Setting Out For The Beach

Ready for this year’s Reach the Beach! Team ultra midlife crisis hits the road at 3 pm. Very much looking forward to running all night; the mad delirium, the camaraderie, the physical intensity and eventually exhaustion that’s somehow like prayer, and the stars as bright as you will ever see…

Face In the wall

On Writing, Running, Shame and Authenticity

I didn’t run the 50 miler I’d signed up for in May. Life got complicated, and I re-prioritized all kinds of stuff. Running too. But in deciding not to run the race, not to keep training for the race, I got a chance to think a good deal more about…

RunLogic fitness watch satire

Wearable tech: Running watch that leverages your self-loathing

Finally a running app that taps into the inner demons that drive every runner – and makes you feel worse about yourself so you train harder. Nice, sign me up!!! Check out the video – says it all.

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…

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…

It’s All About My Race, Not The Race: Do Runners Care Who Wins?

Distance running is wonderful sport in part because the races are so egalitarian: the back-of-the-packers are literally competing in the same event as the world champions. You pay your fee, enter the race and run – albeit usually far, far behind – the elite runners. But it’s worth chewing over the…

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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My Forrest Gump Moment

Remember that scene where Forrest reevaluates his relationship with running? I am not having *fun* with marathon training this time around; the comeback period to get race-ready for April, following this injury, is too accelerated. But more than that, as I’ve been grinding out the miles this time around, I’m…

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New Rules For Buses, Start Line, 2014 Boston Marathon

Ernesto Burden‏@ernestoburden New for 2014 #bostonmarathon: nobody can pick up your bib for you, no bags on buses, no Camelbaks, costumes, props. http://ow.ly/u2Ogs 

Victorian treadmill

My Friend Tim’s Survival Guide to Treadmill Running

Now that we’re back in the polar vortex, seems timely to share a link to a new post at my friend Tim’s site, Outdoors New Hampshire. He’s penned a handy survival guide to treadmill running.  He’s got some good ideas on making the workout equate to a road workout as…