Monthly Archives: July 2014

Know Your Oval: Fun Facts About Tracks

(Image: I’ve always enjoyed running on tracks, and I’ve always been fascinated by them. Maybe that makes me an eccentric. After all, I have the impression that most people, if they ever think about their neighborhood running track at … Continue reading

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The Dumb Guy in the Room

For the last five years my official job title at Nuance Communications has been “Research Project Manager,” which means that I manage projects and facilitate communications for a department of about 20 PhD Speech Scientists. Although all of them are … Continue reading

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Track Radio

In a year without an Olympic Games or World Championships, one of the highlights of the summer for Track & Field fans is the IAAF Junior World Championships, taking place in Eugene this week. I admit, I’ve never paid much … Continue reading

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Slow Starter

Many, many years ago — when my kids were little and Joni was in pre-school — I had a trivial but interesting experience running with one of the other dads there, the father of one of Joni’s friends. I don’t … Continue reading

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Fifteen high school long jumpers formed a single line on the runway. It was Sunday afternoon, and after nearly two full days of warm ups, drills, lectures, and instruction, it would not have been surprising to see a lack of … Continue reading

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Assisted by…

On Friday night in Monaco (Friday afternoon here in the U.S.), Asbel Kiprop will attempt to break the world record for 1500m. The current record of 3:26.00 was set in Rome by Hicham El Guerrouj over sixteen years ago. If … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Props for the Lowly Pushup

[First published March 11, 2008] Man, it’s tough to write about running when one isn’t actually, you know, running. I started one essay about the awkwardness I still feel when I go to “work out” in a fitness center. Had … Continue reading

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After Dinner Story: Zatopek

Iva is telling us how she first met Emil Zatopek. “It was because of our dog,” she begins.

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Adventures in Counting

It was a fateful day a decade or so ago when I picked up “Daniels Running Formula,” a systematic approach to training distance runners penned by well-known physiologist/coach/guru Jack Daniels, and read the following: “Elite distance runners tend to stride … Continue reading

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“I Just Felt Like Running”

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956)!     “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I … Continue reading

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