Monthly Archives: April 2014

Five Running Myths Exposed

Outside Magazine continues to be on the cutting edge of running research. A friend forwarded me a link to a recent article that sets out to debunk several myths about running, training, and overall health (10 Running Myths That Are … Continue reading

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Runner in the House

This morning Joni and I woke up before dawn so that I could drive her to the airport to catch a 6:20 a.m. shuttle back to Washington where she lives and works. It’s an understatement to say that it was … Continue reading

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Talent and Training

The photos above, which Tyler posted on his Facebook page the other day, are — in their own way — a challenge to a whole worldview about talent and training. One can gaze upon them with much the same feeling … Continue reading

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How Meb Won Boston

Meb Keflezighi’s unexpected victory in the 2014 Boston Marathon was one of the great moments in the history of the race.  Understandably, most of the accounts of his race have been eloquent about Meb’s personal history, his courage in the … Continue reading

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Their Last Boston

Imagine how the young man felt going to the hospital. He was twenty-one years old and not much more than a kid himself, and now he and his wife were about to have a kid of their own. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Spectator’s Dilemma

With only a few days until the Boston Marathon, I’m still not sure how to watch the race. Thinking about that problem, I started thinking about another hard-to-watch event: the Tour de France. I’m not a cyclist and don’t think … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Have a Rotten Day

[I got nothing this morning — too busy balancing work and preparing for a track meet this afternoon — so I dug up this story from the archives. No one liked it then, so I assume no one will like … Continue reading

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When Did 2:08 Become Slow?

Multiple Choice Quiz: 1. When did we start considering a 2:08 marathon “slow?” A: 2003 B: 2008 C: 2012 D: April 13, 2014 The 2014 London Marathon is in the books, and as everyone knows by now, multiple Olympic and … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 3 of 3)

“It is good to live and learn.” – Cervantes, Don Quixote. Everything I wrote in the first two parts of this story, I wrote from memory, without consulting old training logs, accounts of the race, or anything else. But when … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 2 of 3)

Leading up to the 1984 Boston Marathon, I didn’t have enough experience to know that the worst thing you can do when you’re a couple of weeks out from a race is to start reading random articles in running magazines … Continue reading

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