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 »

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    Pleasant Surprise

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    A couple of months ago, I ran the Philly marathon.  I was happy with my run there.  But all my races leading up to Philly kind of blew.  I really did only once race once I started training, and it was a half marathon in which I proved that flying back from Singapore and running… Read more »

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    The City of Brotherly Pace Teams

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    Part I:  Expo Revelation The first rule of marathoning is don’t do anything new on race day.  Don’t try a new gadget to massage your muscles or modify your nutrition.  Not that anyone would, but don’t modify your stride or try a new kind of shoe.  These rules are set in stone and are non-negotiable. Have… Read more »

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    Tapering Sucks

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    When training for my first maraton, in 2008, I found myself in a love/hate relationship with my training plan.  I loved having some direction in my life — ok, in my running life — but I hated feeling like I had to run.  Running was something I liked, but I liked it on my terms…. Read more »

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    That’s more like it

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    I feel great guilt about being away from home during hurricane Sandy.  I hesitate to post about by run, which was great.  But it was filled with great guilt.  So I put off posting about it.  Because that’s totally mature. I had a good run.  Churned out 22 miles here — where it was sunny… Read more »

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    Mind Games

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    I’m back from my trip to Singapore.  I did sleep on the plane, watched some movie about aliens or maybe it was Woody Allen, really it was hard to tell.  That being said, even though I slept, I am as jetlagged as ever, and feel as if day is night and night is day.  Literally…. Read more »

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    It can’t all be good

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    Remember a few years back when everyone was saying “It’s all good?”  People would say it to anything. “Mike, how was that trip to see your mom?” “It’s all good.” “Oh, I thought I heard she was in the hospital?” “It’s all good.” “I thought she regained consciousness for a moment only tell you she was ashamed… Read more »

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    The paper of record nails it.

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      I do love the New York Times.  I mean, I’m a freaking tree hugger anyway, so I need to read the editorial page daily so I know what to think about all political and social issues.  Today, they ran a piece by Amby Burfood and George A Hirsch which I feel is a home run… Read more »

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    Vegas and Slow Races

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    I often find myself in Las Vegas. And I often blog about my trips to Vegas with the same basic formula.  I note that I’ve been in or am in Vegas.  I bitch about how bad the running is in Las Vegas.  I bitch about my job, usually praising the people I work with but… Read more »

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    Who doesn’t like a cheese steak?

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    I have signed up for Philly!  I’ll be running the marathon on November 18, which is 16 weeks from yesterday.  So today is my first day training! Once again, I’ve signed up for a custom training plan with McMillian Running.  I used a McMillian plan for Boston in 2010, and kind of recrafted it again… Read more »

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    It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. And the crappy race times.

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    Ah, summer.  What a great time to run.  If you’re in San Francisco.  Here, it’s hot and humid.  Like a toilet.  With hills. On the 4th, I ran the Putnam County Classic, a 8 mile run that I’ve enjoyed doing both last year and the year before.  I am sorry to report that I’ve been… Read more »