Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin has been canceled. The 2-day SXSW Wellness Expo event at the Palmer Events Center was expected to attract thousands of people interested in health and wellness as well as numerous companies in the continually-growing wellness industry. Click here for updates on this SXSW event.
Austin’s Running of the Green
Saturday March 14th, 2020
Austin’s Running of the Green is a St. Patrick’s Day themed 3.5 or 5.5-mile route that travels across the river into downtown with a tour of some notable sites. Don’t forget to wear green on this run, it could pay off.
Wild by Wild Basin – PACK IT! Family Hiking
Friday, March 20, 2020
Want to go hiking with your family but not sure where to begin? Let Wild Basin get you started with the activities in our NEW PACK It! family backpacks. We’ll show you how to prepare for a hike, get active and outside together, and connect with each other and nature. Click here to learn more about PACK It! at Wild Basin.
Capitol Warm-up Run
Saturday March 28th, 2020
The Capitol Warm-up Run includes an easy jog on the first mile of the Statesman Cap10K race course with a bonus loop around the Capitol Building thrown in just for fun! More info here.
Strong women lift each other up! Join us for a Galentine’s Day Acro class to celebrate the female friendships in your life! Click here for more info and to register.
Texas Wildflower Run
Saturday February 22nd, 2020
The Texas Wildflower Run is a traditional 3 to 5.5-mile route that travels on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake. One of the best times of the year to plant wildflower seeds in Texas is late winter before the spring showers. At the event native Texas wildflower seed packets will be provided, and with your assistance we will help Mother Nature get a head start on covering the trail with vibrant spring colors. There a several green spaces along the trail that are sheltered from spring time grass mowing and we will attempt to seed these areas. Enjoy cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate and other snacks when you finish. Click here for more info and to register for the Texas Wildflower Run will start and finish at the Austin American-Statesman.
Join the Town Lake YMCA for a free monthly pop up class January 18th, 2020 at 9:30 AM. The 45 minute boot camp class is designed to make you sweat and feel amazing! No equipment needed, just bring yourself. Click here for more info and to register.
MLK Day of Service with AUTM
Saturday January 18th, 2020
Join us for the annual MLK Jr. Day of Service street cleanup hosted by United Way Greater Austin. We will begin with a kick-off breakfast at at 9 am. Please arrive on time to enjoy breakfast tacos, coffee and juice before opening remarks at 9:15 AM. Click here for more info and to register.
BYOD Austin Bark in Zilker Park Pawty
Saturday January 25th, 2020
This is a responsible dog owner meet up! FREE PUPpuccinos for the doggos! (until supplies last) During the pawty, you’ll be able to sniff out and play with the humans and pups behind BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog). Please note, this is a laid back dog meet up for belly scratches and puppy kisses. Click here for more info and to register.
Now on to the list of active Austin events in December 2019…
Downtown Holiday Stroll
Saturday December 7th, 2019
Celebrate the start of your holiday season in downtown Austin at our 25th annual Downtown Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 7 from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. A free, family-friendly event that has something for everyone to enjoy! Click here for more information.
The Bomb Run
Every Friday 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
The run is a slow and easy start and a fast finish meant to simulate race pace. The heart behind the Bomb Run is community. They start together, and they push each other to finish strong. Click here for more information.
Austin Trail of Lights
December 10th – 23rd, 2019
The Austin Trail of Lights is returning for its 55th year to Zilker Park. Click a calendar date to purchase tickets and for additional information about that night’s events. Free general admission available for selected dates.
Now on to our list of Active Austin Events for November 2019…
Mozart’s Christmas Light Show
Thursday November 21st 2019 – January 5th, 2020
In case you were wondering if the holidays had arrived, here is your light-based confirmation. In a city overflowing with Christmas traditions, Mozart’s is among the Christmasiest… they go full Chevy Chase from mid-November til New Years every single year. Their light show would win any ‘hood! 2019 Edition (10th Annual), 6-11pm NIGHTLY (through January 5th, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas) at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Thursday November 28th, 2019
The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, one of Austin’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions, started in 1991 with just a handful of volunteers and 600 participants. Today it has grown to be the largest 5 mile run in Texas, with more than 700 volunteers and over 20,000 participants from all over the U.S. and beyond. Not only is it a great way for families to have fun together on Thanksgiving, it’s an event that you can really feel good about being a part of. All proceeds from the race go directly to Caritas of Austin, a non-profit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the Austin community. To date, the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $3.8 million for Caritas. Click Here to register.
Bark Rangers Training
Saturday November 30th, 2019
Bring your tail-wagging companion to this fun, hour-long workshop/hike to learn all about safety/1st aid, Leave No Trace, and cool outdoor gear for pets. This workshop is totally FREE. You get an awesome Bark Ranger Bandanna/Patch and a chance to join our Bark Ranger Service Team! Spots limited to 12 dogs per hike. 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Click Here for more info and to register.
We find that nearly all the runners we treat at our Austin physical therapy clinic have a specific hip muscle weakness. This weakness is one of the most common causes of running injuries. Unfortunately, the list of problems and types of running injuries that can result from this weakness is quite long… including everything from plantar fasciitis to IT band syndrome, knee pain, runner’s knee, arch pain, achilles-tendon issues and even hip and low-back pain. Many of these issues can get so painful so quickly that runners have to significantly limit their mileage or stop running altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! …
In the video below you will learn a simple movement test to detect if you have this extremely common-but-preventable weakness that often leads to such painful running injuries.
You’ll also learn three simple exercises you can do at home to help avoid most common causes of running injuries. By strengthening the right areas, you’ll reduce your chances of getting a new running injury as well as helping to improve any pain or issues you may already have. The whole routine will take you just a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is an inexpensive stretch band. (If you don’t already have one, you can get your own from Amazonhere.)
***Please note that this is not a complete approach to diagnosing and treating running injury. There may be many other issues that need to be identified and treated in order to get you running pain-free without limitations.
I came to Carter Physical Therapy after my fiancé went and saw them for an ankle injury that had bothered him for years. After 3 visits he was playing soccer and tennis several times a week and happier than ever.
As I was training for a marathon I started having some trouble with my knee. I suspected the IT band, but stretching did nothing to ease the pain. I went to Carter Physical Therapy and they immediately noticed that my hips needed strengthening on one side, which was causing the IT band to strain and hurt.
They did one treatment on me, gave me an in-home exercise program, and suggested that I get orthotics made to further help my situation. That night after one treatment I ran a fast 6 miles pain free! I went for two more treatments to have the orthotics made and to work a bit on the problematic knee. I have continued the at-home exercises and still remain pain free! I’m so glad I went to Carter Physical Therapy!