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…

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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…

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.

Quick-Start Primer for a Low-Carb Diet

If you’re thinking about trying a low-carb for weight-loss, here’s a post that will get you started right now. I’ve been eating primarily low-carb (with targeted exceptions for intense running training periods) for more than a year this time around, and find myself at the leanest I’ve ever been, even while…

Runners by Ernesto Burden

A Game of Roads: A Song of Ice And Runners

How routes get chosen for a group run, and what happens when they don’t. It’s 7:45 on a crisp, sunny, 15 degree January morning in New Hampshire. There are about a dozen middle aged men in black winter running tights, windbreakers advertising various marathons they have run (Boston heavily represented),…

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…

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!

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…

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…