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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...

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...