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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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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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Socks and OJ

December 25, 2012

Caveat #1: I am not a doctor. I have no medical training. I just have experience, and even that is limited. With that in mind, please take my advice as truth and accept it without question.

Every time the cold weather comes around we all experience that same ominous feeling. You roll out of bed in the morning and try to clear your throat. Your heart sinks as you feel that lump making it hard to swallow. You know that some sort of sickness is imminent, but is it inevitable? Is there a way to stop it? The anxiety is always compounded if you are signed up to run a winter race or if you are just trying to maintain your shape through all those holiday meals and baked goods in the office. 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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It Begins

November 18, 2012

Thank you to everyone for helping me get here.

I’ll see you on the other side of possible.

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Philadelphia Marathon 2013. #redefinepossible

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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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