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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    Sole Sports Running Zone: Love it

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    I’m in Phoenix for the holidays (don’t hate me) and made a quick trip down to Sole Sports Running Zone in Tempe.  Just fantastic.  By our east coast standards, it’s freakin’ huge.  Lots of apparel, lots of shoes, but also a great staff of runners who seem to care deeply about the spot.  I can’t recommend… Read more »

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    The best laid plans

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    Very much a work in progress, but 16 weeks till Boston, more or less. This is what I’m thinking. It’s a blend of the McMillian plan I used last year with some stuff from Advanced Marathoning with some of my travel and races plugged in. I’m trying to do a tempo each week this year,… Read more »

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    And so it begins. Or: Counting down from 18.

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    I was at a dinner with a bunch of other runners the other night, and my friend Karen mentioned that it was only 18 weeks until Boston, and that her tried and true plan started at 18 weeks.  I, of course, spit out whatever food was in my mouth, yelled “CRAP!” at the top of… Read more »

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    NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K. A nice end to the year.

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    It was one of those race weekends.  You know the kind.  The kind where starting on Monday you become vaguely aware of the weather report.  Maybe you browse weather.com, wunderground.com, weather.yahoo.com, a few other hot spots.  A step outside in the morning, a quick survey of the temperature and we’re all meteorologists.  “It’s going to be cold.   It’s going… Read more »

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    Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger

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    I live in Croton-on-Hudson, a hilly town.  I’m sure there are towns around here with more hills.  But we’ve got some good ones.  And the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger manages to hit two of the worst!  This was the 30th running of this course, and my 2nd time through.  I had run it as… Read more »

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    Running Vs Biking

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    It’s pathetic how much this video made me laugh.

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    Dutchess County Classic Half Marathon

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    Ug. I had high expectations for today’s race, the Dutchess County Classic Half Marathon.  I’ve had a good couple of weeks of running, and although I’ve been traveling, I’ve managed to squeeze in few quick speed workouts (meaning the workouts were short in length, not that they were especially fast!).  My performance did not match my expectations,… Read more »

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    NYRR Club Championships: 5 summer miles.

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    No complaints today.  It’s a new thing for me.  But I had a good race yesterday, at the NYRR Club Championships.  Although I’ve never run this race before, I do have a bit of a history with it. Three years ago, I had just started doing long runs with the Taconics.  I was running with… Read more »

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    Summer Racing

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    Kind of a mixed couple of weeks.  It’s been hot as hot can be in the Greater New York area, and my running has suffered. Last weekend, I ran in the Race for Central Park, a NYRR 4 miler.  It was hot — not as bad as some other races run this weekend, but the… Read more »

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    Holding on is the new letting go

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    Ah, July 4th.  The heat.  The kids off from school.  The strained air conditioners.  The sleeping cats.  The sweaty cheese.  The road races. Ah, yes, the road races.  Today I ran the Putnam County Classic, my first time running this Taconic event.  It’s an eight mile course, and man are there some freakin’ hills there… Read more »