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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    Different

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    Most runs are the same.  Same route.  Same pace.  Same running buddies.  Same hills.  Same issues.  Same persistent injury. Of late, I’ve had very little of the same.  Since pulling my hamstring a little over the month ago, it I would love a little sameness — but I’ve been doing different things to try to… Read more »

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    A little bit faster now.

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    This is my 3rd pain free run.  3 miles today.  Slowly.  I feel better, but a little pain at the end. I’m taking it easy.  I promise.

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    Living the Dream

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    Last night I had a dream about running.  Listen, with the amount of ambien I take dreams are pretty rare in and of themselves, but a dream about running, that’s a real treat.  I dreamed, Dr. Freud, that I was running pain free, fast, through a trail.  And then there was a bright light.  And… Read more »

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    Feel my pain

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    Oh man. I’m on vacation these two weeks, on Long Island where everything is flat.  Well, not totally flat.  But compared to Westchester, it’s like a pancake here.  I’ve been looking forward to running and biking, thinking I could make up for some quality runs lost this summer. It’s been a busy couple of months… Read more »

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    Watch. This. Video.

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    My friend and colleague Nicole sent me this video. And it is freakin’ AWESOME.

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    Fear and Loathing and the 5k

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    When I was just starting running, I heard anecdotally that the 5k was a magic distance.  We all start running a little, walking a lot, then running a little more, then eating a sandwich, then running more. Once we can run three miles, the conventional wisdom goes, it all starts to come together, and we’re more comfortable conquering longer distances…. Read more »

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    What’s 17 Seconds Among Friends?

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    I ran the Putnam County Classic 8 miler yesterday, a race I ran last year.  A great race that I’d highly recommend — it’s a challenging distance and a tough course, but we had well over 300 runners. I was drafted into MCing the awards, which wasn’t awkward as I placed 4th in my division so I didn’t… Read more »

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    Winter Running

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    Just did a short job in Buenos Aires. Where it’s winter.  It gets dark early.  People walk down the street bundled up in scarfs and thick jackets.  The other runners I saw were all in tights and compression sleeves.   People huddle together against the cold while waiting for the bus. It was 50°. So anyway, it was… Read more »

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    So much for recovery

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    Took the day off from the track today cause I’m feeling some hamstring pain from the race on Sunday. Decided to take it easy. Maybe run a quiet 7 miles. Catch up on some podcasts. Break in a new pair of shoes. Instead, I ran into super runner and fellow Croton dad Tim Robinson at… Read more »

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    NYRR Portugal Day 5 miler: Wardrobe Malfuction

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    I’m a geek.  And a runner.  And a running geek.  This manifests itself in many ways.  I love to read a good training plan.  My running clothes look like they were picked out each moment by someone who is visually impaired.  I’m scared of new people.  And, of course, I wear a GPS.  Which I look at constantly…. Read more »