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Heavy Medal Christmas Tree

Struggling to figure out how to display all those race medals (assuming your spouse prefers you don’t hang them in the kitchen)? I was cleaning the basement this afternoon and got side-“tracked” with marathon race medal organizing and an old artificial tree we had in the closet. Made a heavy…

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Jerome and Treadmill: A Modern Victorian Yuletide Horror

As Christmas Eve approaches, I’m republishing here a tale about distance running, monsters, debt, and self-sacrifice. For those of you who run around New Hampshire and think there’s something familiar about the leader of the little club of marathon-running supernatural detectives who meet at McGill’s, perhaps he was an inspired creation. Merry Christmas!

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Three tactics for getting out of bed to run in the morning

I am not by nature a super early riser, or a morning runner. For many of my marathon running years, I got up just in time to breakfast, shower and get to work, and not a minute earlier. I ground out my midweek long runs at night, starting after we…

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Om Malik on the Future of the Cloud

Om Malik writing in Fast Company provides an optimistic look at the future of cloud computing. “If the growth so far is astonishing, the big boom is yet to come, driven by the increasing presence of sensors in our world, including next-generation weather monitoring systems and cars such as the…

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Three productivity tips that trump the rest

In this video a couple of Fast Company editors chat about their productivity issue, and why productivity is such a hot topic right now. Leadership editor Kathleen Davis says this speaks to something great about human nature, “that we always want to be a better version of ourselves.[…] People are…

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Why singing is good for you, even if you think you’re bad at it

Apologies to our neighbors, but all that singing is medicinal. I can’t begin to count the number of people over the years who’ve told me they can’t sing, or have no talent for musical instruments. Pish. It doesn’t matter whether you’re gifted. Even if you think you’re terrible at music,…

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The End of a Streak; Belated Manchester *HALF* Marathon Race And Season Notes

It’s fitting that I’m getting around to jotting a few notes on this race almost a week after the fact. The whole thing ended up being a bit nonchalant, given it was my main race of the season and the focus of 18 weeks of training. Note that it’s a half…

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Wonderful time pacing a group at Baystate Marathon this morning

There is nothing quite so gratifying as helping to guide people to a PR or some other personal running success. I think I actually like this better than racing these days!

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A Few Good Runs In Manchester, New Hampshire

So a question popped up on Twitter recently – could anyone recommend a few good, safe runs in Manchester, NH – 3-6 miles, hills okay. Having spent the last seven years running endless miles around my adopted home city, I’ve got favorites at all distances, and a true booster’s spirit…