8’s.

So, instead I want you to hit your coaches up with some questions. Do your research & come up with some of your own but here are some I would be asking if I was new to training for marathons:

  • How slow should my starting pace be? For how long?
  • What is the best strategy to have energy for the latter miles?
  • How should I run hills? Should it be the same during the initial hills as well as the latter hills in a race?
  • What effect does my breathing have on my pace?
  • Besides pacing well, what else can I do to conserve energy? (form,hydration & nutrition, gear, breathing..etc)
  • Any secret tips that especially work for you?

If you come to my Tuesday &/or Thursday weekday workouts I’ll be happy to give you some tips on pace. To get more info on these, simply join the Facebook page, Pat’s Weekday Workouts. Also, Jen Harney has excellent workouts on Thursday’s at Luke’s and her Facebook page is Quality Workout-Austin

Last, but not lease, I want to acknowledge a few coaches that do more than what is expected:

This newsletter is brought to you by Head Coach Linda Brown of the Orange Group. Being a director of Austin Fit comes with many responsibilities unseen by most coaches & participants & I’m certain Jen appreciates Linda’s help. Making newsletters can eat up hours out of a day as the program being used isn’t always cooperative.

Assistant Coach Sue McCardle will graciously open up her house on a few of our Thursday hill runs to add a bit of spice & kick 🙂 It’s the best way to run hills. Sue’s an excellent coach but she might be even a better cook. I had Sue’s cooking and it’s definitely good yummies in the tummy.

Also, Coaches Nathan & Kathleen Choe are also going to open their house up on a few Thursday hill runs. And they have a pool!!! The difficult part of this run is you can smell the aroma from the grill within the last mile. Talk about a finishing kick! ‘

Also, a lot of our Saturday pictures are taken by Nathan & the signs & cones used for our start our courtesy of these outstanding coaches.

Coach Pat Burch

Websites to find local Austin trails:

  • http://alltrails.com/us/texas/austin
  • http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-austin-texas
  • http://www.briangreenstone.com/austin/trails.html
  • http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=running+trails&find_loc=Austin%2C+TX
  • http://www.hillcountrytrailrunners.com

Fall Training Schedule – Week 3

Training Schedule:

If you are training for a different race than the 3M Half Marathon or the Austin Half or Full Marathon, please email info@austinfit.com your goal race name/date for an alternative schedule.

If you need the full schedule and have registered for the 2013/2014 season, please email info@austinfit.com 

This week: Full & Half Marathon groups – 

Monday: 

  • Blue: 45-55 minutes easy
  • Green: 30-50 minutes easy
  • Yellow: 30-45 minutes easy
  • Red: 25-40 minutes easy
  • Orange: 20-35 minutes easy

Tuesday:

  • Blue/Green: 10-15 minute warm up (easy jog), Fartlek: 16×24 reps of (:30 seconds hard effort (fast); followed by :15 seconds of easy jogging or walking), 10-15 minute cool-down, and stretch
  • Yellow/Red/Orange: 5-10 minute warm up (easy jog or walk), Fartlek: 8-16x(:30 seconds hard effort (run or jog); followed by :15 seconds of easy jog or walking), 5-10 minute walk or jog cool-down, and stretch

Wednesday: 

OFF, or Easy Cross Training (elliptical, swimming, cycling, etc.) for 30-60 minutes, or same as Monday but go as slow or easy as you want!

Thursday: 

  • Blue/Green: 10-15 minute easy jog warm up & cool down; 5-10 x (1 minute hard effort/followed by 2 minutes of easy jogging)
  • Yellow/Red/Orange: 5-10 minute easy jog or walk warm up & cool down; 5-10 x (1 min hard run or jog, followed by 2 minutes of easy jogging or walking)

Friday:

OFF

Saturday: 

  • Blue/Green – FULL: 7 miles; HALF: 4 miles
  • Yellow/Red – FULL: 5 miles; HALF: 3 miles
  • Orange – FULL: 4 miles; HALF: 3 miles

Sunday: 

OFF or 20-30 minute super slow recovery run

Saturday’s Running Routes 8/31

FALL TRAINING GROUP (see below Summer routes) 

SUMMER TRAINING GROUP – WINDSOR HILLS

All summer groups – If you want/need less mileage than what is prescribed below, please run less! If you had a rough benchmark, are still tired from last weekend, or had a tiring week from life…please run less! Listening to your body is vital. Remember, the goal is to get to the starting line healthy & prepared. If you have any tweaks or pains, please be smart and run less mileage this weekend. Next week 9/7, we will be running a flatter course leading into the Mt. Bonnell run Saturday on 9/14.

Full Marathon – All – 16 Miles (or if you want less, run the 9 or 12 mile Half Marathon routes)

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/277695491

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – to Trail
  • West – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge keep going across Cesar Chavez to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6Th.
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10Th.
  • Right – W. Lynn (dead ends into Niles) ~ 3 miles
  • Left – Niles
  • WATER – Niles/W.Lynn
  • Right – Hartford
  • Left – Northwood/Westover under the MoPac bridge
  • Left – Spring Ln. (dead ends to Galewood – Right; turns back into Spring Ln)
  • Left – Indian Trail (street before Windsor)
  • Right – Sharon Ln
  • Right – Windsor Rd. (WATER at Pecos)
  • Left – Pecos
  • Right – Bonnie (street before Enfield) to dead end
  • Right – Scenic
  • Right – Bridle Path (1st Right)
  • Left – Schulle Ave.
  • Left – Windsor
  • Right – Matthews Dr. curves right at bottom of hill
  • Left – Scenic heading north to dead end
  • Right – Pecos (Water at Pecos/Windsor)
  • Left – Windsor
  • Right – Sharon
  • Curve Right – Bridle Path
  • Quick Left – Forest Trail (dead end)
  • Right – Enfield
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln (dead end)
  • Left – Quarry Rd.
  • Right (1st) – Dailey St. (dead end)
  • Right (1st) – 12th
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln. (dead end)
  • Left – 7th
  • Right (1st) – Deep Eddy to LAB
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Veteran’s (cross LAB at the light)
  • WATER/Gatorade – at LAB/Veteran’s
  • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge to the south side of the trail
  • East – Trail back to TxDOT

Half Marathon – Green – 12 Miles (8 or 9 miles if you want/need less mileage)

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/277686513

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – to Trail
  • West – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge keep going across Cesar Chavez to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th
  • Right – W. Lynn (dead ends into Niles) ~ 3 miles
  • Left – Niles
  • WATER – Niles/W.Lynn
  • Right – Hartford
  • Left – Windsor (cross Expo) to dead end
  • WATER – Windsor/Pecos
  • Right – Matthews Dr. curves right at bottom of hill
  • Left – Scenic heading north to dead end
  • Right – Pecos
  • Left – Windsor (cross Expo)
  • Right – Sharon
  • Curve Right – Bridle Path
  • Quick Left – Forest Trail (dead end)
  • Right – Enfield
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln (dead end)
  • Left – Quarry Rd.
  • Right (1st) – Dailey St. (dead end)
  • Right (1st) – 12th
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln. (dead end)
  • Left – 7th
  • Right (1st) – Deep Eddy to LAB
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Veteran’s (cross LAB at the light)
  • WATER/Gatorade – at LAB/Veteran’s
  • Cross the MoPac pedestrian bridge to the south side of the trail
  • East – Trail back to TxDOT

Half Marathon – Yellow/Red – 9 Miles(8 or 6 miles if you want/need less mileage)

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/277670403

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – to Trail
  • West – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge keep going across Cesar Chavez to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th
  • Right – W. Lynn (dead ends into Niles) ~ 3 miles
  • Left – Niles
  • WATER/Gatorade – Niles/W.Lynn
  • Right – Hartford
  • Left – Windsor (cross Expo)
  • Left – Hopi Trail
  • Left – Bonnie (street before Enfield)
  • Right – Exposition
  • Left – LAB
  • Right – Veteran’s
  • WATER/Gatorade – Veteran’s/LAB ~ 6 miles
  • Trail – West (North side of the trail)
  • Cross – Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
  • East on the Trail back to TxDOT

Half Marathon Orange – 8 Miles (6 miles if you want/need less mileage)

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/277660795

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – to Trail
  • West – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge keep going across Cesar Chavez to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th
  • Right – W. Lynn (dead ends into Niles)
  • Left – Niles
  • WATER/Gatorade – Niles/W.Lynn
  • Right – Hartford
  • Left – Windsor
  • Left – Sharon
  • Curve Right – Bridle Path
  • Quick Left – Forest Trail (dead end)
  • Right – Enfield
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln (dead end)
  • Left – Quarry Rd.
  • Right (1st) – Dailey St. (dead end)
  • Right (1st) – 12th
  • Left (1st) – Meriden Ln. (dead end)
  • Left – 7th
  • Right (1st) – Deep Eddy to LAB
  • Left – Lake Austin Blvd.
  • Right – Veteran’s (cross LAB at the light)
  • Trail – West (North side of the trail)
  • Cross – Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
  • East on the Trail back to TxDOT

6 MilesAnyone want/need less mileage

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-windsor-hills-route-150712307

 Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – to Trail
  • West – Trail
  • Cross Pfluger pedestrian bridge keep going across Cesar Chavez to Luke’s Locker
  • Right – Lamar
  • Left – 6th
  • Right – Blanco
  • Left – 10th
  • Right – W. Lynn (dead ends into Niles)
  • Right – Niles which turns back into Windsor
  • WATER/Gatorade – Niles/W.Lynn
  • Cross Windsor and stay on Windsor (be careful)
  • Windsor turns into Blanco
  • Left – 6th back to the Trail
  • Cross Plfuger pedestrian bridge
  • Trail East back to TxDOT

FALL TRAINING GROUPBARTON SPRINGS 

  • Full Marathon
    • Green – 5 Miles
    • Yellow/Red/Orange – 4 Miles
  • Half Marathon (all groups) – 3 Miles
  • Team FIT – all groups have a 2 Mile add on after returning to TxDOT

3 Mile Route – Barton Springs

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/198113166

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left on Lady Bird Lake Trail
  • Continue on Lady Bird Lake Trail to Riverside Dr
  • Right on Riverside Dr
  • Left on Lee Barton Dr
  • Left on Barton Springs Rd
  • Left onto trail through Convention Center Park back to Riverside/Trailhead
  • Head back to TxDOT on trail

4 Mile Route – Barton Springs

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/198065048

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left on Lady Bird Lake Trail
  • Continue on the trail to wooden bridge
  • After you cross the wooden bridge, turn left onto the trail towards Barton Springs Rd – take the sidewalk under the bridge
  • Follow the cinder trail by the railroad tracks to the Barton Springs Pool parking lot
  • Turn around and head back to TxDOT the way you came

5 Mile Route – Barton Springs

Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/198071554

Directions:

  • East out of TxDot
  • Left on Lady Bird Lake Trail
  • Continue on the trail to wooden bridge
  • After you cross the wooden bridge, turn left onto the trail towards Barton Springs Rd – take the sidewalk under the bridge
  • Follow the cinder trail by the railroad tracks to the Barton Springs Pool parking lot
  • Continue straight on William Barton Dr (the street in front of Barton Springs pool)
  • Continue on William Barton Dr up the hill
  • Stay right onto Andrew Zilker Rd
  • Right on William Barton Dr
  • Left back on trail
  • Follow trail back to TxDot

2 Mile add on from TxDOT:

Map-Trail out/back: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/202109476

Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Turn left onto trail
  • Under Congress & 1st St. bridges & continue on trail
  • Turn around when the trail hits the Riverside sidewalk bridge
  • Head back to TxDOT using the trail

 

 

 

 

It is NOT too late…join NOW!

It is NOT too late to start…

Austin Fit’s Fall training is for everyone! We welcome all ages, paces, athletic backgrounds, walkers, runners, or both, whether you are brand new to exercising or experienced. Our non-intimidating and fun program, with the help of our amazing coaches, will guide you on a journey that will change your life. A journey where no one is left behind!

Fitness Walking Program: Contact Elayne_Barber@yahoo.com for more information!

  • Full and Half Marathon Training with 10+ coaches
  • Training Schedule for 3M Half Marathon, Austin Half & Full Marathon, USA FIT Half & Full Marathon, and the Distance Challenge Race Series
  • Get FIT Training for members who are not quite ready for the Half Marathon training but want to start fitness walking
  • Weekday workouts offered AM/PM throughout Austin – Sign up for the Fall 2013 Walking Newsletter to learn more.

Running Program: Contact JenniferHarney@Lukeslocker.com for more information!

  • Full and Half Marathon Training with 50+ coaches
  • Training Schedules for 3M Half Marathon, Austin Half & Full Marathon, Distance Challenge Race Series, Houston Marathon, USA FIT Half & Full Marathon, Cowtown Half & Full Marathon, and New Orleans Half & Full Marathon
  • Team FIT Training for experienced runners looking to get faster/PR – all paces welcome! More personalized coaching with group workouts Tuesdays/Thursdays downtown at 5:45 AM – 7:00 AM – email jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com for more info!
  • Weekday running workouts AM/PM options around Austin – sign up for the Fall 2013 Running Newsletter to learn more.

Register Now! and come out this Saturday August 24th for our first run or walk with your coach! If you did not attend August 17th then arrive by 6:50 AM for Registration Check-In. TxDOT parking lot – 150 E. Riverside

Schedule for August 24th:

  • 6:50 – 7:10 AM In-Person Registration (cash/check only) or Registration Check-In (internet registrants)
  • 7:10 – 7:20 AM Austin Fit Orientation/Information Session
  • 7:20 – 7:30 AM Meet with Head Color Coach & Assistant Color Coaches – Turn in Questionnaires and sign in with your Assistant Coach
  • 7:35 AM Groups will roll out in waves for the first walk or run of the season! Half Marathoners will be doing a 2 mile walk or run, Full Marathoners will be doing a 3 mile walk or run, and Team FIT (experienced runners) will have a 2-3 mile add on after returning to TxDOT
  • 8:00 AM Coaches will lead stretches and Head Coaches are available for any questions or help you may need
  • Group BREAKFAST – Austin Java – City Hall off 2nd St. free parking in the garages

Lace up your shoes & live FIT this fall!!! 

If you are unable to make this Saturday…that’s okay you can still register on August 31st! 

 

 

Change YOUR life…Start Tomorrow!

It starts NOW…

Austin Fit’s Fall training is for everyone! We welcome all ages, paces, athletic backgrounds, walkers, runners, or both, whether you are brand new to exercising or experienced. Our non-intimidating and fun program, with the help of our amazing coaches, will guide you on a journey that will change your life. A journey where no one is left behind! Check out our website to learn more…WWW.AUSTINFIT.COM

Lace up your shoes & live FIT this fall!!! 

Saturday – August 17, 2013 at 6:50 AM

TxDOT parking lot – 150 E. Riverside

Register Now!

LIVE FIT & LOVE IT!

* If you are unable to make the first week…that’s okay because registration is open through September! 

Please click, download, and read the following items:

  • Click Here for Saturday August 17th Walker’s Agenda
  • Click Here for Saturday August 17th Runner’s Agenda
  • Click Here for your Welcome to Austin Fit document with important program information.
  • Click Here for the Participant Questionnaire – Turn in to your Head Coach
  • Click Here What to Bring on Saturdays

 

Fall Kick-Off Agenda 8/17

26-Week Training Program 

Location: 150 E. Riverside TxDOT parking lot
Start Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Season Start Time: 6:50 AM
Organizer: Jennifer Harney – email questions: info@austinfit.com

Kick-Off & Orientation:

Registration Opens 6:50 AM
• Online Registration participants need to check in at the Internet Check-In Table
• In-Person Registration participants need to register at the Registration Table (Cash or Check ONLY)

Welcome & Orientation7:10 AM

  • 7:10 – Orientation of Austin Fit Fall program and introduction to Head Coaches
  • 7:25 – Dr. Kieke – Staying Injury Free
  • 7:45 – Q & A session with Austin Fit Director, Jen Harney, Dr. Kieke, and Head Coaches
  • 7:55 – Walk or Jog to Auditorium Shores with Austin Fit Coaches
  • 8:10 – Time Trial –
  • 8:30 – Walk or Jog back to TxDOT with Austin Fit Coaches
  • 8:45 – Stretch & Demonstration of Foot Drills
  • 9:00 – See you next week!
  • Group Breakfast across the street at Dominican Joe’s Coffee (Taco Deli breakfast tacos J)

Next Week 8/24: Check-in/Orientation 6:50-7:20 (if you missed the first week)

  • Everyone Arrives – 7:20
  • Cross Training Seminar & Raffle – 7:25 – 7:40
  • No Time Trial – Meet with your Color Group/Assistant Coach – 7:45
  • Groups leave at 7:55 in waves
  • Stretch & Foot Drills
  • Group Breakfast at Austin Java City Hall – 2nd Street

3rd Week 8/31: Check-in/Orientation 6:30 – 6:50 (if you missed the first 2 weeks)

  • Everyone Arrives – 6:50
  • Hydration Seminar & Give aways – 6:55 – 7:10
  • Meet with Color Group/Assistant Coach – 7:10
  • Groups leave at 7:15 in waves
  • Stretch & Foot Drills

We will follow the 3rd week agenda for weeks 4-6. There will not any more pre-run seminars (unless specified) after week 6. The groups will leave TxDOT no later than 7:05 starting week 7!

Color Groups:

  • Blue* – < 8:00 minutes per mile (however, then your marathon goal pace should be no slower than 7:30 = 3:15 marathon)
  • Green – 8:00 – 8:59 minutes per mile
  • Yellow – 9:00-9:59 minutes per mile
  • Red – 10:00-10:59 minutes per mile
  • Orange – 11:00+ minutes per mile
  • Purple – Walking group (full and half marathon group as well as a Get Fit group for participants who are new to exercising and not ready or wanting to train for half marathons.

*We have combined the blue and green pace groups. We do have a blue coach who trains members wanting to run their long runs faster than 8:00 min per mile.

We have training schedules for the following Fall races in 2013: Fall Long Run Schedule

If you are interested in Team FIT – more personalized coaching for experienced runners (all paces welcome) that practices on Tuesday/Thursday mornings downtown at 5:45 AM then please email – jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com

Questions or Comments: info@austinfit.com

Summer Training – Runners Meet at Anderson HS on 8/10

RUNNERS WILL NOT MEET AT TXDOT!

Saturday, August 10th meet at Anderson High School off Steck/Mesa at 5:50 AM.

Directions (from TxDOT): West – Riverside, Right – Lamar, Left – 6th, Right – MoPac (heading North), Exit: Anderson Ln/Spicewood Springs/Steck, Go through the first light (Anderson Ln./Spicewood Springs), Left – Steck (2nd light), Turn into the parking lot on the right before Mesa (light).

Scheduled Mileage:

FULL MARATHON – ALL RACES

  • Green group – 16 miles OR 11 miles + 2-3 mile add on = 13-14 miles
  • Yellow/Red group – 11 miles
  • Orange group – 9 miles

TEAM FIT –

  • Green group – 16 miles or add on 2-3 miles for 18-19 miles
  • Yellow/Red group – 11 miles or add on 2-3 miles for 13-14 miles
  • Orange group – 9 miles +2 or 3 mile add on for 11-12 miles

HALF MARATHON – ALL RACES

  • Green group – 11 miles
  • Yellow/Red/Orange group – 9 miles

TEAM FIT –

  • All groups add 1-2 miles depending on personal preference

Route Maps/Directions:

 

Fall Training Kicks-Off: August 17th

AUSTIN FIT Fall Training Program

Location: 150 E. Riverside at TxDOT parking lot
Start Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013 ~ 26 week training
Season Start Time: 6:50 AM
Organizer: Jennifer Harney – email questions: jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com

Kick-Off & Orientation: Saturday August 17th

Registration Opens 6:50 AM
• Online Registration participants need to check in at the Internet Check-In Table
• In-Person Registration participants need to register at the Registration Table (Cash or Check ONLY)

Welcome & Orientation7:15 AM
• 7:15 – 7:45 Orientation of Austin Fit Summer program.

Placement Run & Walk – 7:45 AM
Placement run and walk begins – There are cones, chalk, and coaches on the course to help you know where to go. There are also coaches running or walking with you to ensure everyone returns safely. Every coach has a badge on. Please look at the map/routes before Saturday. *Will be posted online soon

This season, all the runners (half & full marathon) are going to do a time trial instead of a placement run. We will use your 2 Mile or 5K time to determine your long run pace range which will help you find your pace group. All walkers will use the 1 mile walk as a placement walk in which you walk at a conversation pace.

The color groups are listed below. You may start with one color group and as the season progresses move to a different color group as you improve. The placement run and walk are best done at a comfortable pace where you can carry on a conversation and are not out of breath. Typically, you want to train on Saturdays at a pace that is 30-90 seconds slower than your goal race pace.

  • Blue* – < 8:00
  • Green – 8:00 – 8:59 minutes per mile
  • Yellow – 9:00-9:59 minutes per mile
  • Red – 10:00-10:59 minutes per mile
  • Orange – 11:00+ minutes per mile
  • Purple – Walking group (full and half marathon group as well as a Get Fit group for participants who are new to exercising and not ready or wanting to train for half marathons.

*We have combined the blue and green pace groups. We do have a blue coach who trains members wanting to run their long runs faster than 8:00 min per mile.

Closing –

• Stretch, Q & A with Head Coaches, and Socialize with Austin Fit coaches and other participants
• Breakfast at Freddy’s – 1st St. (between Barton Springs Rd. & Oltorf – on the east side of 1st St.)
• See you next Saturday at 6:50 AM

We have training schedules for the following Winter races in 2013/2014:

Runner’s Newsletter – July 15-21, 2013

AUSTIN FIT NEWS:

1. This Saturday, we will NOT be meeting at TxDOT — Meet at Northcross Mall to run the flat Great Northern loops. We will use this opportunity to practice our race pace with a warm up and route options (including the warm up & cool down) of  7, 10, 11, 13 miles +  1 & 2 mile add ons ** Meet in the Chaparral Ice parking lot at 2525 Anderson Ln. CLICK HERE for the route details. Breakfast Location: Taco Deli off Lamar by 42nd across from Central Market.

2. What is your MGP or HMP? This Saturday, some of you will be practicing your MGP (marathon goal pace) or HMP (half marathon pace) during your long run. So, what will happen? Well, we will all warm up with our pace groups (warm ups distances vary from 2-3.5 miles depending on pace group) over to the baseball fields. Once there, everyone is encouraged to stop and have water/Gatorade before starting. A few dynamic stretches like linear & lateral leg swings will be demonstrated to help your body warm up. Then, without your coach and on your own you will run 3-6 miles at your goal race pace or at your regular long run pace…this part is up to you!  Your coaches will either be running or waiting for their group to finish. Once everyone from your group has finished, then the group will cool down together back to Northcross. Why are we doing this? Simply, to practice running our race pace on a flat course. The more we practice this the easier it will be on race day!! This workout inside the long run provides an opportunity to practice your pre-race & race day routine. Have the same dinner the night before as you plan to have the night before your race. Get hydrated like before the race. Wake up like it’s race day. Do exactly what you plan to do on race day even to the extent of wearing your race gear – shorts, singlet, socks, racing shoes. This is a true “test run” for your race. Again, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. It is an option. If you don’t know what your race pace should be, try using the McMillan Running Calculator. Let your coach know either prior to Saturday or on Saturday what you are planning to do.

3. Important Dates/Events: Mark your calendars!

  • Tuesday July 16 – YoRUNga at Luke’s Locker 6:30-7:30 PM featuring Nux — Join in for a 2 mile run followed by a 30 minute yoga session.
  • Wednesday July 17 – Social run with a wear test of the NEW Mizuno Sayonara — Join for a 3 mile run around the lake and enjoy cold water or beer upon your return.
  • Saturday July 21 – Road Kill Trail run at 8:00 AM meet at the Spyglass entrance of the greenbelt — A 20 minute out/back run for all levels & abilities
  • Wednesday July 24 – Beginning Hip Hop class at Luke’s Locker 6:30 PM  — Join us as we feature our new dance line from Reebok while learning some hip hop moves from our friends at Dance Austin Studio.
  • Saturday July 27 – Meet at TxDOT for our BENCHMARK run with a Cross Training Seminar & Raffle (5:50-6:05 AM) with route options of 8, 20K, & 25K + 3.1 mile add on & Rolling Out clinic afterwards with snacks. Dr. Seth Wagenblast from Active Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation will be bringing 20 rolling out kits for a demonstration. If you have your own foam rollers, balls, etc. & yoga mat please bring. I will bring extra yoga mats as well.
  • Sunday July 28 – Austin Fit PUTT PUTT SocialClick Here to join our Evite and learn more!
  • Wednesday July 31 Hydration Seminar at Luke’s Locker 6:30 PM after the 3 mile social run.
     

OPTIONAL WEEKDAY TRAINING:

FREE Workouts –

  • Coach Troy (Yellow Marathon group) will be coaching a Tuesday morning hills 6 AM weekday workout off Great Hills in North Austin. Meet in the Petco parking lot and please email Coach Troy if you are planning on attending or if you have any questions about the route/distance troyhemstreet@suddenlink.net
  • Luke’s Locker workouts are for all paces and abilities. They include: Tuesday 6 AM Taco Deli Run (4 or 7 miles), Wednesday 6 AM Core workout, Wednesday 6 PM 3 mile social run, Thursday 6:15 PM Quality workout (speed intervals, hills, fartleks, & more, Sunday 10 AM Vinyasa Yoga — all workouts meet at Luke’s Locker — for more information about these workouts email JenniferHarney@lukeslocker.com or visit our website.
  • Other Free Groups in Round Rock & Cedar Park – Bill Schroader’s No Excuses Monday & Wednesday evening workouts. All levels, paces, and backgrounds are welcome. Check out his website.
  • If you know of any other free groups please let us know!

 Team FIT Workouts – Try it out for free!

  • Downtown – Tuesday/Thursday 5:45 AM all paces full & half marathon training for experienced runners.  This week – meet at Austin High track
  • Coaches – Downtown: Jessica Galloway –jessicagalloway@gmail.com, Jody Broccoli -jodybroccoli@lukeslocker.com, and Jennifer Harney – jenniferharney@lukeslocker.com
  • Cost – $145/Summer Season (if you have already paid for Austin Fit and want to join then we can work out the difference in payment)

COACH CORNER:

This week we will be discussing: Long Runs, Goal Pace inside the Long Runs, and Shin Splints…keep reading to learn more.

Long Runs:
Most of the long runs we practice in Austin Fit are easy conversation pace long runs. The goal is time on your feet. We want you to have the confidence mentally that you can cover the distance. The physical benefits of easy paced long runs are to maximize your ability to burn fat and spare your glycogen stores as well as improving your leg strength and resistance to fatigue (mentally and physically). We want to teach our bodies how to handle lower blood glucose levels. 

From physiology, we know that the body uses fats and carbohydrates while running – the portion of each is determined by the pace. Run fast and the reliance shifts to more carbohydrates, less fats. Run slowly and the muscles rely more on fat and less on carbohydrate. Therefore, it is very important that in this type of long run – the long, steady long run, you don’t run fast. You’ll rely more on fats at an easy pace, possibly improving your ability to burn fat.

Goal Pace inside the Long Run:
However, sometimes we will practice our race pace inside our long runs. We don’t do this often, but it is very beneficial for a few reasons. Practicing our race pace in the middle or at the end of a long run helps our body physically and mentally prepare for what it will “feel” like to run that pace on tired legs. You will also burn more carbohydrates and therefore learn how your body will feel on race day. This type of long run is mentally and physically demanding. These types of long runs you will want to treat like your race day. You should practice what you will do the night before, the morning of, what to wear, what to eat, how to hydrate, etc. This long run will also give the mind a taste of the focus and determination that will be required in the latter stages of your race.  To read more about Marathon Pace in Long Runs CLICK HERE. Note: This article only addresses Marathon training; however, the same principle can be applied to Half Marathon training as well.

Shin Splints:

What are shin splints?
Your shins throb and ache after your daily run.  Shin splints are injuries to the front of the outer leg. While the exact injury is not known, shin splints seem to result from inflammation due to injury of the tendon (posterior peroneal tendon) and adjacent tissues in the front of the outer leg.
 
Shin splints are a member of a group of injuries called overuse injuries. Shin splints occur most commonly in runners or aggressive walkers. If you are suffering from shin splints or have had a history with this injury, CLICK HERE to read more about symptoms, causes, and treatment.

All Runners are NOT meeting at TxDOT this Saturday!

Saturday July 20, 2013 –  we will NOT be meeting at TxDOT — Meet in the Chaparral Ice parking lot at 2525 Anderson Ln. by Northcross & Burnet Rd.  to run the flat Great Northern loops. We will use this opportunity to practice our race pace with a warm up and route options (including the warm up & cool down) of  7, 10, 11, 13 miles +  1 & 2 mile add ons **  CLICK HERE for the route details. Breakfast Location: Taco Deli off Lamar by 42nd across from Central Market.

Running Route – July 6

RAINBOW HILL

Wear Red, White, & Blue and bring water guns for a fun Independence Day themed summer long run!!

Full Marathon Groups

San Antonio-11/17, MCM/M2M – 10/27, New York-11/3, Fort Worth-11/10, & Dallas-12/8

  • Blue/Green – 20K or 12.4 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 10 miles
  • Orange – 10 miles

Chicago/Tyler-10/13

  • Blue/Green – 20K or 12.4 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 10 miles + 2.4 mile add on
  • Orange – 10 miles + 2.4 mile add on

Team FIT – Experienced Runners

  • Blue/Green – 20K or 12.4 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 10 miles + 2.4 mile add on = 20K
  • Orange – 10 miles + 2.4 mile add on = 20K

Half Marathon Groups

San Antonio – 11/17 & Shiner – 11/23

  • Blue/Green – 9 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 8 miles
  • Orange – 6 miles

Team FIT – Experienced Runners

  • Blue/Green –9 miles + 1 miles = 10 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 8 miles + 2 miles = 10 miles OR run with full marathon group
  • Orange – 6 miles + 2 miles = 8 miles

Running Route Maps/Directions:

6 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/235738051
East out of TxDOT
Right on No Name St.
Right – Riverside
Right – Congress
Left – 4th
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 11th
Pick up the Shoal Creek Trail
Left into Pease Park and on Kingsbury St.
Right – Parkway
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER at top of hill!!)
Left – Windsor
Left – Niles/Windsor
Cross Enfield and stay on Windsor (which becomes Blanco)
Left – 9th St
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 4th
Right – San Antonio
Cross Cesar Chavez – take the pedestrian bridge back to the trail on the south side of the river
Go down the stairs and take the trail EAST back to TxDOT

8 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/130912731

East out of TxDOT
Right on No Name St.
Right – Riverside
Right – Congress
Left – 4th
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 11th
Pick up the Shoal Creek Trail
Left into Pease Park and on Kingsbury St.
Right – Parkway
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER at top of hill!!)
Left – Windsor
Right – Niles
Right – Hartford
Right – Ethridge
Left – McCallum
Right – Gaston Ave
Right – Harris
Left – Windsor (cross Windsor and Right on Windsor)
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER) and head back the same way you came to TxDOT
Right – Parkway, curves Left – Kingsbury, Pick up the trail and cross the bridge towards Lamar, Right – trail back to 11th, Rio Grande, Left – 4th, Right Congress, Left – Riverside, Right – AF blvd. to TxDOT

9 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/132947901

East out of TxDOT
Right on No Name St.
Right – Riverside
Right – Congress
Left – 4th
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 11th
Pick up the Shoal Creek Trail
Left into Pease Park and on Kingsbury St.
Right – Parkway
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER at top of hill!!)
Left – Windsor
Right – Niles
Right – Hartford
Curve Left onto Jefferson
Right – 30th
Right – Harris
Left – Windsor (cross Windsor and Right on Windsor)
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER) and head back the same way you came to TxDOT
Right – Parkway, curves Left – Kingsbury, Pick up the trail and cross the bridge towards Lamar, Right – trail back to 11th, Rio Grande, Left – 4th, Right Congress, Left – Riverside, Right – AF blvd. to TxDOT

10 Miles: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/132944029

East out of TxDOT
Right on No Name St.
Right – Riverside
Right – Congress
Left – 4th
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 11th
Pick up the Shoal Creek Trail
Left into Pease Park and on Kingsbury St.
Right – Parkway
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER at top of hill!!)
Left – Windsor
Right – Niles
Right – Hartford
Curve Left onto Jefferson and stay on Jefferson to 38th
Right – 38th
WATER stop inside the Hospital for cold water/restrooms
Right – Speedway
Curves left on 30th and right back on Speedway
Cut through UT Campus and stay on Speedway
WATER stop inside Jester (up the stairs) for cold water/restrooms
Speedway dead ends – take the sidewalk through the two buildings and head straight towards Congress Ave.
Cross MLK and stay straight on Congress Ave.
Take Congress around the capital and back across the river
After crossing the bridge, take the trail back to TxDOT

20K (12.4 Miles): http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/235742829
East out of TxDOT
Right on No Name St.
Right – Riverside
Right – Congress
Left – 4th
Right – Rio Grande
Left – 11th
Pick up the Shoal Creek Trail
Left into Pease Park and on Kingsbury St.
Right – Parkway
Left – Rainbow Bend (WATER at top of hill!!)
Left – Windsor
Right – Niles
Right – Hartford
Curve Left onto Jefferson and stay on Jefferson to 38th
Right – 38th
WATER stop inside the Hospital for cold water/restrooms
Right – Speedway
Curves left on 30th and right back on Speedway
Cut through UT Campus and stay on Speedway
WATER stop inside Jester (up the stairs) for cold water/restrooms
Speedway curves left – take the first right – Brazos
Left – MLK all the way across I-35 (use caution and be mindful of cars through here)
Right – Comal
Left – Angelina (Comal dead ends into this street a little bit after crossing 12th St.)
Left – 11th
Right (quick) – back onto Comal
Right – Nash Hernandez Senior (inside the park)
Left – East – climb the stairs and take the sidewalk over the water (EAST side of I-35’s service road)
Right – Riverside (be careful crossing I-35)
Right – Austin Fit street (by Lake Mart store) back to TxDOT

Add on Route Maps/Directions:

1 Mile add on from TxDOT: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/202094664
Directions:
Head East from TxDOT
Turn left onto trail
Follow trail to South 1st Bridge
Left onto S 1st St
Left on Riverside
Left into TxDOT parking lot

2 Mile add on from TxDOT Trail out/back: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/202109476
Directions:
East out of TxDOT
Turn left onto trail
Under Congress & 1st St. bridges & continue on trail
Turn around when the trail hits the Riverside sidewalk bridge
Head back to TxDOT using the trail

2.4 Mile add on from TxDOT Trail out/back: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/235786709
Directions:
East out of TxDOT
Turn left onto trail
Under Congress & 1st St. bridges & continue on trail
After you go under the Lamar bridge, turn around and head back to TxDOT using the trail

June 29 – Running Routes

CAPITAL & UT RUN

FULL Marathon Groups

San Antonio-11/17, New York-11/3, Fort Worth-11/10, & Dallas-12/8

  • Blue/Green – 11 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 9 miles
  • Orange – 8 miles

Chicago/Tyler-10/13

  • Blue/Green – 11 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 9 miles + 2 miles = 11 miles
  • Orange – 8 miles + 3 miles = 11 miles

MCM/M2M – 10/27

  • Blue/Green – 11 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 9 miles
  • Orange – 8 miles + 1 miles = 9 miles

Team FIT – Experienced Runners

  • Blue/Green – 11 miles + 2 miles = 13 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 9 miles + 2 mile = 11 miles
  • Orange – 8 miles + 2 miles = 10 miles

HALFMarathon Groups

San Antonio – 11/17 & Shiner – 11/23

  • Blue/Green – 8 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 7 miles
  • Orange – 5 miles

Team FIT – Experienced Runners

  • Blue/Green – 8 miles + 2 miles = 10 miles
  • Yellow/Red – 7 miles + 2 miles = 9 miles OR run with full marathon group
  • Orange – 5 miles + 2 miles = 7 miles

Route Maps/Directions:

5 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/205306430
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left onto the Trail
  • Left before the Congress bridge up to Congress Ave.
  • Right – Congress up to the Capital
  • Go around the Capital and continue on Congress Ave.
  • At the light at MLK continue through the UT campus between the two buildings until you pick up the road (Speedway)
  • Left (1st) at E. 21st St. — WATER stop at 21st/Speedway (~ 2.5 miles) —
  • Left – Rio Grande St. — WATER stop at Rio Grande/16th (~ 3 miles) —
  • Left – 4th (at Rio Grande’s dead end)
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Take the cross walk across Cesar Chavez and follow the pedestrian bridge over the river on 1st St.
  • Right down the stairs back to the trail
  • East onto the Trail towards TxDOT

7 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/205309290
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left onto the Trail
  • Left before the Congress bridge up to Congress Ave.
  • Right – Congress up to the Capital
  • Go around the Capital and continue on Congress Ave.
  • At the light at MLK continue through the UT campus between the two buildings until you pick up the road (Speedway)— WATER stop at 21st/Speedway (~ 2.5 miles) —
  • Continue through UT on Speedway (restrooms at Jester on right 21st St.) and cross Dean Keaton
  • Left – 30th
  • Left – Guadalupe
  • Right – 29th
  • Left – Rio Grande —WATER stop at Rio Grande/16th (~5 miles) —
  • Left – 4th (at Rio Grande’s dead end)
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Take the cross walk across Cesar Chavez and follow the pedestrian bridge over the river on 1st St.
  • Right down the stairs back to the trail
  • East onto the Trail towards TxDOT

8 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/198092018
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left onto the Trail
  • Left before the Congress bridge up to Congress Ave.
  • Right – Congress up to the Capital
  • Go around the Capital and continue on Congress Ave.
  • Right – MLK (cross the road at light so you are on the North side of MLK)
  • Left – San Jacinto
  • Left – 21st
  • Right – Speedway (first street)— WATER stop at 21st/Speedway (~3 miles) – restrooms inside Jester on your left —
  • Continue through UT and across Dean Keaton on Speedway
  • Left – 30th
  • Quick Right back onto Speedway
  • Left – 34th
  • Left – West Ave
  • Dead ends into 30th – Left
  • Right – Rio Grande — WATER stop at Rio Grande/16th (~ 6 miles) —
  • Left – 4th (at Rio Grande’s dead end)
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Take the cross walk across Cesar Chavez and follow the pedestrian bridge over the river on 1st St.
  • Right down the stairs back to the trail
  • East onto the Trail towards TxDOT

9 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/205289444
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left onto the Trail
  • Left before the Congress bridge up to Congress Ave.
  • Right – Congress up to the Capital
  • Go around the Capital and continue on Congress Ave.
  • Right – MLK (cross the road at light so you are on the North side of MLK)
  • Left – Red River
  • Left (2nd) – Clyde Littlefield Dr.
  • Right (1st) – Robert Dedman Dr.
  • Left (1st) – 23rd St.
  • Left (1st) – San Jacinto Blvd.
  • Right (1st) – 21st
  • Right – Speedway (first street)—WATER stop at 21st/Speedway (~3.75 miles) – restrooms inside Jester on your left —
  • Continue through UT and across Dean Keaton on Speedway
  • Left – 30th
  • Quick Right back onto Speedway
  • Left – 34th
  • Left – West Ave
  • Dead ends into 30th – Left
  • Right – Rio Grande —WATER stop at Rio Grande/16th (~ 7 miles) —
  • Left – 4th (at Rio Grande’s dead end)
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Take the cross walk across Cesar Chavez and follow the pedestrian bridge over the river on 1st St.
  • Right down the stairs back to the trail
  • East onto the Trail towards TxDOT

11 Miles – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/205301874
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left onto the Trail
  • Left before the Congress bridge up to Congress Ave.
  • Right – Congress up to the Capital
  • Go around the Capital and continue on Congress Ave.
  • Right – MLK (cross the road at light so you are on the North side of MLK)
  • Left – Red River
  • Left (1st) – Robert Dedman Dr.
  • Left (1st) – E 20 ½ St.
  • Right (1st) – San Jacinto Blvd
  • Left (1st) – 21st
  • Right – Speedway (first street) —WATER stop at 21st/Speedway (~3.3 miles) – restrooms inside Jester on your left —
  • Continue through UT and across Dean Keaton on Speedway
  • Right – 31st
  • Left – Duval
  • Left – 47th —Orange Cone – Take the trail through to the cut over to Speedway—
  • Left – Speedway —WATER stop at 43rd/Speedway (~ 10K) —
  • Right – 34th
  • Left – West Ave
  • Dead ends into 30th – Left
  • Right – Rio Grande —WATER stop at Rio Grande/16th (~ 9 miles) —
  • Left – 4th (at Rio Grande’s dead end)
  • Right – San Antonio
  • Take the cross walk across Cesar Chavez and follow the pedestrian bridge over the river on 1st St.
  • Right down the stairs back to the trail
  • East onto the Trail towards TxDOT

Add on 1 Mile http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-placement-route-1-mile-route-75569918
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – onto the trail
  • West – on the trail
  • Left – on the trail before the Congress Bridge (do not go under it)
  • Up to Congress Ave.
  • Left – Riverside
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd. (at light by white Lake Mart store)
  • Back to TxDOTasg

Add on 2 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/230870045
Directions:

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Left – onto the trail
  • West – on the trail
  • Under the Congress & 1st St. Bridges
  • After going under the 1st St. bridge, take the stairs up to the left
  • Using the pedestrian sidewalk, cross the 1st St. bridge
  • Head down to the trail using the ramp
  • Left or East on the trail back towards Congress
  • After going under the Congress bridge, take the stairs to the left up
  • Left – Congress Ave.
  • Left – Riverside
  • Left – Austin Fit Blvd (little street at light with no name by the white Lake Mart store)

Add on 3 Miles http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-3-mile-placement-route-91156033
Directions: We are running this route in the opposite direction of the map

  • East out of TxDOT
  • Right – AF Blvd (little side street by TxDOT with no name)
  • Right – Riverside
  • Right – Congress
  • After crossing the bridge take the stairs to the right to the trail
  • East on the trail towards I-35
  • Before you get to the I-35 bride, hop on the road and follow left towards the I-35 access road
  • Right – on the pedestrian sidewalk that crosses the lake towards Riverside
  • Right – Riverside
  • Right – AF Blvd back to TxDOT

Saturday Run Schedule – Summer 2013

All Saturday sessions meet at 5:50 AM

    • June 22 – Meet at TxDOT  to run Trail/LAB with a Footwear Seminar (5:50-6:00 AM) with route options of 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9 miles + 1 & 2 mile add ons 
    • June 29 – Meet at TxDOT to run around the Capital & UT area with a Nutrition Seminar (5:50-6:00 AM) with route options of  5, 7, 8, 9, & 11 miles + 1, 2, & 3  mile add ons
    • July 6 – Meet at TxDOT to run the Rainbow Hill route –No Seminar– with route options of  6, 8, 9, 10, & 20K +  1 & 2  mile add ons — Enjoy our Special 4th of July Theme – Red, White, & Blue with water fun!
    • July 13 – Meet at  TxDOT  to run through the scenic Roy Guerrero Park with a Rolling Out Seminar when you return to TxDOT from your workout with route options of  6, 7, 14 miles + a 2 mile add on
    • July 20 – Meet at  Northcross Mall to run the flat Great Northern loops. We will use this opportunity to practice our race pace with a warm up, drills, & dynamic stretching and route options (including the warm up & cool down) of  7, 10, 11, 13 miles +  1 & 2 mile add ons ** Meet in the chaparral Ice parking lot at 2525 Anderson Ln. 
    • July 27 – Meet at TxDOT for our BENCHMARK with a Cross Training Seminar (5:50-6:05 AM) with route options of 8, 20K, & 25K + 3.1 mile add on
    • August 3 – Meet at TxDOT to run the Trail/Barton Springs –No Seminar — with route options of  6, 10, 13 miles + 1, 2, 3 mile add ons
    • August 10Meet at  Anderson High School to run Ladera Norte –No Seminar — with route options of  9, 11, 16 miles + 1, 2, 3 mile add ons ** Meet at Anderson HS located off Steck/Mesa in Northwest Austin – At the top of Ladera Norte you will receive a special prize!      
    • August 17 – Meet at TxDOT to run Barton Hills — No Seminar — with route options of 10, 12, 14, & 18 + 2 & 3 mile add ons
    • August 25 – Meet at TxDOT for our BENCHMARK with a Motivational Seminar (5:50-6:05 AM) with route options of 11 miles & 25K + 3.1 mile add on
    • August 31 – Meet at TxDOT to run our Scenic course — No Seminar– with route options of 8, 9, 12, & 16 miles + 1& 2 mile add ons Special Labor Day Theme – White Out  & Watermelon
  • September 7 – Meet at TxDOT to run the Trail — No Seminar — with route options of 9, 10, 11, 13, & 19 miles + 1 & 2 mile add ons
  • September 14Meet at Austin High Tennis Courts (under the MoPac bridge) to run Mt. Bonnell — No Seminar — with route option 11, 15, 17, & 21 miles + 1 & 2 mile add ons Picture Contest  & Mimosas to celebrate the Mt. Bonnell climb
  • September 21 – Meet at TxDOT for our BENCHMARK with an Injury Recovery Seminar (5:50-6:05 AM) with route options of 20K & 30K + 3 mile add on
  • September 28 – Meet at TxDOT to run the Shoal Creek Trail –No Seminar — with route options of 7, 8, 12, 14, and 16 miles + 1 & 2 mile add ons
  • October 5 – Meet at TxDOT to run St.Eds/Parker — No Seminar — with route options of 7, 10, 11, 16, and 18 miles + 1, 2, 3, & 5 mile add on options *Special send off for people running the Chicago Marathon!

June 22 – Running Routes

JUNE 22nd – RUNNING ROUTE: Trail/LAB

Find your mileage, then your route. Note: All coaches will be following the San Antonio Full & ½ Marathon Routes. Water will be out on all routes…so see the directions for location of water stops.

FULL MARATHON MILEAGE
San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Vegas – 11/17, New York – 11/3, Fort Worth – 11/10, and Dallas – 12/8:
• Green – 9 miles
• Yellow/Red – 8 miles
• Orange – 7 miles

Chicago/Tyler: 10/13
• Green – 9 miles + 1 mile add on = 10 miles
• Yellow/Red – 8 miles + 1 mile add on = 9 miles
• Orange – 7 miles + 2 mile add on = 9 miles

Marathon 2 Marathon/Marine Corps/Chosen: 10/27
• Green – 9 miles
• Yellow/Red – 8 miles
• Orange – 7 miles + 1 mile add on = 8 miles

Team FIT (experienced runners who want more mileage)
• Green – 9 miles + 2 mile add on = 11 miles
• Yellow/Red – 8 miles + 2 mile add on = 10 miles
• Orange – 7 miles + 2 mile add on = 9 miles

HALF MARATHON MILEAGE

San Antonio & Shiner:
• Green – 7 miles
• Yellow/Red – 6 miles
• Orange – 4 miles

Team FIT (experienced runners who want more mileage)
• Green – 7 miles + 2 mile add on = 9 miles OR run with the full marathon group
• Yellow/Red – 6 miles + 2 mile add on = 8 miles OR run with the full marathon group
• Orange – 4 miles + 2 mile add on = 6 miles OR run with the full marathon group

DIRECTIONS/MAPS

9 mile route: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/198100724
Directions:
• Head East out of TxDOT
• Turn left onto Lady Bird Lake Trail
• Continue West on the trail to Mopac Bridge
• Cross over Mopac bridge and head up to road – Veterans Dr
• Turn Left onto Veterans Dr
• At the light turn left onto Lake Austin Blvd
• Continue on Lake Austin Blvd for two blocks – Hearn St
• Turn right onto Hearn St(cross Lake Austin Blvd)
• Continue on Hearn St until it dead ends
• Turn Left onto 8th Street
• Take your first right onto Possum Trot St
• Continue on Possum Trot St to 12th street
• At 12th street take a left and then take an immediate right back onto Possum Trot St
• Continue on Possum Trot St until it dead ends at Enfield Rd
• Turn left onto Enfield
• Right onto Exposition Blvd(first right)
• Left onto Bonnie Road (first left)
• Continue on Bonnie Road (approx. 0.8 miles)
• Left onto Scenic Dr
• Scenic Dr becomes Lake Austin Blvd
• Stay on Lake Austin Blvd heading East
• Right onto Veterans Dr (road before Mopac)
• Continue on Veterans Dr back to the trail entrance at Mopac
• Take the trail East, staying on the North side of the Lake(Don’t cross over Mopac)
• Continue on trial to Pedestrian Bridge(second bridge, right after Lamar St bridge)
• Cross over pedestrian bridge then continue East on trail back to TxDOT

8 Mile Route http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-trail-to-lab-red-bud-route-205269880
Directions:
• Head East out of TxDOT
• Turn left onto Lady Bird Lake Trail
• Continue West on the trail to Mopac Bridge
• Cross over Mopac bridge and head up to road – Veterans Dr
• Turn Left onto Veterans Dr
• At the light turn left onto Lake Austin Blvd
• Continue on Lake Austin Blvd to Kermit Rd (4th Rd past Exposition intersection)
• At Kermit Rd turn around and head back on Lake Austin Blvd
• Right onto Veterans Blvd
• Continue on Veterans Dr back to the trail entrance at Mopac
• Take the trail East, staying on the North side of the Lake(Don’t cross over Mopac)
• Continue on trial to Pedestrian Bridge(second bridge, right after Lamar St bridge)
• Cross over pedestrian bridge then continue East on trail back to TxDOT

7 Mile Route http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/205268398/
Directions:
• Head East out of TxDOT
• Turn left onto Lady Bird Lake Trail
• Continue West on the trail to Mopac Bridge
• Cross over Mopac bridge and head up to road – Veterans Dr
• Turn Left onto Veterans Dr
• At the light turn left onto Lake Austin Blvd
• Right on Newman Dr (Road BEFORE light/intersection with exposition)
• Right on 8th St (Newman Dr dead ends)
• Right on Norwalk Ln (first right)
• Immediate Left back onto 8th street
• Right on Hearn St (2nd right)
• Left onto Lake Austin Blvd (Head back towards Mopac)
• Continue on Veterans Dr back to the trail entrance at Mopac
• Take the trail East, staying on the North side of the Lake(Don’t cross over Mopac)
• Continue on trial to Pedestrian Bridge(second bridge, right after Lamar St bridge)
• Cross over pedestrian bridge then continue East on trail back to TxDOT

6 Mile Route http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-trail-to-lab-route-205266444
Directions:
• Head East out of TxDOT
• Turn left onto Lady Bird Lake Trail
• Continue West on the trail to Mopac Bridge
• Cross over Mopac bridge and head up to road – Veterans Dr
• Turn Left onto Veterans Dr
• At the light turn left onto Lake Austin Blvd
• Left on Hearn St (Second left)
• At parking lot entrance veer right towards Deep Eddy Parking lot/trail head
• Continue on Lady Birdy Lake Trail past Deep Eddy Pool/towards Mopac
• The trail splits soon after Deep Eddy Pool, stay to the right
• Follow trail, staying on the North side of the trail back to the Pedestrian Bridge(bridge just after Lamar St bridge)
• Cross over pedestrian bridge then continue east on trail (left)
• Stay on trail back to TxDOT

4 Mile Route http://www.mapmyruurn.com/us/austin-tx/af-trail-route-132950867
Directions:
• Head East out of TxDOT
• Turn left onto Lady Bird Lake Trail
• Continue West on the trail to Pedestrian Bridge (3rd bridge, located BEFORE Lamar St Bridge)
• Take pedestrian bridge across lake
• Turn right back onto trail
• Continue on trail to Hwy 35 Bridge (3rd bridge)
• Take bridge across lake (south)
• Turn right back onto Riverside Dr (first right, dog park will be on right)
• Continue on Riverside back to TxDOT
• Left into TxDOT parking lot

1 Mile Add Onhttp://www.mapmyrun.com/us/austin-tx/af-1m-newning-congress-route-202099730
Directions:
• Head East from TxDOT
• Right on Austin Fit Blvd
• Left on Riverside Dr
• Take first right onto Newning Ave
• Take first right onto Le Grande Ave
• Take slight left to stay on Le Grande Ave
• Left on Melissa Ln (Le Grande dead ends)
• Right on Academy Dr (Melissa Ln dead ends)
• Right on Congress Ave
• Continue on Congress Ave thru Intersection with Riverside
• Turn into TxDOT parking lot off of Congress Ave (entrance is just beyond intersection with Riverside Dr)
• Head back to meeting area

2 Mile Add Onhttp://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/213178343
Directions:
• Continue on Austin Fit Blvd to Riverside
• Right onto Riverside
• Right onto South Congress
• Right back onto the trail
• Left on trail under the Congress bridge
• Follow trail West until it hits Riverside, then turn around
• Head back to TxDOT taking the trail all the way to the dead end
• Turn back into TxDOT for the finish

Events Calendar – June

FUN TIMES BEGIN – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

  • Gear Swap BreakfastSaturday, June 8th Bring your unused or slightly used gear (clothing, shoes, fuel belts, lights, etc.) and swap it in for someone elses gear you will use! Meet us at Torchy’s Taco – new location – off S. Lamar after your Saturday group workout.
  • Running Form Clinic: Monday, June 10th – Learn proper running form to help with efficiency and improve your speed. Coach Raul Garcia will give you simple tips to make the adjustments with ease! RSVP only (512) 482-8676 @ Luke’s Locker 6 PM
  • Spirit of the Marathon II Movie Night: Wednesday, June 12th – In theaters one night only! We have groups meeting up around Austin for this unique movie experience. Join us for the motivational tale of an epic marathon journey! Click Here to purchase your tickets now…they will sell out!
  • Maudi’s Moonlight Margarita 5K: Thursday, June 13th – A fun way to give back to the Trail Foundation! Come run or walk this evening 5K that starts under the MoPac bridge by Stephen F. Austin High School. Website for more information. Austin Fitters meet at the new restrooms under the bridge at 7:30 — Race begins at 8:00 PM.
  • All-Comer Track Meet Series # 2 & #3: Friday, June 14th & 28th  – Starting at 6:00 PM join all ages (2 years – 80+ years) and abilities run, jump, or throw in this family friendly event. Newbies are always welcome and encouraged! Event fees include unlimited events so if you fancy participating in multiple events, have at it! Kids (12-Under) – $5.00, MS/HS Students – $8.00, and Adults – $10.00. You will also see a beautiful view of downtown from the School for the Deaf facility located between Congress & 1st St. off Elizabeth. More info
  • Austin Fit’s Yoga Seminar: Saturday, June 15th – 5:50 AM – 6:02 AM bring your mat for more yoga after your workout! Learn the vital poses for us endurance junkies to stay healthy while training for half & full marathons.
  • Luke’s YoRUNga: Tuesday, June 18th – 6:30 PM at Luke’s Locker. Yoga Instructor and Running Coach, Sarah Hill, will take you through a 2 mile easy run and then a 30 minute yoga class. Free for all!!
  • Team Spiridon & Austin Fit Unite – Pub Run! Thursday, June 20th – 6:00 PM $5.00 donation will go towards an animal charity. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to join. More details coming soon…
  • Austin Fit’s Nutrition Seminar, Saturday, June 22 –  5:50 AM at TxDOT – learn the basics about nutrition, the details on long run/walk nutrition, and what to know for race day!
  • Keep Austin Weird 5K (7 PM) and Festival (2-10 PM): Saturday, June 22 at Auditorium Shores. Dress in your funkiest, weirdest, or coolest outfit and enjoy this long-lasting Austin tradition!! You are sure to see some outrageous things and have super fun times. The 5K features local Austin companies along the course with “fun stops” of sampling anything from ice cream, bbq, or vodka! More info
  • Road Kill Trail Run: Sunday, June 30th at Spyglass Trail Head (by Taco Deli) 45 minutes of trail running where no one gets left behind!

For more information about any of the above events in Green – contact Austin Fit’s Social Coordinator –  Jessica Maki  or for the items in Blue – contact Austin Fit Director – Jennifer Harney

What to Expect

Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step in what will be an experience that, as billed, will change your life. USA FIT uses that claim as its tagline with sincere confidence. If you are new to the group, the following are some of the things you might expect during the next six months.  I invite you to add to the list – and repost on our group Facebook page (Austin Fit) with your thoughts.

  1. Expect to surprise yourself.  Regardless of your experience, whatever doubts you may bring with you, despite what others have said, you CAN!
  2. Expect to be accepted. Fast, slow, walker, full marathon, or half marathon. There is a place for you.
  3. Expect that your coaches will always put your safety and your training needs first.
  4. Expect to have more fun on Saturday mornings. OK, and maybe less fun on Friday nights. Remember to pace yourself.
  5. Expect that your friends and family will think you have lost your mind. 🙂
  6. Expect that your coaches will encourage you to carry a hydration device (water) with you on all of your workouts. See #3 above.
  7. Expect that you will suddenly have exercise buddies nationwide. Wherever you travel, you are likely to find a group ready to go at your pace.
  8. Expect that you will need to bring your common sense and common courtesy with you each Saturday. Running  & Walking safely on city streets and trails requires attention and etiquette.
  9. Expect that, at some point, you will use the words “only” and “10 miles” in the same sentence.
  10. Expect that Austin Fitters are the friendliest and most generous people you will meet anywhere.

WELCOME TO AUSTIN FIT

 

 

New Walking Program!

30.30 & Dangerous

This walking program is for the true beginner. Whether you are 30 pounds overweight, 30 years or older, your BMI is over 30 or you’re just are not sure you can do 30 minutes of exercise, this program is your starting point.

This is a true beginners walking program. NO, not a mall walker but a fitness walker; this is training for beginners. A program based on the lessons learned by folks that have personally dealt with there own weight and health issues. Designed from years of passion to help you begin and become the athlete your mind sees you can become! Passionate people, with real answers to help transform you into a leaner healthier you.

The program is designed to teach you techniques to walk injury free and get you to the finish line of a 5k race. Our goal is to give you a solid foundation to build you fitness walking on. The program is structured in a 9 week cycle so no matter when or where you join our year long program you can step in and learn, enjoy training with others and have the opportunity to grow. This program is the first step of a much bigger walking program with Austin Fit. Starting here you have the foundation to go on to the Get Fit program (training for a 10k), then the half and full marathon training. The walking program is a year round program as we see it; a lifetime commitment to fitness. Joining this program will change your life. As you become accountable to fellow walkers you will keep your motivation to meet the challenge of the next race or walking event.

When you sign up you will complete a questionnaire allowing us to meet your needs. This is not personal training, but we want to know how we can ensure success for you by addressing issue that you face personally. A team goal will be selected as a group, picking a race or an event to keep your focus on meeting an improved level of performance, whether it is speed increase or getting to the finish line injury free.

An example of the one hour training session:

  • Stretching to begin
  • Motivation Tips to be successful
  • Drills for walkers
  • A one mile walk (timed to track improvement)
  • Stretching to end
  • Week day tips to help you meet your goal

In addition you will receive the following:

  • Weekly informative newsletters
  • Social events
  • Weekday workout options
  • Educational seminars
  • Technical Shirt
  • Discounts with our sponsors: Luke’s Locker & Koala Health & Wellness
  • Experienced Walking Coaches
  • Non-intimidating and welcoming environment!!

For more information – please contact our Head Walking Coach, Elayne Barber at purple@austinfit.com

CPR and First Aid Certification

Austin Fit will be hosting a CPR and First Aid Certification open to all Austin FIT coaches and participants!

The training will take place on May 25th at 10:30 AM after the Saturday morning long run. It will be approximately 2 and 1/2 hours and will cost only $25. Upon completion, participants will receive certification cards for CPR and First Aid that are both valid for 2 years.

If you are interested in participating please send an email to kelseyparker@lukeslocker.com.

 

San Antonio Price Increase and Discount Code!

Are you planning on running the San Antonio Half or Full Marathon? If so, today is the last day to sign up before the first price increase happening tomorrow. Austin Fit members can use code “AUSTINFIT”  to receive an additional $10 off the registration price!

Also, don’t forget, Austin Fit kick-off is only two and a half weeks away!

Run/Walk for Boston

Please come join us tonight at the Run/Walk for Boston, organized by Gilbert’s Gazelles, to celebrate the safe return of all Austin and Central Texas runners and to remember those who lost their lives or were injured during the attack at the Boston Marathon. The event starts at 8 PM. We will be meeting at the Austin High track and will be heading out on the trail from there.

For more information about the event, visit the official facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/155560574611565/

This is a time to come together as a community and show our support for all those who were affected by the events on Monday. We hope to see you all there.

Linda Brown

Intervals – 9/1 or nonstop, all depending on runners’ preference

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Running – 20+
  • Years with Austin Fit – 9
  • Number of Marathons – 15
  • Half Marathons – 11
  • Favorite Race – 3M
  • Goal – Run a full or half marathon in all 50 states

Linda is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through NASM who enjoys the art of fitness. Linda coordinates a local boot camp in her community and is always amazed at how people become receptive to exercise by simply being exposed to it. Linda is a Professor at Huston-Tillotson University

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Kathleen Choe

Fast Facts:

  • Years Running:  Most of my life!
  • Years with Austin Fit:  14
  • Number of Marathons:  7
  • Number of Half Marathons:  30
  • Favorite Race:  Boston Marathon
  • Goal:  To help runners accomplish their goals in a healthy and balanced way

Kathleen started marathon training with Austin Fit in 1999 and began coaching the full marathon 9:00 pace group in 2003.  After running the Boston Marathon in 2008, Kathleen began coaching the 9:00 half marathon group (a much more “civilized” distance to train for!) The power of the pace group to encourage people to overcome challenges and to develop the perseverance to accomplish goals are some of the many things Kathleen enjoys about coaching with Austin Fit. 

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Nathon Choe

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Running:  since middle school
  • Years with AustinFit:  15
  • Number of marathons:  6
  • Number of half marathons:  25
  • Favorite Race:  Paris Marathon
  • Goal:  to help runners achieve their full potential

 Nathan has enjoyed running since middle school.  After he and his wife, Kathleen, decided to run the Indianapolis Half Marathon on a whim and couldn’t walk for 3 days afterwards, he has taken his training more seriously. 

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Spring Races – Check ’em out!

There are always several races around Austin, but Spring-time brings out the best of the best! Most of the races give funds back to local charities and/or a great cause. Support your local community and run or walk a 5K/10K/2 Mile/or 1 Mile race this Spring!!!

Here is what’s coming up in April & May 2013:

  • Saturday April 13: Longhorn Run – Austin 10K & 2 Mile  around the UT campus with a faster course this year and great prizes (boots, buckle, NIKE fuelband)! Support the UT Student Government with NIKE and Luke’s Locker/Victory sponsors for this local race.
  • Saturday April 13: Blue Bell Fun Run – Brenham 10K, 5K, & Kids Run. The course starts off at Brenham High School in scenic and historic Washington County. The Trestle Trail guides runners through Brenham’s beautiful countryside. Paved, winding roads take you past rolling hills covered in Bluebonnets. It’s fun for kids and adults alike – especially after crossing the finish line where you get to eat all the Blue Bell you want! Started in 1978, this race benefits the Brenham High School Athletic Program
  • Sunday April 21: American Heroes 5K – Camp Mabry Austin benefiting: Honor Flight Austin, Hope for Heros, and Texas Military Forces Museum. This 5K happens during American Heroes weekend where spectators can watch war reenactments, the American Heroes Air Show and learn about different organizations in the Central Texas areas serving veterans and military families. Bring your ID – and bring the family!
  • Saturday April 27: Texas Roundup 5K  & Family Mile – The current initiative of the Texas Round-Up is to increase youth participation in sport. Proceeds from the Texas Round-Up 5K and Family Mile event are donated to public elementary schools in Texas so that they may improve the opportunities of youth to participate in sports and fitness. The Texas Round-Up is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Sunday April 28: Schlotzsky’s Bun Run 5K & 10K & Kids K – or bring your dog and let them try for fastest dog in Austin! The Schlotzsky’s Bun Run benefits the Austin Sunshine Camps, which through the support of the Austin Young Men’s Business League, has provided summer camping experiences and leadership opportunities for under-served youth in the Austin area for more than 80 years. One of the oldest & fastest races in Austin!!
  • Saturday May 4: Chuy’s Hot to Trot 5K benefiting Special Olympics Texas Join us for our 30th year of keeping Austin fit and help a great cause!  Our flat course in south Austin offers an easy route for beginners, and an opportunity to set a personal record for those competitive runners.  The King of Rock and Roll will make an appearance, along with his buddy Chuy the Redfish.  Every paid participant gets an entry into our door prize drawing for prizes like Chuy’s & Shady Grove gift certificates.
  • Saturday May 11: 5K9 Walk Run benefiting Austin Pets Alive! Come out and make a difference for your community’s animal welfare lifeline! The event starts and finishes at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, TX.
  • Sunday May 26: Austin Autism Speaks 8K & 1K All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks – the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Held at Camp Mabry presented by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

These races too easy…want to throw in some biking and swimming? Here are a couple triathlons to get you started!

  • Sunday May 5 Rookie Tri presented by High Five Events and is the first Tri in the Texas Tri Series.  The Rookie Triathlon course is a 300 meter swim, 11.2 mile bike, and 2 mile run. The swim is held in Decker Lake. The bike will be held on partially closed roads, with the cyclist in a protected lane. The run is a mixture of park road and smooth off-road paths.
  • Monday May 27 CapTexTri has become one of the most popular multisport races in the country. The “Premier Texas Triathlon” is now part of the Life Time Triathlon Series and fills the streets of Austin on Memorial Day, selling out with 3,000 participants. The CapTexTri attracts all levels of athletes from top ranked professionals to first-time triathletes. The event includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, sprint and international distances, First Tri distance, sprint and international distance relays and even a Kid’s Run

Discount at Cap10k Expo

Austin Fit – Summer program is offering a special $10 off discount at the Cap10K Expo this weekend!!

Come by the red Austin Fit tent (located next to Luke’s Locker) to receive the special discount code and/or register for the summer program.

The summer program kicks-off Saturday May 18th at 6:00 AM and will train for a variety of fall half and full marathons including:

– October 13 – Chicago
– October 25 – Marine Corps/Napa/Marathon to Marathon
– November 3 – New York
– November 10 – Fort Worth
– November 17 – San Antonio, Las Vegas, & Philly (most popular)
– November 24 – Shiner Half Marathon
– December 8 – Dallas, BCS, & Tuscon

We have a new Team FIT  program this year for ALL experienced half and full marathon runners wanting to focus on improving running performance. It is recommended for committed runners with a base mileage of 20-30 miles per week. This is open to all paces in Austin Fit.

 

National Walking Day – April 3rd

The National Heart Association presents – National Walking Day — We are joining the WALK!

Our Walk FIT coaches will take you through a variety of walking workouts throughout the day at Luke’s Locker (115 Sandra Muraida Way)

Choose from any or all of the below walks and remember all walks are FREE and will begin from Luke’s Locker.

  • 7:00 AM – Fitness Walking Speed Workout – following the walk head to breakfast at Whole Foods
  • 10:00 AM – Hill Walking
  • 11:30 AM – Walking Essentials  – following the walk find lunch at one of the local food trailers
  • 3:30 PM – Explore Downtown by Walking  – historical tour of downtown
  • 5:00 PM – 30.30 & Dangerous – for the true beginner, young, old, slow, brand new no matter age or experience, a 30 minute introduction to starting a walking program
  • 6:00 PM – Walking as an Effective Exercise Program

Emailinfo@austinfit.com for more information

Race Reports – Tell us YOUR story!

Austin FIT members run and walk a variety of races. We would love to post your race story here to share with others. By sharing your race report, you motivate others in Austin FIT.

Races coming up:

Registration is OPEN!

Registration is OPEN for the Summer program. You can register online or at Luke’s Locker (in-person registration is cash/check only).

The Summer program trains for Fall Half and Full Marathons through the beginning of December. The Fall program (August 17, 2013 – mid-February 2014) trains for Winter Half and Full Marathons.

Registration cost includes the following for all members of Austin FIT: 

  • Six-month training schedule;
  • Saturday long runs or walks supported with coaches and water stops;
  • Informal weekday workouts;
  • Training T-shirt, shoe tag, discount at Luke’s Locker;
  • Weekly newsletter to keep you connected during the week;
  • Educational seminars/clinics;
  • and lots of FUN social events!!

Cost Breakdown:

Classic program: (Training for all ability levels)

  • New Member – $110 (Summer or Fall training only)
  • Returning Member – $85 (Summer or Fall training only)
  • New Member – $145 (Year-round training)
  • Returning Member – $120 (Year-round training)
  • Returning Member bringing 2 New Members – FREE!

Team FIT (Enhanced training includes two extra coached workouts/week, more rigorous training schedule, and Team FIT singlet)

  • Team FIT – $ 145 (Summer or Fall training only)
  • Team FIT – $199 (Year-round training)
  • Team FIT – Saturday only – New Member – $125
  • Team FIT – Saturday only – Returning Member – $100

Questions: Email info@austinfit.com

Kay Horn

Christine Hew

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Walking: 10 years as exercises
  • Years with Austin Fit: 6
  • Number of Marathons: 1
  • Number of Half Marathon: 5
  • Favorite Race: Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure
  • Goal: A Mickey Mouse Medal (Disney World Marathon)

In 2003 a couple of coworkers coerced Christine to start walking at break time with them.  After huffing and puffing for a couple of months she decided to buy real running shoes.  At the shoe store she noticed a flyer to join Austin Fit and train for the 2004 Motorola Marathon.  Christine shared her idea with her coworkers of which one very brave lady decided to share her friend’s crazy impulse.  We decided to train for the marathon.  A 26.2 mile race we never in our wildest dreams dreamt of trying.

Austin Fit gave Christine the training, knowledge and encouragement to learn from experts the correct approach to training for a marathon. After realizing that running was not for her she joined the purple walking group.  With each week of added miles she wondered if she could go on.  Each week she completed the miles with lots of sweat and determination. When Christine crossed the finish line at the marathon she realized that with hard work and determination there was nothing she couldn’t do and accomplish in her life.

With persistent requests to help coach, Christine finally gave in.  She would like to give back some of what she has learnt and to encourage others that walking is just all around good for us.  So what are you waiting for…get up and move!

Beth Wilson

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Walking:  2
  • Years with Austin Fit: 1
  • Number of Half Marathons: 2
  • Favorite Race: ASH Dash, Uptown Classic
  • Goal: Helping others achieve their goal of changing their lives

After spending a lifetime (47 years) being as inactive as humanly possible, Beth found out she needed to have her hip replaced. [Read more…]

Gina Hibbs

FAST FACTS:

  • Years Walking: 1
  • Years with Austin FIT: 1
  • Number of Half Marathons: 1
  • Favorite Race: San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Goal: Compete in two full marathons and a couple of half marathons in 2013.

Gina was an athlete growing up, and though she put her own athletic pursuits on the back burner for 25 years to raise her sons, she’s back! Gina joined [Read more…]

Carrie Foreman

FAST FACTS:

  • Years walking – 9
  • Years with Austin Fit – 4
  • Number of Half Marathons – 2
  • Favorite Race – Gruene 10k
  • Goal: Having fun with keeping fit

Carrie began her adventure with Austin Fit in 2008 her first year was not as expected, work derailed her training and [Read more…]