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Well, at least it was a PR.

on Sep 13, 2015 in Race Report

I’m just now back from running the 5th Avenue Mile, which is a race the New York Road Runners have been doing since 1982.  It’s a great run from 79th street to 59th street, right along 5th avenue (kinda all there in the name).  There’s prize money and a professional field, so turnout for this race is understandably high. I’ve never raced a mile before, so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I knew I had to push it hard, and we got some great advice on the Taconic site from our coach, which basically comes down to take it easy for the first 400, then open it up.  At least that’s what I took from it. Getting to the city was pretty stressful — the one major endurance event that happens in my hometown is the Toughman Triathlon, which by all accounts is a great great race.  It causes a few road closures though, so I started out early and headed...

Bio Diversity: Summer in Las Vegas

on Jul 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Back in Vegas, baby! I am lucky enough to have two jobs — in a row — in Las Vegas.  And, it being July, it is hot as hot can be out there.  I’ve been getting out most mornings, when it is a very nice 70° or so, but by the evening it’s well over 100°.  I’ve been hitting the treadmill in the evening, which has been fine, as I’m watching The Good Wife, which it turns out isn’t a chick-flick at all.  It’s like Law and Order but with better eyebrows. But I knew I needed more, and thought about spinning.  I’ve been to tons of spin classes at my local gyms, but never to a stand-alone studio.  I was thinking this would be a good chance to go to a Soul Cycle.  I’d heard the hype.  Why not try it where no one could ever see me?  Well, it didn’t quite work out how I thought it would. First of all, there are no Soul Cycle in Las...

Ten Things I learned at the Boston Marathon 2015

on Apr 26, 2015 in Race Report

Ten Things I learned at the Boston Marathon 2015 I know it comes as a great surprise, but I spend a great deal of time on the Internet. And one thing that I’ve noticed that’s become increasingly popular is the use of listicle, which aren’t really articles, they’re just lists. You know, like Buzzfeed. Everyone loves the Buzzfeed. No? Anyway, moving on. So let’s see what’s so appealing about these listicles (spoiler alert: easier to write). Here’s what I learned in Boston this year. 1.  Stress Doesn’t Help For the first time, I wasn’t stressed out of my mind until the a few days before the race. In fact, for a little while, I thought I had the whole stress thing mastered, and maybe – just maybe – I could get to the starting line without questioning my value as a human being. I, of course, can’t keep my mouth shut, so I told everyone how little stress I was feeling. My friend John – a...

San Francisco: I get it now

on Mar 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

In the mid 90s, I watched my first episode of ER.  Everyone else in the world had watched it before me.  But for some reason, I missed it.  I didn’t know what the big fuss was.  Then I saw it.  There was action.  Smart doctors, attractive people, heroic, lifesaving measures.  After ten minutes, I got it.  I thought to myself “self, this show is great.  I know why everyone loves it.” That’s the way I now feel about San Francisco.  I had a killer 20 mile run yesterday where I had hills, a iconic bridge, city streets, running paths, two or three beaches, and an amazing opportunity to shoot some pictures. I started out hoping to do 22 miles, and was thrilled to be joined by Robyn and (another) Greg.  They had an unhealthy desire to be at work on time, so they ran with me for 45 minutes or so.  During which time I managed to trip over a curb (it was dark), and...

Long Run Red Rocks ROCKS

on Mar 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Whoa.  Way too long since my last post.  Here’s what’s going on:  Boston training in full swing.  Feel sluggish all the time, except when I don’t.  Then I feel like a gazelle.  Which is a good feeling.  It’s weird when I flap my wings as I run down suburban streets, but these things happen. I am back in Las Vegas and had a pretty great run today — and really the point of this post is to upload some pictures because I ran with my phone.  That’s always a tough debate for me… other than not always having a place to put my phone there are some pros and cons.  Pros: It’s great to be able to take picture,  listen to rocking tunes, interesting podcasts and be vaguely aware that I could make a call if I had to.  Cons:  phone rings.  you’re on a run.  What do you do?  Answer it.  Spoiler alert: you’re an asshole.  No one wants to talk...

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...