Duel with the Sun

One of my favorite things about running is that it provides the opportunity to complain about everything. This year, my complaint was primarily about a sunny day. I think the high was 75° or so, which sounds fantastic. Who doesn’t like a sunny day. Lots of sun. No clouds. Plenty of sun. Zero shade.  Awesome. So me and… Read more »

Winning in Dallas

The countdown to Boston is counting down. I had a bit break from the stress yesterday – it wasn’t until I was actually winding down last night, about to go to sleep, that I thought to myself “wow, self, home much time till Boston?  TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY! Crap! I’m totally unprepared! It’s going to blow!”… Read more »

So do I just keep saying nice things about Las Vegas?

I’m back in Las Vegas. An occupational hazard, but I’m liking it more and more. I’m in my sixth or seventh week of Boston training and things are going pretty well. Not great, of course. I’ve had to cut a speed workout or two short, and I’ve developed a little foot pain and a fantastic… Read more »

Well, at least it was a PR.

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… Read more »

Bio Diversity: Summer in Las Vegas

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… Read more »

Ten Things I learned at the Boston Marathon 2015

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… Read more »

San Francisco: I get it now

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… Read more »

Long Run Red Rocks ROCKS

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… Read more »

Las Vegas: I’ve been doing it wrong

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… Read more »

  • Routes

    Miami Beach out and back; it could have been a lot worse!

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    Well, my job in Miami was just fine — no major stress, good people.  Couldn’t fit in a speed workout, and wound up doing the same out and back three times.  Normally that would be unremarkable, but this was a great out and back.  Pancake flat, starting on a boardwalk, then sidewalk (ok so it’s… Read more »

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    Long Run in the Rain

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    I think it was last Wednesday when I awoke to the radio announcer’s excitement: “Folks, we’ve got a HUGE storm coming this weekend. We are going to get DUMPED ON.” Realizing that I was planning to do a 20 miler, I wasn’t surprised. Bad weather and long runs. Like peanut butter and more peanut butter…. Read more »

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    First 20. More hills than I thought. Slower than I thought. Harder than I feared.

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    Ah, the 20 miler.  It’s a staple of marathon training.  I don’t know anyone who has done 26.2 without doing a few 20s weeks before. Because I ran a 25k last weekend, I’m actually a week late based on my Boston training, so I was anxious to get this one under my belt.  And man… Read more »

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    Boston Buildup 25k Race Report

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    There’s something about the metric system that seems so manageable to me.  Weekend warriors run a 5k, right?  A 10k is under an hour, right?  A 15k?  Well, that’s such a weird distance that no one can rattle off their PR in a 15k.  It’s less than a half marathon.  So that’s good. Last weekend,… Read more »

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    Tempo Interval Workout in Las Vegas

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    Once again, I find myself in Sin City for a project.  I’ve been out here in the desert for a week, now on the backend of a family vacation, and of course I’m loving the weather.  However, running here is a constant chore, at least close to the strip. Yesterday I was slated by McMillian… Read more »

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    Cruise intervals in Phoenix

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    I’ve spent the last few days in Phoenix, actually had an extra day as my flight was cancelled due to some sort of snow fall in New York.  I am not a lover of cold weather running, so it was great to have another day to be in shorts and a tee shirt. My job… Read more »

  • Routes

    Loop from Marriott Desert Ridge Villas / JW Marriott / Phoenix

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    Very happy, but wish it was a little longer, and that the first mile was a little quieter, but for what is obviously a heavily populated area it’s a good loop. Run from Marriott Canyon Villas / JW MarriottFind more Runs in Phoenix, Arizona

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    A New Low

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    It was 8° when I left the house today.  That fact pretty much framed the whole day — or at least until we could all forget about the whole 8° thing! Good long run with the Taconics today.  I’ve been traveling for the last several weeks, and have been running alone, so it was a… Read more »

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    Manhattan Half Marathon — Happy Winter

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    Had a great run yesterday at the Manhattan Half Marathon, which traditionally has been a race plagued by horrible weather.  Yesterday it was almost 40° at the start, with overcast skies but no rain.  It was great. I had been nervous about this race because it’s so early in my training for Boston; there’s still… Read more »

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    Avoiding Drunks, Whores, and Strollers: Long Run in Las Vegas

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    I’m in Las Vegas this week.  The weather is as good as it could be — highs in the mid 50s, lows in the 40s.  It’s been a nice change to the cold we’ve had in the east, as well as the slush and cold I suffered through in Detroit last week. I’m not a… Read more »