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My 30 for 30

February 13, 2014

There was no finish line, only a number on my watch. Nobody draped race foil over my shoulders to help maintain body warmth. Police did not block off a single road closed for this jaunt. The run had no set date, time, or even location. It was nothing but a solitary training run. The only mark was distance.

So on a random winter Saturday I ran 30 miles for my 30th birthday.

Ask me if it was fun… it hurt a lot. I walked some. Ask me again if it was fun… you better believe I loved every second of it. That’s how a lot of running goes. One step can bring anguish or a frighteningly tight calf muscle. Yet the next footfall has potential to reignite a burst of energy and propel you forward. Don’t get me wrong though, it was painful. I was woefully under-trained and maddeningly over-inspired. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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In the “PR Spotlight”!

January 30, 2013

One of the first running blogs I started reading when I discovered the online community of runners was Michele’s NYC Running Mama – she is down-to-earth, roots for the Yankees and (New York football) Giants, served our country, and is also really fast. The blog has a ton of great content about training, racing, mom-ing, and everything in between. Recently, she started a clever series called “PR Spotlight,” which would highlight and interview runners who had recently set a personal best. In recognition that we are all always learning, Michele is likely to feature a very diverse crowd, one in which I am now honored and humbled to be included.

My hope in doing this is to further enrich the dialogue and learning opportunities both on this blog and over on NYC Running Mama. In the feature, I share some of my running history and training tips that have worked thus far. My own PR at Philly is a good starting point for many of these conversations, but the goal is always to keep things as open as possible. Of course, please comment there to show support for Michele’s blog and my interview. If you feel so moved, come back here and leave a message or ask any questions you may have after reading the spotlight.

A huge thank you to Michele for including me. Now get on over and check it out!

http://www.nycrunningmama.com/2013/01/30/pr-spotlight-steve-l/

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Thanks, Brooks!

January 21, 2013

Back in the fall, Brooks (@brooksrunning) put out a call on Twitter for any of its followers to contact them for a special surprise gift. With their sneakers sitting next to me, I decided to answer and see what was in store. A representative responded in short order and explained that they simply wanted to show gratitude to some of their many fans. They did not ask for proof that I already owned any of their products, nor did I promise to buy anything further. Less than two weeks later, a package showed up at my doorstep with some nice goodies! It included a water pouch, wristband, sticker, and a friendly note. In these days of huge businesses with horribly frustrating customer service and public interactivity, this was a very welcomed gesture. The “stuff” is nice, but the effort itself is far more appreciated. It is quite heartening to see Brooks, along with many other sneaker companies,  trending in this direction.

The Brooks slogan of “Run Happy” continues to put a smile on my face and plainly echoes my love for running. So to Brooks, thank you. To everyone else, run happy!

Thanks, Brooks! #runhappy

Thanks, Brooks! #runhappy

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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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Shadow Run, a poem

October 2, 2012

Night running is part surreal
And part too real
Silence screams between your ears
Darkness blinds every glance
Breath.

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