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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...

Runway Models

on Apr 8, 2014 in Race Report

I’m back in Phoenix, a place I love.  Mostly because of the running.  Sunny.  Flat.  I guess it can get hot.  But for now, after the winter we’ve had in New York, I am thrilled to to be here.  My Phoenix running BFF Terri (from whom you should buy a house) found a race for me to run.  Which is great.  Because what’s better than racing when you’re out of town?  Nothing! Run the Runway takes place at the  Scottsdale airport.  On a runway. I was a little concerned about many things.  First, and foremost, was how freaking boring the course was going to be.  Although in a perfect would I could entertain myself with the voices in my head, I do like a little scenery.  Maybe a hill or two.  OK, no hills.  Well, downhills. Terri also pointed out that there would be zero shade.  And that last year it was very very hot.  Hot.  No shade. The race is unique —...

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon 2014

on Mar 22, 2014 in Race Report

Training has been going well — I’ve been very happy with some of my speed workouts, I’ve gotten a long run or two in, but I’ve not raced since a badly measured 5k over a month ago.  I was anxious to see how I was going to do in a longer race, and what better opportunity than a relentless half marathon. I ran the inaugural year of the Sleepy Hollow half marathon in 2011.  I did pretty well — heck, I think it was my PR at the time.  This is a notorious course, there’s a rumor that Jim Gerweck, race director of the never-flat Boston Build Up series designed it.  I’m not quite sure how I ran it well three years ago, but the fact that I had a good time under my belt made today’s race more intimidating that I would have liked. My pre-race stress was based on having a shitty day and then realizing my fitness was off and then becoming so...

Day off: Training Starts now

on Feb 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

I love running. Really. Hauling my ass out of bed in the middle of the night to dodge traffic in a strange city  whose design seemingly includes no concern for pedestrian traffic flow generally or my life specifically  Dream come true. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to get up. Maybe it’s dark and cold and rainy and I’m tired and the bed is comfortable and I don’t want to run and I ran yesterday and I’ll run tomorrow extra long and sleep is important and I am a much better sleeper than I am a runner. Really, it’s a constant battle between RunningGreg and SleepingGreg. Or xBox Greg. Or Netflix Greg. There are many Gregs. One of the things that helps keep SleepingGreg at bay is having a plan.  And one of the things that guarantees a plan is running a marathon.  I’ve got one coming up.  And now I have a plan. Really, it’s not that far of a leap. I’m running the Run for the Red Marathon...

Coming up short

on Jan 18, 2014 in Race Report

As well as plenty of time in Las Vegas, I seem to find myself in Orlando, and it’s hard to complain about being here in January.  This year especially, the weather has been great, and I’m lucky enough to get out and run in it more than I deserve. After my disappointing run on New Year’s day, I was thrilled to find a 5k to run here.  I figured I could sneak in a race, and if it went well, I could tell my friends.  And if it went poorly, I could just keep it to myself.  A friend Michelle found a 5k in the lovely town of Mineola which was someplace I’ve never been.  My friend and colleague Clinton had never raced before, so it was awesome to bring someone along who was going to PR no matter what.  We headed out to make the best of the race. It was pretty clear right from the outset that this race was super informal.  I noticed when we registered they handed out...

Happy New Year

on Jan 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

One thing that is making me even more nuts than usual is when someone says something horrible and then puts “happy new year” on the end of it.  Like “hey, wow, we didn’t tell you?  You’re not doing that gig.  Happy New Year!”  or “Your hotel room won’t be ready for three hours.  Happy New Year!”  or “I really had a shitty race.  Happy New Year!” I’ve been coming to Phoenix for years. I have family there, and honestly I think it’s a great place. I’m sure it’s a great place for a lot of things, but it’s an awesome place for running. For example, it’s really flat. Also, in the winter, the weather is outstanding (I understand that’s not the case in the summer. But let’s ignore that.). And there are great places to run. Like the Arizona Canal, which is a packed dirt trail next to water that goes seemingly forever. Sure,...