Gear up for Austin Marathon at Friday’s Prep & Pump session at Rogue

Runners soak up advice at last year’s Prep & Pump event at Rogue Running. Photo courtesy Rogue Running

You’ve put in the training miles, but are you mentally prepared for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon?

Rogue Running will host its annual Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Prep & Pump from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Rogue Running, 410 Pressler Street.

Rogue co-owner and coach Chris McClung, who recently notched a 2:45:36 PR at the Houston Marathon, will provide an in-depth course analysis and pacing strategies for both races. McClung has finished the Austin Marathon five times and coached hundreds of athletes through it, so he knows what he’s talking about.

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This year’s session should be particularly useful, because the second half of the marathon course has changed. The 2018 route skips the hills of Exposition Boulevard and the long, windy stretch of Great Northern Boulevard, but replaces them with hills on Enfield Road and forays alongside the University of Texas campus and into East Austin.

Coach and co-owner Steve Sisson will pitch in, too, leading a pre-race pump with tips to sharpen your focus and get you psyched for the challenging race.

The session is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available at the Fuel Bar inside the shop. The session will be streamed via FaceBook live, and posted online afterward.

And check your Monday newspaper. Fit City drove the course with McClung recently, and the Feb. 12 column will outline in detail his advice on how to ace the race.

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