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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...

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...

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,...

Suck my BQ

on Sep 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

I wanted to run Boston.  The bombing last year made we want to want it even more.  I wasn’t the only one.   Even given the more difficult standards imposed, and the fact that I’ve aged into a new division, I missed it.  I missed it by 20 seconds. The hows and whys of the mechanics of qualifying for Boston and how they decided who got in and who didn’t are too obscure for me to detail (and they are described on the web, of course).  But I feel it was fair, and the people who did get in did run faster than I did. I’m bummed though.  There is nothing like Boston.  I’ve run it twice, and I was hoping to run it again. Part of running is admitting you’re trying.  That you’re setting a goal.  That you’re executing on a plan.  The emotional capital I invested means that it’s hard to just shrug off today.  But I am hardly alone, and there...

Portugal Day 5 Miler

on Jun 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  I’ve been working a traveling more than usual, and have found myself in Arkansas and Dallas.  Surprisingly, Arkansas had weather that was a lot better for running, a lot cooler. I was in Fayetteville, which is the home to a great running store as well as a pretty great network of trails.  I had a great time running there, even though I was busy and stressed out.  Dallas is also a great place to run, home to the Katy Trail, which is filled with some fast runners (and unfortunately some fast bikers).  It was hot in Dallas, super hot, really the only time to run was at like 6 in the morning, which is usually when I have to be at work.  So although I got in a lot of good runs, a lot of them were shorter than I’d like, and there was no way I could get in any speed work. That being said, I tried to do a tempo run on a treadmill.  Which...

Happiness is a long run. Ending at Mall.

on Apr 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s been a hard week to be a runner.  Or a human being, for that matter.  These fucking asshole terrorists have forever associated one of the greatest running events in the world with an act of cowardice without parallel.  That a few fans standing on the street should give their lives as they cheer on their friends and neighbors reminds us all of the value of the gift of life and how precious each and every one of us is.  It’s hard for me to be as articulate as I’d like about this, but I did read something great that really hit home.  Please check out Erin Gloria Ryan’s blog post.  This will be the first and last time I ever link to Jezabel. And now, for some running banter. I’m in Atlanta this week, and I arrived yesterday at 10:30am with nothing to do.  I’m staying across from the Galleria, which isn’t a mall, but rather a convention center,...