Monthly Archives: January 2014

Alan Webb Moves On

On May 28, 2001, a slight, but powerfully built 18-year-old high school kid from South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, stood on the starting line for the mile run at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. Alan Webb was a … Continue reading

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Echo Chamber

On Saturday night at BU, Galen Rupp made it two-for-two; the Oregon Project’s most decorated athlete added another American Record to his resume, running two miles in 8:07.41, two seconds faster than Bernard Lagat’s time from last year’s Millrose Games, … Continue reading

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Can Runners Learn from “House?”

I was talking with Joni last week and she was giving me the latest report on her foot/ankle injury. Like many running injuries, there was no unambiguous explanation for it, only a combination of hard runs and exercises that, in … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Stirrings

More snow is falling in what has already been a snowy winter. That’s good news for Terry and all the other skiers who’ll enjoy frolicking in several inches of fresh powder. For the rest of us who don’t have a … Continue reading

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Race Report: 3000m at GBTC Invite

A couple of weeks ago, I watched Craig Fram and Paul Hammond absolutely hammer an indoor 3000m at the final BU mini-meet. That race is now on YouTube, and is worth watching again, if only for the desperate (and successful!) … Continue reading

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Rupp’s 13:01 at BU shatters the 5k AR

Last night’s crowd at the Boston University Track and Athletic Center didn’t come close to filling the place, but it was enthusiastic and appreciative of what was happening on the track below. Circling the oval with little apparent effort, the … Continue reading

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Short and Sweet

Any hope I had of becoming an “iron runner” in 2014 (by completing all the USATF New England Grand Prix Championship road races) died an early death when the actual slate of events was announced. The first two events — … Continue reading

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Slavic Studies

I have a tendency to over-think simple questions and ordinary social interactions. If someone asks ‘How’s it going?,’ I’m likely to give the question way more thought than it deserves and then launch into a meandering answer that leaves the … Continue reading

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