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Back from a run. Kids wanted to sled. Why change?

on Nov 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Back from a run.  Kids wanted to sled.  Why change?

Las Vegas: I’ve been doing it wrong

on Oct 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m the first to complain about running in Las Vegas.  Although I love working here, it can be hard to grind out miles on the strip at any time — in the morning, there are drunks and whores.  The rest of the day, just tons and tons of people.  I’ve blogged about it. That makes it real.. But yesterday, I went out to Red Rocks for the first time and it was fantastic.  I’ve not done a lot of trail running, but my colleague Paul does it all the time.  He’s from Park City and we’re headed there after our project there and will get in some miles. We found an article on Runner’s World and also asked around.  We chose the Grand Circle Trail, which 11.5 miles or so.  We asked for help finding it at the visitors center, and the volunteer there was absolutely fantastic.  She sent us off to run counter-clockwise, which was great, as we got the big climbs...

Fuck Yeah!

on Sep 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just got an email that, while expected, generated a great deal of joy. My patriots day will be spent this year with 30,000 of my closest friends. It was a year to the day that I got a much different email. What a difference a year...

Size Matters

on Sep 12, 2014 in Race Report

I had a great marathon in the spring.  I wrote a about it.  I was very happy.  But ever since then, less happy.  I’ve run two races before today of which I was so not-proud that I didn’t even blog about them!  Can you imagine?  Yeah, me neither!  But I’ve been getting in the miles, going to speed workouts, getting in my long runs, etc., but still I haven’t been able to get my weight back to where I want it and I think that is really messing me up. Runners are nuts.  We somehow believe that just by running a shitload we can eat whatever we want.  And as much as we want.  And I think there is some real truth to that — we can eat a lot, and I do.  But over time, I’ve inched up to around 180, where I think I’d be much happier at 175.  I’d be over the moon at 170.  (I’m 6′-0″),  and at 165, man I’d kill it!  This...

Man’s Best Friend: Now Running with Strangers

on Jul 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Man’s Best Friend:  Now Running with Strangers

Running in London. Brilliant.

on Jul 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the things I love about my job is the travel.  That’s not really true.  But one of the things that’s true about my job is that I travel.  And I do notice that running is different in different places.  The way people run in China is different than the way people run in Chinatown (in China, people seem to run very fast for very short distances, like every workout is an interval workout.  In Chinatown, that’s also true, but it’s usually dodging traffic).   I thought to myself “self, you should write about this.” I had a great family vacation in London and Berlin.  Great food.  A lot of crying children.  Not ours of course.  OK, they were ours. I got some great runs in in both cities, and I’ve run in Berlin on a couple of trips before.  I even wrote a little blog post about running in Berlin right before the Marathon in 2010, and to quote...

Since you didn’t ask: Traveling to London

on Jul 8, 2014 in Travel

First, a warning:  this post isn’t about running.  I will write a post about running in London because it’s AWESOME.  But I wanted to write down what I, as a cheap New Yorker, discovered on my recent trip.  There really isn’t anything about running in this article.  You can skip it.  I promise. First about me and what’s in my head: On vacation from New York with my wife and two kids. Thought to myself, “self, you should write some of the crap down you learned about making your trip easier.” then I thought “where the hell would I write it down? My fantastic running blog? But it’s not really about running. You should write about running only there. Maybe a blog post about running in London. OK in a minute.” I am a control freak, so I’m going to tell you what to do. Just do what I tell you. You’ll thank me later. Do these...

Lucky Greg

on May 24, 2014 in Race Report

It. Went. Great. I had the best race of my life at the Run for the Red Marathon. And today, as proud as I am of myself, I find myself keenly aware that I got to this point through the help of others.  And that feels great.  Although I worked hard, I am so very lucky to have the great support of those that got me here. This time I splurged on an online coach, and Greg McMillan’s Andrew Lemoncello was perfect for me. He gave me a plan every month and was really helpful when things went well. He  was also great when things fell apart. I had one particularly wretched speed-workout on the West Side highway a few weeks ago. It was meant to be tempo intervals, but it turned into a series of stops in wretched porta-potties, with a turnaround into an early spring New York rain. That could do nothing to mask my tears. Andrew reminded me of earlier workouts that had gone well, that I needed...