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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    Blood (a little), Sweat (a lot) and Tears (inside only)

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    Ran the fairfield half marathon Sunday.  Well, I ran most of it.  I took a little walk break for about 30 seconds there, but more about that later. I had a great debate about what shoes to wear for this race — my older regular training shoes or my racing flats.  I even blogged about… Read more »

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    Breaking up is hard to do. Fearing change. And Blisters.

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    Recent running conversation with my friend (tall) Bill: Me:  Man, I got a blister. Bill:  Yeah, that sucks. Me:  I don’t know what to do about it. Bill:  Well, you wanna be careful to not be a big baby about it.   I’ve been running in the Asics Gel Nimbus for about three years now, and… Read more »

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    Good Greif

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    Had a pretty good race on Sunday, doing NYRR’s Father’s Day Race, which due to sponsorship funding has been branded the Portugal Day Race. By “pretty good race” I mean I didn’t drop dead or crap myself.  Other than that, it was kind of a mess. I ran this race last year — it’s a 5 miler,… Read more »

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    Healthy Kidney 10k 2012 May 12, 2012

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    About 20 years ago, I was in Las Vegas with an evil mentor.  This was a guy with some real talent but a consistent ability to make questionable lifestyle choices which would push him to the brink of financial ruin.  Any decision he made was almost certainly the wrong one.  He’d pass credit cards to sales… Read more »

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    Scotland 10k. 35 Seconds of Pain.

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    It’s been a long cold winter.  Well, not really.  It was a short, warm winter.  Great conditions for running.  For cross training.   Well, I guess I ran.  I did go to the gym a few times.  I have seen my bike.  It’s still in the garage where I put it last fall.  Everything is… Read more »

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    Managed Expecations

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    Yesterday, I ran the Boston Buildup 20k. This race is part of a great series of races, run about every other week during the weeks leading up to the Boston Marathon. The courses all seem to be challenging and hilly, and the distances get progressively longer. I had run the 20k last year, which was… Read more »

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    Heat Wave

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    Nice warm day on Sunday, so it was off to the races! It was the NYRR Join the Voices 5 Miler in Central Park for me.  And it turned out to be a good day. I don’t think I can oversell the weather.  It was 44° at the start according to the race results, but… Read more »

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    Flat my ass

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    I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I pulled my hamstring last summer.  Since then, I’ve been taking it easy, cycling, etc.  This last week I got hit by a car.  Not to make anything too easy, I went to the track on Thursday (car was Tuesday) and felt like absolute crap.  Tried to… Read more »

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    No souvenirs please

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    I was in the city doing a project and managed to sneak out of work around 9am to go for a run.  By “sneak out” I mean leave work after telling everyone, my client, my co-workers, the cleaners, everyone, that I was leaving.  I feel so guilty about sneaking out that I am about the worst… Read more »

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    The long haul

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    It’s one of those fall days where it’s good to be a runner.  Heading out for a long run today, it felt almost cold.  I debated wearing compression sleeves  or gloves or a hat.  But after careful consideration (read:  no consideration) I decided that I was going to warm up as I ran.  As I always do.  As… Read more »