Monthly Archives: March 2014

Race Report: An Ras Mor 5K

An Ras Mor (Irish for “The Great Race”) is a flat and fast 5K that begins and ends within shouting distance of MIT. For Cambridge-based CSU, it’s about the closest thing to a home course we have. This year An … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Dropout

(Originally published December 17, 2008) “‘Taking [the] season off’ or ‘Work’ are the new ‘excuses’ for doing nothing…” By sheer coincidence, I read that comment on DyeStat a couple of weeks ago on the same day that I met with … Continue reading

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Cheating with Xenon

Surely it’s only a matter of time before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans the use of inhaled Xenon gas for Track and Field Training and Competition. According to various sources (for example, this article from The Economist), inhalation of … Continue reading

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At the Clinic

On Friday and Saturday, I attended the annual Track and Field clinic hosted by the Mass. Scholastic Track Coaches Association (MSTCA). I attend this clinic every year, and find it a useful way to learn more about events in which … Continue reading

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Race Report: 2014 Masters Indoor T&F Championships – Part 3 (of 3)

“So this is why I say to you, train. Look after your body. Temper it with pain. And your body will amaze you; you will do things you thought impossible. That is why running matters. That is why Olympiads matter. … Continue reading

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Race Report: 2014 Masters Indoor T&F Championships – Part 2 (of 3)

After racing the 3000m Friday afternoon, I felt pretty good about the mile on Saturday. My only complaints were a rawness in my throat left over from breathing in so much dry air during the race and a slight pain … Continue reading

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Race Report: 2014 Masters Indoor T&F Championships – Part 1 (of 3)

It had been six years since my last appearance at the USATF National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships. In 2008 I had just turned 50 and was looking forward eagerly to competing in my new age group. Unfortunately, in … Continue reading

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The Hay and the Barn

I have no doubt that there are runners in this world who truly enjoy tapering, and who, while they are counting down the days before a big race, feel confident and elated with the knowledge that they have arrived at … Continue reading

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Poll: How Often Should I Post?

I think you’ll agree that I’ve been doing a pretty good job of posting on a M-W-F schedule, but how long before I run out of things to say? And should I post less frequently but spend more time writing … Continue reading

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“I Hate that Guy!”

One of my hobbies is coming up with conversational games that are suitable for long runs or lunches with co-workers (two activities that otherwise have very little in common). In these games, the idea is to define a recognizable and … Continue reading

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