Archive for July, 2012

Tuesday 7/31/2012

July 31, 2012

And with that, we bid July adieu!  It was a tad over one hundred degrees and, as usual, that drove the group numbers up about as high as they’ve been so far this summer.  Six gallons of water and four gallons of gatorade devoured.  We had an interesting run in with a Travis County election official.  Apparently we were blocking her view of the much feared and maligned “no electioneering beyond this point” line (which was unoccupied at the time by anyone outside of our group).  With a minimum of bloodshed we were able to reposition ourselves to her satisfaction.  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout –
Fast Group = timed mile, indian file mile, half mile
Fun Group = timed mile, indian file mile, quarter mile

News – there will be a FINAL Stampede departing just below I-35 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.  There will be a hill workout on Thursday (repeats).  There will be a long run on Saturday departing SANDY’S MANSION at 7:00:00 am.  Routes of 9.92 or 5.37 miles followed by FREE breakfast at the mansion followed by a FREE tour of an archeological dig just a short hop from the mansion.  What’s better than that??

More News – one week from today there should be a nice influx of newcomers to the group.  Please make them feel welcome!

Yet More News Still – there will be an after workout gathering at Third Base (1717 W 6th) on Thursday (yes, this Thursday)!  What’s the occasion?  How about we celebrate life in general, the Sauvie Islanders, and Penny (and anyone else who’s run a race since our last gathering).

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 7/26/2012

July 26, 2012

Please take a minute to make your voice heard on our new meeting spot!

The Workout – Long Hill/Short Hill 800s
JimiTex Discount Group = 5
Fast Group = 4
Fun Group = 3

News – there wil be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am on Saturday.  On the trail this week for 4, 7, or 10 miles.  BHMTG will be departing at 6:50 am for an extra mile prior to meeting the group at 7:00:00 am.  Breakfast at Maria’s Taco Express (2529 S Lamar) at 8:51:51 am.

More News – if, for whatever reason, you’re not running Saturday OR you have some free time Sunday morning…come help coach recruit people to join the ARC marathon/half marathon training programs!  Send an email to volunteer@austinrunners.org if you can help!

Save the Date – NEXT Saturday (August 4th) the long run will be departing from Sandy’s mansion and will be followed by FREE breakfast there.  More details next week as the date approaches.  Way to coach, Al!

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 7/24/2012

July 24, 2012

Our relocation efforts are being redoubled!  Thursday will be our final time to meet at RunTex’s former Lake Austin Blvd. location.  We will have access to the restrooms and changing area Thursday.  Stay tuned for details!

The Workout – 800s, 400s, 200s
Fast Group = 3×800, 3×400, 3×200
Fun Group = 2×800, 2×400, 2×200

News – there will be a Stampede on Wednesday departing Brushy Creek at 7:00 pm.  There will be a hill workout on Thursday (repeats).  There wil be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am on Saturday.  On the trail this week for 4, 7, or 10 miles.  Breakfast at Maria’s Taco Express (2529 S Lamar) at 8:51:51 am.

More News – if, for whatever reason, you’re not running Saturday OR you have some free time Sunday morning…come help coach recruit people to join the ARC marathon/half marathon training programs!  Send an email to volunteer@austinrunners.org if you can help!

Save the Date – NEXT Saturday (August 4th) the long run will be departing from Sandy’s mansion and will be followed by FREE breakfast there.  More details next week as the date approaches.  Way to coach, Al!

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 7/19/2012

July 20, 2012

This report and Tuesday’s report were written Friday in order to archive the workouts and get the Saturday maps to the folks who are not on the email list (due to my being out of town all week).

The Workout – 1600, 1200, 800, 400

News – there will be a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  11 miles via reverse Scenic (can be shortened to 8 by turning around at Windsor, 6 by turning around at 10th).  Breakfast at Waterloo (38th St) at 9:10:10 am.

More News – if for some reason you’re not running on Saturday morning, meet Coach Al at the Rock for an Austin Runners Club recruitment drive from 6:30 am to 9:00 am – we’ll be recruiting for the marathon/half-marathon training programs that we’ll begin in about 3 weeks – also we’ll be recruiting beginners for jack & Diane’s (I think there’s a song about them) Tues/Thurs Beginners Group.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 7/17/2012

July 20, 2012

This report and Thursday’s report were written Friday in order to archive the workouts and get the Saturday maps to the folks who are not on the email list (due to my being out of town all week).

The Workout – Fartleks (slow = 1 minute, fast = 1 minute increasing 30 seconds per segment up to 3 minutes)

News – Stampede on Wednesday, hills on Thursday, and a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  11 miles via reverse Scenic (can be shortened to 8 by turning around at Windsor, 6 by turning around at 10th).  Breakfast at Waterloo (38th St) at 9:10:10 am.

More News – if for some reason you’re not running on Saturday morning, meet Coach Al at the Rock for an Austin Runners Club recruitment drive from 6:30 am to 9:00 am – we’ll be recruiting for the marathon/half-marathon training programs that we’ll begin in about 3 weeks – also we’ll be recruiting beginners for jack & Diane’s (I think there’s a song about them) Tues/Thurs Beginners Group.

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 7/12/2012

July 12, 2012

For the last 12 or so years, the Tuesday/Thursday workouts have started at the RunTex on Lake Austin Blvd.  In the next couple of weeks that will be changing.  We are working on an alternate spot that is close by, has ample parking, access to restroom facilities, and ice.  There will be a formal announcement once the details are worked out.  We will continue to use the track at O. Henry so those of you who meet there will not be impacted.  Stay tuned!

The Workout – 800s from Joe’s Tree

News – there will be a long run  Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  On the trail this week for 4, 7, or 10 miles (or a 4 mile bakery loop for the injured reserved).  Breakfast at La Feria (2010 S Lamar) any time after they open at 9:00:00 am.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 7/10/2012

July 10, 2012

For the last 12 or so years, the Tuesday/Thursday workouts have started at the RunTex on Lake Austin Blvd.  In the next couple of weeks that will be changing.  We are working on an alternate spot that is close by, has ample parking, access to restroom facilities, and ice.  There will be a formal announcement once the details are worked out.  We will continue to use the track at O. Henry so those of you who meet there will not be impacted.  Stay tuned!

The Workout – ladder
Fast Group = 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 200
Fun Group = 1600, 800, 400, 200

News – there will be a Stampede on Wednesday departing Brushy Creek at 7:00 pm.  There will be hill workout on Thursday (repeats…maybe).  There will be a long run  Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  On the trail this week for 4, 7, or 10 miles.  Breakfast at La Feria (2010 S Lamar) any time after they open at 9:00:00 am.

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 7/5/2012

July 5, 2012

Great job by (almost) everyone who ran Sauvie Island on Wednesday!  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout – 5k (reverse of the map)

News – there will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am on Saturday.  Off the trail this week for 8 or 11 miles.  Breakfast at Malka’s favorite place, Cafe Express, at 9:06:10 am.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 7/3/2012

July 4, 2012

Decent crowd for pre-Independence Day.  We bid farewell to Patrick who is heading off to Columbia to pursue an advanced degree (after discovering there was no future in ultimate frisbee).  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout – partner 400s

News – there will NOT be a Summer Stampede 5k on Wednesday due to the 4th of July holiday.  It will get back on track next Wednesday at Brushy Creek.  There will be a hill workout on Thursday (repeats).  There will be a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  Route and breakfast TBA (actually it’s already been determined but I’m away from the computer that has that info).

Run every chance you get!