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Ultra-midlife crisis redux, the next 50-miler, and again, ‘why run?’

I put off signing up for the next race for a long time, until I was deep into what should have been the training cycle, especially if the next race was going to be a fifty miler. I held onto a baseline of marathon fitness and mental well being, running…

Three tactics for getting up early to run

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…

Do You Need Carbs To Run Fast? Concluding The Experiment, Sort Of

Common wisdom says you need copious amounts of carbohydrate to run your best, but who doesn’t love challenging common wisdom once in a while? After reading the Art & Science  of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Volek and Phinney last year, and following the work of Dr. Timothy Noakes, who was kind enough to give…

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Meb’s Boston Training Schedule – 9-Day Cycles Make Sense for Older Runners

I was thrilled to arrive at the finish line at Boston this year to hear that Meb Keflezighi had won. It was a great cap to an emotional day. This piece for Runner’s World highlights aspects of his training plan, well worth reading, in particular the training cycle, which I…

Boston Marathon Recap, Diet and Injury Notes, Next Steps

It’s been a few weeks since Boston, and after whacking the race video footage I shot with my friend Bob’s Google Glass into a 15-minute course video, I’ve been working, traveling, taking the kids to track practice, and otherwise not thinking much about running – other than when taking some nice…

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Marathon simulator run, 17 miles, 2:02:44

Marathon simulator run, 17 miles, 2:02:44. Usually I’d do this five weeks out, but since I had to compress my training plan to 12 weeks this time around here it is, two weeks and a day from Boston. Now to taper hard from here until race day and try and…

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12 workouts until Boston, a brief assessment of the season’s training

Here we are, fewer than three weeks until Boston 2014. I haven’t had much time to write, but I have been logging runs assiduously and will be able to share any useful details after the fact. In the meantime, here’s a quick update on the two primary experiments/tests of this…

A San Francisco Run

Work took me to San Francisco last week, and on Thursday morning, well before sunup, I set out for a lovely 13 miler. After the winter we’ve had here in New England, a slightly clammy but not too breezy 66F felt like liberation – a shorts-and-singlet run that led me…

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New Balance 880 V3 Review – Smooth Ride and Finally Wide Enough!

I’d had folks suggest New Balance shoes to me for a while as a way to deal with the Morton’s neuroma in my right foot. That condition (you can read my post here for details on treatment) provided nearly a year of pretty significant pain. It’s finally clearing up with…

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Unexpected Result of Carb Refeed – Real Running Finally?

Enjoyed the 180-degree alter-ego of Saturday’s long run debacle. You know, the one that prompted my, “I’m tired of this; I’m quitting running marathons,” post.  (Not to say I’m not eventually quitting marathons, but dang it, I’m going to run this one, and stay upbeat about it. It’s Boston, and…