The ‘People’s Champion’ Comes to Boston

Many years ago, when I was much younger and sprier, I entered a New Year’s Day 5M road race despite a forecast for high temperatures in the low 20’s. I wasn’t elite, of course, but I went into the race expecting a high placing, confident that I could run my usual pace and compete for a top place. But when the race started, I simply couldn’t get my body going. I had “warmed up” plenty but never really warmed up, and I struggled from the beginning. I gave it my best effort, but ended up running a couple of minutes slower than I expected, well out of the top ten.

I thought about that recently when I tried to make sense of Yuki Kawauchi’s record-breaking marathon on New Year’s Day 2018 in the unlikely town of Marshfield, Mass. Continue reading

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The New (Old) Me

old me new me

It’s hard to believe that we’re only a week into 2018; it feels like we’ve had hardship enough to fill an average month of winter: a deep freeze, a major snow storm, cancellations and disruptions, not to mention the typical colds and flus. Christmas is a distant memory. February is still a long way off, and when it finally arrives, it will still only be February. Continue reading

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Our Aging Brains

Losing Brain Function
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“[We] ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations. … And by the same organ we become mad and delirious, and fears and terrors assail us, some by night, and some by day, and dreams and untimely wanderings, and cares that are not suitable, and ignorance of present circumstances, desuetude, and unskillfulness. All these things we endure from the brain, when it is not healthy…”   — Hippocrates Continue reading

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Running With the Enemy

Mohawk Trail postcard

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over forty years since that late summer day when I took a chance and traveled far from home to run with the Mohawk Cross Country team at one of their pre-season practices. I’ve written about that day before, but recently felt motivated to tell the story again, filling in a few more details. I hope you enjoy it!  Continue reading

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LeBron James Runs a Mile

“…Let’s think about how much more work LeBron does every single day than your typical high school runner. Who do you know ran 4:40 in high school? Oh, literally everyone? Even the kid who was so small and sad-looking that his mom had to use a clothespin to keep his jersey from falling off? Excuse me, I’ve just upgraded LeBron James to a 4:20 mile.” – Ryan Sterner, Citius

“A very good high school runner can run 4:20 or faster and is a very average athlete by general metrics. James is arguably one of the best athletes in the world and so 4:40 should be no problem.” – Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

“Lebron? You out there? Aging hack runner who peaked in high school wants to race.” – Malcolm Gladwell, on Twitter Continue reading

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Living the Dream (at Running Camp)

Kingdom Trails, across from the Wildflower Inn

Every time I mention to someone that I spent the first two weeks of August at running camp, I worry that this sounds juvenile and undignified… even for me. So I hasten to add that no, I was not a camper; the campers were mostly high school runners. I was a staff coach with actual adult responsibilities.

But still, you know, why would an old fart like me want to feel even older at running camp? Continue reading

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