Monthly Archives: April 2014

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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Boston 1984 (Part 1 of 3)

If nostalgia is defined as a wistful or sentimental desire to relive the past, then no, I’m not nostalgic about my first time running the Boston Marathon. At the risk of understatement, it wasn’t an easy race for me. But … Continue reading

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My Personal Decathlon

Outdoor track season continues, which means my afternoons are a series of frantic attempts to attend to each and every one of the different events that comprise a high school meet. On a typical day, one of my assistants sends … Continue reading

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Early April Workout

It’s Tuesday night and I’m driving to Harvard for our first outdoor track workout of the Spring. It’s almost 6:30 and I’m annoyed at myself for being late. I’m also burdened by the feeling that my day should be over … Continue reading

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