Life Time Fitness offering free post-Thanksgiving fitness classes

The Lifetime Fitness center on South Loop 1 will offer free fitness classes the day after Thanksgiving.
The Lifetime Fitness center on South Loop 1 will offer free fitness classes the day after Thanksgiving.

Add this one to the list of ways to compensate for this week’s dining table overindulgence.

Life Time Fitness South Austin, 7101 South Loop 1 (MoPac) will offer a Turkey Jam – an assortment of free fitness classes for members and non-members alike – the day after Thanksgiving.

The lineup includes a cardio kickboxing class at 8 a.m., studio cycling at 8:45 a.m., hot vinyasa yoga at 9 a.m., something called Total Conditioning Xtreme at 10 a.m. and an hour-long dance jam on the basketball courts at 10 a.m.

Did I mention it’s free?

bRUNch Running coming to Austin


Who doesn’t love to wrap up a nice morning run with a plate of waffles or an omelette?

First there was the Beer Run Club. (Read story here.) Now Austin’s got bRUNch Running, which combines running and brunching.

The Denver bRUNch Running group at a recent run.
The Denver bRUNch Running group at a recent run.

The first bRUNch Austin event will start at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Crave Restaurant, 340 East Second Street. Participants will pick from a 5K or 10K route around Lady Bird Lake. Afterward, they’ll eat (biscuits and gravy! Sunrise Benedict!), drink (coffee! mimosas!) and socialize.

The event is open to runners of all abilities. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to The Trail Foundation.

The group will meet twice in December. Starting in January it will meet weekly.

“Running and food are true passions of mine,” said Brittany Celata, co-manager of the Austin group. “I cannot wait to share my love of fitness and the outdoors in one of the coolest cities in the country.”

BRUNch Running already operates groups in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Phoenix.

View the menu and buy tickets here.

Enchanted Rock, Inks Lake host holiday trail runs and bike rides

Join rangers at Enchanted Rock for a trail version of a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
Join rangers at Enchanted Rock for a trail version of a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Photo by Andy Sharp for Austin American Statesman

Run With a RangerIf you find yourself in the Hill Country this week, head over to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or Inks Lake to work off some of the holiday calories.

Park rangers at Enchanted Rock will lead a 1.2-mile hike, 3-mile jog and 5-mile run through the park starting at 9 a.m. Thursday. Bring a reusable water bottle; Friends of Enchanted Rock will supply post-trot goodies.

Park admission is $7 for adults or free for children 12 and under. Turkey Trot participants are asked to make a suggested donation of $10 for the Friends of Enchanted Rock.

Registration is required. Email Scott Whitener at to reserve your Turkey Trot spot.

The park is located north of Fredericksburg, at 16710 Ranch Road 965.

Inks Lake State Park will host a 2.5-mile Pedal off the Pie mountain bike ride starting at noon on Friday.

All ages and experience levels are welcome, and riders will make stops along the way to enjoy some of the park’s natural features. The program is free but park entrance fees apply.

The group bike ride will depart from Pecan Flats trailhead. Most of the trail is rideable and the pace will be slow. For more information, call (512) 793-4689.

Long-distance runner Kara Goucher to speak at Rogue on Dec. 4

Kara Goucher races to the finish of the New York City Marathon.  AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek
Kara Goucher races to the finish of the New York City Marathon. AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek


Need a motivational kick in the running shorts?

Kara Goucher, one of America’s top long-distance runners, will talk about her comeback from injury, her recent experience at the New York City Marathon and plans for the future during a public appearance at Rogue, 410 Pressler Drive.

The event will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 with a screening of an episode of the Driven series from, chronicling Goucher’s career. A moderator will lead an interview with Goucher, 36, and then she will answer questions from the audience.

The event is open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP here.

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Goucher won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2007 World Championships and finished third in the Boston Marathon in 2009. She ran at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.

She was gunning for a 2:28 at the New York City Marathon a few weeks ago, but hit the wall on what turned out to be a very windy day and struggled, finishing in 14th place with a 2:37. Goucher, who has been criticized for showing too much emotion, was tearful at the race finish and during a press conference afterward.

“I used to worry about it and try to hold it in, but now that I am well into my 30s and a mother, I just don’t care,” she wrote in her blog afterward. “It is who I am. I am good at many things but not at hiding my emotions. I am raw, I cry ugly, it is what it is.”

Rogue started carrying Skechers shoes this month, and Goucher’s Austin appearance is in partnership with Skechers Performance Division.

“We’re super excited. It’s a big deal. Obviously there are a lot of people in our group who look up to her and are inspired by her as an athlete,” said Rogue co-owner Chris McClung.

For more information call Rogue at (512) 373-8704.

Pure Pilates opening new location at The Domain

Pure Pilates will hold an open house at its new Domain location on Nov. 30.
Pure Pilates will hold an open house at its new Domain location on Nov. 30.


Not you can take a break while shopping to stretch it out.

Pure Pilates Austin will open a new studio at The Domain on Dec. 1. The company already operates a studio on West Campus, near the University of Texas.

The new location will feature 10 new Megaformers and offer daily classes of low impact, high intensity exercise infused with the principles of Pilates.Curious? Stop by for an open house from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. The studio is located at 11011 Domain Drive, No. 115. Sign up in advance for a free 30-minute class by calling 512-243-7510 or emailing

For more information go here.

Outdoor Voices to host Turkey Burn on Nov. 29

Participating in a Turkey Trot eases the guilt of downing a big holiday meal.
Too much turkey? Join Outdoor Voices for a run on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Add this to the list of options for minimizing waistline damage this holiday season – a Turkey Burn hosted by Outdoor Voices.

The shop, 606 Blanco Street, will host a 3-mile neighborhood run designed to burn off the Thanksgiving feast at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29.

Afterward, participants can enjoy pastries, juice, coffee and mimosas provided by Josephine House.

Guests are also invited to shop the store’s brand new collection. Everyone gets 20 percent off regularly priced items between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the store will unveil its $300 “holiday essential” gift kits, which include leggings, sports bras, hoodies and more.

Putting on the pink at the Komen Race for the Cure

10171775_827158123973451_7101154267379524938_nFor the second year in a row I joined the parade of pink in downtown Austin yesterday, running in the Komen Austin Race for the Cure. Go here to see my gallery of photos.


Women with pink mustaches. Guys with pink wigs. Couples in matching pink tutus. Crowds of people in pink crowns, pink T-shirts, pink shoes and pink feather boas.

In all, more than 9,200 people participated, raising more than $351,000. (Fund-raising continues through Dec. 16.

Congratulations to winners:

  • Female survivor Melissa Sankey with a time of 24:05.2
  • Male survivor Stephen Nabinger with a time of 22.29.0
  • Female (non-survivor) overall winner Marissa Flournoy with a time of 19.34.4
  • Female (non-survivor) masters winner Shannon Pressley with a time of 19:55.1
  • Male (non-survivor) overall winner David Melancon with a time of 17:40.5
  • Male (non-survivor) masters winner Louis Kokemak with a time of 20.03.6.


Carrozza offers free training for Jingle Bell 5K

This year’s Jingle Bell 5K will take place Dec. 14 at The Domain. LAURA SKELDING/Statesman


The Jingle Bell 5K is about a month away – just long enough to train for it, according to Austin running guru Paul Carrozza.

Carrozza has teamed with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to offer a free “four weeks to a 5K” training plan for the organization’s 17th annual Jingle Bell 5K at 8 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Domain.

The training sessions will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and are free for anyone registered for the run.

“Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, this four-week plan will help kick-start your fitness and those New Year’s resolutions,” Carrozza says.

To register for MADD’s Jingle Bell 5k and download a training plan, go here. Each runner will get a pair of bells and Santa will cheer on the runners. To sign up for Carrozza’s free training, register for the race and then go here.

Ortega Elementary sells oranges – not chocolate! – to raise funds




It really bothers me when schools try to raise money by selling sugar loaded treats like candy bars and caramel corn. Aren’t we supposed to be teaching our children to eat healthy?

That’s why I love what’s happening at Ortega Elementary School in Austin.

Students and staff there are selling 20-pound bags of organic oranges grown in South Texas to raise money for field trips and extracurricular activities not covered by federal funding.

The fund-raiser ends Monday, and you can order a bag for $15. The school makes $5 on each sack, and that money helps send kids to museums and other cool places.

The school teamed up with the Sustainable Food Center to organize the fund-raiser. Ortega teacher Alejandra Mireles says the school wanted to do something that reflected the healthy living habits students there are taught. They’re also hoping to show that real food can do more than make us healthy – it can be used to raise money, fund educational trips and help close the educational achievement gap.

Organizers hope other schools will do the same.

The students are excited, too. “Chocolate has too much sugar and we could make more money selling fruit because it’s healthier and better for you,” says student Alex Rodriguez.

To order, call 512-414-4417 or go here. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Monday. Pickups are Dec. 2-4 at the school, 1135 Garland Avenue.

Bike East Art Attack: A public art scavenger hunt … by bike!

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I love this: A bike-borne public art scavenger hunt.

This Saturday, you can participate in Bike East Art Attack. At 11 a.m., you’ll pick up a checklist (and some breakfast tacos) at Cycleast, 1619 East Cesar Chavez Street. From there you’ll pedal to as many public art checkpoints as you can. At each stop you’ll earn a chance to win a new bike and other prizes in a raffle at the after party, which starts at 4 p.m. back at the bike shop.

Everyone who signs up will get a swag bag and free tickets to the Fresh Festival in May 2015.

Instagram and Tweet pics of yourself at each location, using the hashtags #artattack and #fresh, to earn additional raffle tickets. Decorate your bike and wear your art-inspired gear for extra merit.

Entry fee is $25 for adults; or free for children 12 and under with a registered adult. Reserve your spot at are my top five reasons for participating:

1. If you ride a bike to the East Austin Studio Tour, you won’t get stuck in traffic.

2. It’s easier to park a bicycle than an automobile.

3. Free exercise!

4. Cyclists have cute legs.

5. It’s the hipster thing to do.