Monthly Archives: August 2014

Jenny Simpson Leans In

  Five days after celebrating her 28th birthday, Jenny Simpson celebrated two victories at the Zürich Diamond League finale. The first was her dramatic win in the 1500, where she first outlasted Sifan Hassan and then hung on against what … Continue reading

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Red, White, and Black

Back in 2002 the City of Newton, where I live, hired a new police chief named Jose Cordero. He had served for over twenty years as a police inspector in Queens, and had established a reputation for reducing robberies, burglaries, … Continue reading

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Race Report: Northeast Harbor 5M

It’s been a long time between races, that’s for sure. The last time I stood with a tribe of runners, numbered bib pinned clumsily to my shirt, was way back in March of this year. That’s 145 days — more … Continue reading

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From the Archives: I am my own Walkman

[First published August 26th, 2010] Self-appointed guardians of the purity of running (like me) might cringe at the thought, but for a large number of recreational joggers, iPods and MP3 players constitute essential running equipment, as important, if not more … Continue reading

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Untrendy Training Advice

It’s important to be reminded from time to time that we have a responsibility to our fellow human beings to teach them the true meaning of aerobic training. Remember that a few words at the right moment could be the … Continue reading

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‘Miracle’ Race in EC Women’s 4×400 Relay

Have you been following the European Track & Field Championships taking place in Zürich this past week? If so, you surely have already seen the final lap of the women’s 4×400 relay. If not, I’d like to recommend you watch … Continue reading

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Speed in Reverse

While scanning the home page a couple of days ago, a link filed under “Random News” caught my eye. The link pointed to an article in Ireland’s Evening Herald newspaper, “Irishman is World Champion retro runner.” Calling him the … Continue reading

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This Day in History: Wilson Kipketer Shatters 800m WR

Before there was David Rudisha, there was Wilson Kipketer. On August 13, 1997 – seventeen years ago today — Kipketer lined up for the 800m at the Zurich Weltklasse meet fully intending to break the world record of 1:41.73 that … Continue reading

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Listening to Tissue

Something odd happened to me the other day. Or rather, something expected didn’t happen to me the other day. It was peculiar enough that when I tried to describe it to Jonathan, I found it hard to put into words. … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Is Running Complicated?

[First published September 21, 2007] Is running complicated? In spite of the fact that I seem to be writing or talking about it all the time, it strikes me that running is pretty much the simplest thing you can do … Continue reading

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