Monthly Archives: June 2014

No Pain, No Gain

It’s always a bit odd when a study confirms what everyone already knew, or thought they knew. Writing in the NY Times Fitness Blog last week, Gretchen Reynolds reports on recent research into the role of catecholamines (“stress” hormones associated … Continue reading

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Winning, Losing, Going Through

I’d like to take a short hiatus from the world of running to talk a little World Cup Futbol. As everyone knows, the U.S. team lost to Germany on Thursday afternoon and finished with 4 points in their group. But … Continue reading

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What I’d Do With the Corporate Challenge

I’m writing this on Tuesday night, and it’s late enough to expect that the thousands of runners who descended on Boston Common earlier in the evening for the annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge have by now dispersed. Throngs of work … Continue reading

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In Praise of Tracks

On the campus of Virginia Tech, the football stadium dominates the landscape. From Southgate Drive, which winds its way through the Athletic complex, a visitor gazes up at the massive structure — the multi-story edifice, the stands that rise steeply … Continue reading

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You Go, Girls!

Last Sunday Alexa Efraimson, a 17-year-old high school junior year from Camas, Washington, ran 1500m in 4:07.05 at the Adidas Grand Prix meet, finishing 10th in a field of professional runners that included the last two world champions among other … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Avoiding the Competition

[Originally published June 24, 2007] I’m convinced that no corner of the world has as many road races as New England. On any weekend of the year — even in the dead of winter — an intrepid runner can find … Continue reading

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Late last week people around the globe were tuning in to watch the opening matches of the World Cup. I would have done so, too, except that I couldn’t tear myself away from ESPNU, which was covering the The NCAA … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an Injury (Part 3 of 3: More Stable Levers)

When I first started writing about this injury, I had an analogy in mind and wanted to explore it further. What if an aging body is like an aging city, its infrastructure gradually deteriorating with age and overuse? The deterioration might … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an Injury (Part 2 of 3: Who Ya Gonna Call?)

With the end of the school track season, I felt I finally had time to address and resolve the now-chronic pain in my right lower leg. For the first time in months, I had enough time to warm up properly … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an Injury (Part 1 of 3: “I Got This”)

I’ve never been very good at asking for help in any area of my life, and seeking care for running injuries is no exception. Like many runners, I live in a semi-permanent state of denial about my aches and pains, … Continue reading

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