Category Archives: Lessons Learned

It’s not a hill…

It’s not a hill, it’s a shortcut.

That is what I told myself in order to get over my anxiety about hills. Because really that’s what a hill is: a shortcut to making you a better runner. If you can get good at running hills -or at least not be afraid of them- you’ll be physically, and perhaps more importantly, mentally stronger.

Now I look forward to hills. Bring ’em on, the steeper the better.

What’s next?

Perhaps one of the most fun steps of running is finding a race to sign up for. Once you pick out a race, you make the commitment and sign up. You drop the cash, but then perk up at the thought of a race to look forward to.

Having to part with a chunk of cash (sniff) is a big motivator for me. There’s no way I’m going to pay for a race and then not train for it. Unless there is a damn good reason, then I am going to run that race, which means I have to train for it.

And in fact it has happened to me that I’ve signed up for two marathons but wasn’t able to run them. I signed up for the San Antonio marathon, but then found out I was going to Thailand, which was just fine by me. (And I almost signed up my buddy Jason, good thing I didn’t!)  As luck would have it, I found that there was going to be a marathon in Bangkok, so I signed up for that. I was super stoked, but then Bangkok got flooded, and so that race didn’t happen.

Right now my goal is to pick my next race. I will probablythe 50K in Nueces on March 2nd. It’s kind of a bummer that it’s two hours away. I won’t be able to run the course every weekend like I did for Bandera, but I’m sure I’ll make at least one trip out there to see what it’s like. I’ve heard that it is flatter and isn’t as technical, so that’s good. However, it’s two 15 mile loops. I’m not keen on the idea of running loops, but what can you do?

There is also a SARR half-marathon on the 26th, and the Austin marathon on February 17th… Hmmmm…..