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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    Easier than taking swimming lessons

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    I’m thinking hard about the fall.  Which is strange, because we’ve had only about a week of spring.  But I am thinking abou the fall.  And a fall marathon.  Because why not? I’ll tell you why not.  I’m feeling a little burned out.  I mean, I still think about running all the time.  I still… Read more »

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    What the hell was that?

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    I don’t want to bury the lede here.  I ran Boston in 3:19:13, which is both a personal record and a qualifying time for next year’s Boston.  So I should be very happy.  With nothing to complain about.  Maybe I could write a post about meeting our goals, about enjoying the crowd, loving the gift… Read more »

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    The Starting Line

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    We, as humans, all stress.  Some more than others.  Some of us hide it.  Some of us don’t.  I can’t imagine where I fall on that scale. We all have real things to stress about.  Money.  Relationships.  Health.  Why, then, do we choose to race?  Why would I, a person who is no stress-enthusiast, choose… Read more »

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    Working it in Phoenix

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    I’ve spent the last six days or so in sunny Phoenix, which has lead to some great runs.  I was lucky enough to be on a job that wasn’t as busy as some, and with some great people, so all in all, it was more conducive to training that I had any right to expect. I arrived… Read more »

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    Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon: Mantras and Mountains

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    It was the inaugural run of  Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon.  It’s my first time running a virgin race, and I was a little nervous about logistics and the course.  There was no elevation profile to obsess on, no lore of years gone by shared by other Taconics, no assurance that the porta potty count had been developed… Read more »

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    Tempo Confusion

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    I’m in Orlando, feeling guilty about missing yet another snow storm at home in New York.  That being said, and expecting no sympathy from anyone at home, I should mention that it’s too freakin’ hot down here.  Again, I can hear your groans.  But it was 83° at 6pm today.  Yesterday, it was even warmer…. Read more »

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    Recovery (not the 12 step kind)

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    Well, this weekend started off GREAT.  I set my alarm for 5:30am Saturday (Dear Diary:  running sucks), got up, and it was like 38°, which is a freakin’ heatwave based on the winter we’ve had.  I met a bunch of folks at the pumphouse for a 20 miler. It was a great group.  Caitlin, famous blogger and… Read more »

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    Boston Build Up 20k: good race, cold legs.

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    On Sunday, I ran the Boston Buildup 20k. This race, as the name might imply, is part of a series of races that are ostensibly for people training for Boston, but can be run by anyone. It’s a great series — this is only my second one, but I’m a big fan. I imagine there… Read more »

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    LSD in Las Vegas

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    Vegas doesn’t suck.  There is a lot of good stuff here — great people, good food.  But as I’ve written in the past, it’s not a great place to run.  That’s not even really true — I have a friend and colleague who lives here and has turned me on to some great places to… Read more »

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    RunningGreg’s Treadmill Technique

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    I’m in Detroit doing the fantastic autoshow.  For those of you who may not be aware, Detroit is very far west in the eastern time zone.  What does that mean, you may ask.  It means the freakin’ sun doesn’t come up until about 8am. I love running in the dark as much as the next… Read more »