Cost of races in Austin

May 22, 2008

The latest issue of Austin Runner has an article discussing the increasing cost of racing in Austin. There are a few interesting things there, one of them was the increasing use and requirements for barricades. In recent races the last year I’ve also noticed just more barricades at each intersection. I think I’m more inclined to agree with John Conley’s sentiment about making the requirements really meet the needs and not just add barricades for the sake of adding barricades.

The other thing that struck me as odd was that the City’s solution to keep costs low is to have city workers do the barricading of the events. How does that impact the businesses that make their living with barricading? Something about the City increasing barricading requirements, which raises the costs for the barricading companies and then coming back with an option that cuts out those companies if the City does the barricading donsn’t quite make sense to me. Why not just keep the rules simple and the overhead low and streamline the process for the local businesses involved so they can keep the costs low since this is the core of the business.

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Pain on the side of the knee

May 18, 2008

This Saturday marked the first week I’ve managed to run 6 days out of the week in probably 8 months. After the 10 mile run I was subbing for Ruth for her Rogue Running 101 class. Two of the people in the class mentioned slight pain on their knee, I asked where and it was the side of the knee … something most runners have experienced and found to be IT band syndrome.

I suggested the standard, TP Massage, foam roller, side leg raises. (doctor if it’s persistent). Then since we were running on Shoal Creek which has a significant camber at points asked if one of the runners always ran on the same side of the road. She did, it was the right side and her right knee hurt. I suggested she run on the left side as well. On the way back on our out and back run she did and she said that seemed to help. There are so many things like this we only hear about when we get hurt, I have to admit that I’ve changed what I do or don’t do because of injuries.


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