Early Morning Run

Today I woke up early, and – before my waking brain had the chance to weigh in – had pulled on shorts and a t-shirt, had found socks and a battered pair of Mizunos, and had eased downstairs and out the door, and stood on the sidewalk considering the world. Continue reading

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You CAN get there from here

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On Saturday morning, 31-year-old Alex Honnold stunned the climbing world when he became the first person to free solo Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan, climbing the 3,000-foot granite monolith using only a pair of climbing shoes and a bag of chalk. No ropes. No safety equipment. Just his otherworldly ability to push down any fear and continually put one hand in front of the other.” – Justin Housman, Adventure Journal

“It doesn’t feel that big a deal when you finally do it, because you put so much effort in. I mean the whole point is to make it feel not that crazy.” – Alex Honnold Continue reading

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Global Introverts Day!



It’s Global Introverts Day — Let the parties begin!

I didn’t realize it until seeing an item in the NY Times this morning while eating my bowl of cold cereal that today, June 7, is Global Running Day. I’m embarrassed to admit that it snuck up on me again this year, and I completely forgot to send out my Global Running Day cards, hang Running-themed decorations around the house, or order a somber and sympathetic Global Running Day floral arrangement for my long-suffering spouse. Continue reading

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A few thoughts on failing (gloriously)

“[We] foster an environment where failing gloriously is just as honorable as succeeding greatly, where trying something new is just as respectable as setting a record, where the greatest thing we can accomplish isn’t necessarily winning at all costs, but instead feeling at the end of the day like we’ve done something that enriched our lives through effort and commitment. These moments pull us all closer together than any ribbon or medal.” — B.L. CA Class of 2017 Continue reading

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No Apology Necessary

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News item: (Lancaster News) sports columnist Mike Gross issues apology in the wake of the passionate outrage sparked by his track and field column…” – LancasterOnline

“The past few years, I have volunteered to be a part of LNP’s coverage of the season-ending league, district and state high school track and field meets. This was no one’s idea but mine, and I have done so entirely because I like track and field and its unique feel and atmosphere. For Monday’s paper, I wrote a piece that attempted to describe that atmosphere and failed — utterly and spectacularly — to do so. For that I am very sorry.”

– Mike Gross, Lancaster News/LancasterOnline columnist

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Path of Least Resistance


My opinion is that the single most effective tactic used on Saturday was to have Kipchoge run most of the distance close behind a Tesla vehicle onto which had been mounted a large wind shield pretending to be a clock.” – Ross Tucker, The Pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: where to next?

At the Endurance Research Conference at the University of Kent [in September 2015], Andy Jones gave a talk about the prospects for a two-hour marathon in which he argued that dramatically reducing air resistance could make an enormous and immediate difference. Simply arranging for a runner to draft behind others all the way to the finish rather than just to the halfway mark, he argued, would enable a runner to go two to three minutes faster.” – Alex Hutchinson in Runner’s World, Does Drag Matter for Runners? (Oct 2015)

Notice to readers: If you were inspired and elevated by Eliud Kipchoge’s tremendous run on Saturday morning, I encourage you to SKIP this blog post. If you are tired of all the negativity out there, and think that any criticism of Nike and the breaking2 project just brings down the sport of distance running, I encourage you to STOP reading now. If you believe that Nike “won” and Nike’s critics “lost,” then you really would be happier if you returned another day, when I’m back to writing about high school athletes, quiet trails, and the seasons of an aging runner.

Readers, you have been warned! Continue reading

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Two hours: A Writing Exercise

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[A moment ago, I started a stopwatch. I plan to sit here at my computer for the next two hours and write about Nike’s ‘breaking2’ publicity stunt for that exact amount of time. I’ll try to fix typos and other errors as I go, but one way or the other, when the watch hits 2:00:00, I’m done. Wish me luck!] Continue reading

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