Posts Tagged ‘Marathon’

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Boston On My Mind

April 17, 2013

The 117th Boston Marathon will be remembered by runners and non-runners alike. Those who have run it, those who know people who have run it, those who have watched it, and those who had never heard about it until they saw the news, will all have their own memories of April 15, 2013.

As for me, part of my heart is always in Boston. I went to college in Boston. I met my wife in Boston. Many of my best friends and countless memories are in Beantown. I learned how to become a serious runner in Boston. I ran the Boston Marathon with a fundraising number, and my goal ever since has been to return as a qualifier.

It felt very weird that day for the obvious reasons. But it was also surreal because I only missed qualifying for Boston by 6 seconds. While a lot has crossed my mind since that day in Philly, this was never something on that radar. There was comfort in the fact that everyone I knew running and their loved ones were safe, but only for a moment as I watched the news updates. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy. Read the rest of this entry ?

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XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series

February 27, 2013

Some people prefer to pound the pavement while others prefer to watch reality television as they kick through miles on the treadmill. There is yet another group that includes those who skip off to the far reaches of nature to find even the smallest piece of passable off-road terrain. For trail runners, most any path will do. Trail running can be simultaneously peaceful and exhilarating. There is something to say for the quiet rhythm of feet crunching leaves, jostling pebbles, or sloshing through mud.

Until now, my racing choice has remained predictable: train on roads and trails, race on the blacktop. Not anymore. This year, I test out my trail chops. More specifically, I am participating in the XTERRA: Atlantic Trail Run Series, which includes distances from 5k up to a full marathon. This inaugural series is being put on by Adventure Geek Productions, a group dedicated to community and “the opportunity to come together, achieve fitness goals, and have FUN!” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Marathon Time, Philly Style

December 10, 2012

After weeks of long runs, hill repeats, and interval training, the Philadelphia Marathon had finally arrived. The mental anguish from tapering was finally wearing itself thin, and I felt ready to run. My wife and I arrived in Philly mid-Saturday afternoon and headed straight for the expo. As if the buildup over the past few weeks was not enough, my entrance into the expansive, yet crowded, convention center really drove through the fact that I was there to run a big race. Goosebumps crawled up my arms as I grasped the bib number and safety pins which would soon adhere to the front of my racing singlet.

Philly bib

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NF Endurance and the Philly Marathon

November 14, 2012

On November 18, I will be running the Philadelphia Marathon, roughly eight months after my last marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll USA. I am excited. I am nervous. I am also proud. Proud because I will be running as part of the NF Endurance team and helping to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Running Is A Gift

October 22, 2012
“On a run, you can find yourself.
In a run, you can lose yourself.
Either way, running is bliss.”
-P. Mark Taylor

There are shelves of books available about running. You can find autobiographies by elite runners detailing their quests for greatness. Then there are instructional books written by seasoned coaches on the best ways to train for certain distances. Still, there are others penned by writers who are also runners and have their own story to tell. Each category has a plethora of inspiration and sound advice. What is harder to find amidst this corpus of literature are books by the everyman or everywoman runner. Enter Dr. P. Mark Taylor and The Gift of Running: a book for runners & future runners.
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Glide On, Pain Off

August 20, 2012

My nipple danger zone is around five miles. It is like sitting in the splash area at a Sea World show. There is a slim chance you won’t get wet, but that is very unlikely. For me, as I approach that five mile mark, or the 35-40 minute range, the chances of a certain repetitive motion ailment increase drastically. Not including musculo-skeletal injuries, chafing is one of the most painful things that can happen during a run. More so than a twisted ankle or pulled hamstring, chafus maximus is very much avoidable. But what is the magical cure to such ails? This runner unequivocally says the answer is Body Glide.

Body Glide: anti-chafe (miracle) balm

Now if this were a serious science experiment, I would also test and evaluate at least one competing alternative. It is always important to experiment in running to see what works best—sneakers, shorts, socks, etc. On the other hand, we runners also tend to stick to one thing once we find a product, workout, or route that works well. Body Glide has been immensely effective, and I do not intend to take my chances elsewhere. The biggest other option for the chafing problem is Vaseline. I keep ChapStick on hand for my lips, and Body Glide for any other potentially chafed areas. With apologies to its supporters, I just find Vaseline unappealing.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon (Part Two)

April 15, 2012

This is a continuation of the previous post, Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon (Part One).

The comeback

Somewhere while walking that 19th mile in Anacostia Park, I caught up to a guy who was literally dragging his right leg behind him. He told me that he heard a pop in his hamstring two weeks prior to the race, but wanted to try it anyway. The injury caught up to him faster than he could make it to the finish line. Nevertheless, he was determined to try and walk it out to the end. We chatted for a while until he decided that he needed to check out of the race at the approaching medical tent. Further on I trudged for another few hundred yards. Read the rest of this entry ?

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