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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…

On the road again, and a 12-week training plan for Boston

A sunny, breezy, 20F (-6C) morning here in Manchester, New Hampshire, to tackle what I consider my first official Boston training run, and my first run outdoors since the Stone Cat 50 miler on Nov. 2, 2013. I’ll take the occasion to share what I hope is workable 12-week training…

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Longest Running Break Ever, Intentional But Extended, And A Relief

I am taking a running break between seasons. I am glad to finally have given myself “permission” to do this. If you haven’t had one in a while, it’s worth exploring. It’s been a little more than three weeks and I’ve only run a couple of times. The first two…

The Next Experiment: Low-Carb Endurance Training

Well, the Stone Cat 50 Miler is behind me and I’m eight days into a solid stretch of recovery. No running for two weeks, just cycling and core workouts. Then light running and cross training for a while until it’s time to start training for Boston. It’ll be an exciting,…

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A Wonderful Experience In My First “Official” Pacer Role

Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon¬†– 3:29:23 – I had an amazing, inspiring time volunteering on behalf of our running club, Athletic Alliance, and leading the 3:30 pace group for the Baystate Marathon. Being a part of so many cool people’s great accomplishments, PRs and BQs, was an honor, and I…

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Stonecat 50 Training Run: Lifetime Longest Time, Distance

Cross post from my DailyMile log. This was a bit of a milestone. Stonecat 50 training run. Easy-pace 50K (31.1 miler). Longest run, lifetime, both in terms of distance (prior was about 26.5) and time (longest time ever on my feet running was last month, when I ran a marathon-distance…

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Should You Experiment With Running Shoe Sizes? Well, Yeah. And a Podcast Recommendation

I have worn the same size running shoes forever, since as long as I’ve bought grownup running shoes, despite the make or model of the shoe, or what kind of event I was wearing them for. Well no more. Tomorrow morning I am going out the door in a new…

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Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall: Run In It

Last week was our annual family vacation and we spent a chunk of it tenting in Franconia Notch, and like all our family camping trips, it rained about half the time. The first, chilly, rain-pelting morning, we ate a damp breakfast at the campsite and then I changed into a…

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Twin Lights Half Marathon, Spring Season Recap

Ran the Twin Lights Half Marathon on Saturday morning, and while it was hillier than I expected, and I missed my per-mile-pace goal (6:30), I was pretty happy with a 54 second PR and 7th place overall finish, 1st in division. First note? Free pictures! All the pics the race…

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Training notes: Shamrock Shuffle is first race of the season, an unexpected,unlikely PR

Saturday, Saint Patrick’s Day, was the first race of the season for me – the Shamrock Shuffle out in Lebanon, an NH Grand Prix series run. I ran 18:39 (:5:59 pace) on this slightly rolling course. A couple of decent little climbs in there, especially the one in the first…