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Running Makes You Smarter!

According to the latest issue of Wired, which has a big feature about things that boost brainpower (and those things that supposedly do so but don't, such as eating fish, listening to Mozart), "aerobic exercise builds gray and white matter in the brains of older adults."  Studies also "found that…

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Me and Lance Armstrong Running Together

I reviewed this interval training mix for Blogcritics last weekend, figured I'd post it here as well. The cool thing is; even since that time I've continued to shave significant time off my best speed during intervals.  Now I'm sure some of it's the natural progression of the training, but…

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Night Run

I usually run in the morning, sometimes during my lunch break at work, but a strange confluence of scheduling issues found me lacing up my sneakers last night after I'd finished stories with the kids and they were tucked in and asleep. I put on the brightest, shiniest yellow shirt…

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Lessons Learned, Fun Had At (belated) Saint Patrick’s Day Race In Holyoke

The 33rd annual Saint Patrick's Day race in Holyoke went off on a cold, cold, windy, Saturday March 29, 2008, and among the almost 3,000 runners were my sister Ana and me. Kristen and the kids, as well as my other sister Cat and her husband, their kids and my…

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On Running the Half at the Hamptons

Yesterday (Feb. 10, 2008) was the Half at the Hamptons half marathon in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. I went out to run it and Kris and the kids came to cheer me on (and to play on the snowy beach, eat pizza and swim in the heated pool at the…