Austin's a fit city. There's no doubt about it. Journey along with Pamela LeBlanc as she explores all that's out there for the fitness-minded.
Is it wrong to love my pool sandals? If it is, I'm in trouble. I've been testing out a new pair of slides from Oofos, and, well, it's heartbreak every time I have to take them off.
Say goodbye to the Rogue location on San Marcos Street. The east side running gear store will close sometime in January, but a new incarnation will open on the other side of town the same month.
Congrats to Linda Farias and Lilly Blooms, who each won a free entry into the 3M Half Marathon on Jan.
The recent arctic blasts left icicles clinging to the starting blocks at Rollingwood Pool, where I swim on a U.
Next weekend’s fitness calendar is filling up quickly. Here are some highlights: Lone Star Vaulters open house.
The Thinkery, the new incarnation of The Austin Children's Museum, opens Sunday, and that means it'll be crowded at the Mueller development this weekend, site of a popular farmers' market.
We're less than seven weeks away from the 3M Half Marathon, a race that makes me think of tape, bandages, gluesticks - and a very fast course.
I like to track things, especially things like swimming, running and biking. And since 2004 I’ve loyally logged all my workouts in a special little calendar that caters to my obsessive compulsive nature.
I love this: Amid the consumer hysteria and non-stop bombardment of ads for Black Friday sales came this invitation to fix something instead of replacing it with something new.
Time to gear up for the most festive runs of the year, folks. Whether you'd rather join a jingling herd of bell-wearing runners, sprint through the Trail of Lights or cruise through the Mueller neighborhood alongside carolers, Austin's got a run for you.
Do you remember when a woman jogging along the Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake was attacked by a stranger in broad daylight last September?
Need motivation to run fast? If you set a personal record at the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon this year, you'll be invited behind the red velvet ropes and stanchions at the finish line for a chance to bang the race's new PR gong.
FrankenBike, that funky bicycle-oriented swap meet on steroids (with a little beer poured over it), hits a major milestone this month when it celebrates its 100th event.
I'm buried under a landslide of brand-new fitness DVDs. Help me clear them off my desk! If you want any of the titles below, post here, telling me which one you want and why you need it.
Which came first: The turkey or the trot? Each Thanksgiving, Bill and Rita Keenan host a crowd for Thanksgiving.
Quick: What are the four main food groups? If you answered candy, candy canes, candy coins and syrup, you'll want to set aside Dec.
A panel of experts will talk about obesity, weight loss and body acceptance next Tuesday at KLRU studios.
If you went to Camp Longhorn, you know the stories. Tex Robertson learned to swim in a horse trough.
And ANOTHER meet up location. Now the group will meet at 701 S Capital of Texas Highway. **** Meeting location has changed.
Austin will get a glimpse of its new bike sharing system Wednesday, when officials show off some of the heavy-duty bicycles and disclose the location of the first stations.
Want a say in the future of bicycling in Austin? City officials are launching “Your Path to Austin," an updated version of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and the creation of a new Urban Trails Plan.
I'll be swinging by the Texas Conference for Women next week, and hope you'll stop by to say hello. The day-long conference is packed with talks by successful women from all walks of life, from cookbook author and Food Network television personality Rachael Ray to 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Congrats to the Austin runners who just returned from Brazil, where they competed in the World Masters Track Championships in Porto Alegere.
The idea of running for miles on rock- and root-studded terrain alongside a bunch of fleet-footed, sinewy guys is enough to scare a lot of women away from trail racing.
Want to run the marathon to help homeless dogs? To prevent drowning? To feed hungry people? Or to raise money for medical research?
Trish Trujillo ran the very first Komen Austin Race for the Cure 15 years ago. She ran for her mother, who had died of breast cancer at the age of 48.
If you'd told me a few years ago I'd be spending my Friday at a yoga festival, I'd have told you too much blood rushed to your head the last time you struck a scorpion pose.
Safety Pam here with your annual reminder: Light up! Now that we've moved our clocks back and days are getting shorter, more of us are out bicycling, running or walking when it's dark.
My Thanksgiving motto? Run 5 to burn 5. I’ve made it a tradition the last few years to ride my bike downtown to run 5 miles in the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot.
Talk about a long way to go on eight tiny wheels. Keith Wegen will roll 555 miles through Texas on a pair of in-line skates to spread the word about early detection of prostate cancer.
Bike junkies might want to check out the swap meet planned at Mellow Johnny's next weekend. The 5th Annual Mellow Swap is scheduled for 9 a.
I’m pretty sure my Run for the Water was colder than yours. Unless, of course, you’re the guy from Alaska.
Dear trail user wearing headphones, Help me out here. I ride my bike to work almost every day. I zip along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Shoal Creek Trail for a good chunk of my commute between downtown and the Allandale neighborhood.
Want a say in Austin's bicycling landscape? The City of Austin wants to know about your biking habits, and what kind of paths and routes you'd like to see developed in the future.
Running's easier when you've got purpose. The miles tick past just a little more quickly when you carry the spirit of someone who can't run with you.
Refresh. Revive. Reinvent. That's the mantra behind Prevention Magazine's R3 Prevention Summit, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive.
It's been nearly two years since Paolo Minissi, the founder of Castle Hill Fitness, took his own life.
I'm looking for folks to in our weekly Fit Folks feature. Are you fit? And proud?Tell me about it, in 200 words or less.
Can we call it a dynasty yet? Austin wake surfing phenom Raleigh Hager, the 11-year-old daughter of JB and Erin Hager (yes, JB of the JB & Sandy Show on radio station Mix 94.
In case you hadn’t noticed, bicyclists and motorists don’t always get along. An Austin non-profit organization wants to change that.
Heads up, weekend warriors, people affected by cancer and anyone who wants to hop on a bike and go for a leisurely ride in what's shaping up to be spectacular weather.
The name has changed and the owners are different, but you can still buy running gear in the space once occupied by RunTex in northwest Austin.
Do you care about biking in Austin? A lot? The Austin Bicycle Advisory Council, which advises the city of Austin and other jurisdictions on all matters relating to the use of bicycles, is looking for new members.
A trail version of the popular Ragnar Relays is coming to Texas. Registration opened this week for the brand new Ragnar Trail Hill Country, scheduled for a year from now at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort.
Like most people, I'd rather run or ride my bicycle along a pleasant, tree-lined road than a street bordered by a concrete wall.
I'm fresh back from Rocksprings, where I communed with spiders, centipedes, lizards, cactus plants and a bunch of tough athletes who apparently have rhino hide for skin.
Welcome to Austin, tourists. We're glad you're here. And by the way, it'll cost you an extra buck to go for a swim.
Just before the Circuit of the Americas hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix last year, I tore around the track under the power of my own two feet.
Like costume runs? Add this one to your fall fitness calendar: The Run For All 5K at the Texas School for the Deaf.
Want to share your ideas about how Austin should develop the shoreline park along the Butler Trail between the now-under-construction boardwalk and Longhorn Dam, east of Interstate 35?
Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.
TriRock Austin triathalon, 9.2.13
A-List: Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics, 8.2.13
Hip-hop dance class at Ballet Austin's School
Boston Marathon vigil at Austin High, 4.18.13
Marathon signs, 02.11.13
3M Half Marathon, 01.13.13
Formula Run, 11.03.12
ADVMX track in Del Valle
Austin Aerial Yoga
Austin Crowds, 07.05.12
Texas River School
Disc golf, 06.12.12
ROT rally riders, 06.09.12
ROT Rally scene downtown
ROT Biker Rally parade, 06.08.12
Bikers ride in for ROT rally, 06.06.12
U.S. Paratriathlon National Champions
Capital of Texas Triathlon, 05.28.12
Nesting red-tailed hawks, 05.13.12
Shaylah Dame Skate Park
Inaugural Austin 10/20 race, 04.15.12
LBJ Ranch, 02.19.12