Monthly Archives: May 2014

To the Class of 2014

Thank you, President Smith, Dean Jones, Distinguished Faculty, Parents, Relatives, Friends, and of course — those in whose honor we gather here today — Members of the Class of 2014. Today, we celebrate what you have accomplished and look ahead … Continue reading

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Suggestions for the Next World Relays

The IAAF deserves credit for innovating with the inaugural World Relays, a two-day track meet held last weekend in Nassau, The Bahamas that was attended by teams from about 30 countries. There’s nothing wrong with trying something new, and the … Continue reading

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What’s Reasonable vs. What’s Possible

Photo: Brian Jenkins for the Burlington Free Press While Tyler was running his marathon in Vermont, I was four hours away sitting comfortably in a coffee shop in Concord, waiting for updates via text message. I had signed up for … Continue reading

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Wild Mice Like Wheels, Too

Apparently, if you set it up, they will run. “A pair of researchers in the Netherlands has found that if a running wheel is placed outdoors in a natural setting, wild animals will come and run on it…. Scientists, researchers … Continue reading

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A Little Training Lesson

“I was involved in an unusual experiment on one of my trips to the United States. A number of schizophrenic patients of the University of Wisconsin Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, most of whom were suffering from depression, were started on a … Continue reading

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The Coach as Teacher

The last remnants of the sunset were fading from the sky as I drove South on the Maine Turnpike Saturday evening. It had been a long day at the end of a long track season, and I was at the … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Vibram

On May 6th, Runner’s World reported that Italian footwear company Vibram, makers of the “Five Fingers” running shoe, had agreed to a settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company engaged in deceptive advertising when it claimed its shoes strengthened … Continue reading

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Manzano to run at the 2014 Martinez Classic

On June 5th, 2014, Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano will be in Concord, Mass., to race the mile at the Adrian Martinez Classic track meet. And that’s only one surprising and interesting development for a local meet intent on getting … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Did I Say That?

[Originally published May 13, 2008] If the key to good coaching is good communication, I think I might be in trouble. It’s not that I don’t communicate, it’s that I seem to communicate much more than I actually mean.

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Running the 4×400 Relay

One thing I know about high school track and field is that no matter how small your team, no matter how weak and infirm it might appear compared to the Brocktons and Newton Norths of the world, you can always … Continue reading

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