Monthly Archives: September 2014

30-year-old Kimetto Sets Marathon WR in Berlin

On Sunday morning in Berlin, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai ran the fastest and second fastest times ever for a record-eligible marathon course. With his astonishing 2:02:57, Kimetto became the first human being in history to run a marathon in … Continue reading

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“Orrery (noun) – an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by balls moved by a clockwork.” – Merriam-Webster At no time of the year does the daylight flee at a greater rate than … Continue reading

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Cloudless Skies

The Chameleons of Concord had home meet yesterday at Great Brook State Park in Carlisle. Great Brook is a beautiful park, and there aren’t too many things nicer than watching cross country there under a cloudless sky on the first … Continue reading

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My Back Pages: Running to Belchertown

On Sunday, thousands of people walked some or all of the Boston Marathon course as part of the 2014 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. In fact, one of the girls on the Concord Academy Cross Country team walked, and her … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Born to Hunt

[ Originally published October 28, 2009] In Tuesday’s NY Times, an article entitled “The Human Body is Built for Distance”  begins with this rhetorical question: “Does running a marathon push the body further than it is meant to go?” Sometimes, … Continue reading

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Data Driven

I don’t deny that running can be an intensely aesthetic experience. Some afternoons I’ll be out there on my own, running around Great Meadows at dusk as the last rays of sun make long shadows on the path, and I’ll … Continue reading

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Race Report: Lone Gull 10K (9/14/14)

Every weekday afternoon for the last two weeks, I drove past a sandwich board in the center of Concord advertising a local 10K road race scheduled for Sunday, September 14. And every time I saw that sign, my first thought … Continue reading

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Unbelievable Runners (in Film)

Anyone who has ever been inspired by watching well-trained runners practicing their craft has probably also been frustrated at the crude way those runners are portrayed on-screen in  movies and made-for-TV specials. Now, Alison Wad, Writing in Runners World, has … Continue reading

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Tapering One’s Expectations

I’ve often said that the practice of “tapering” — reducing training in the days and weeks leading up to a big race — is much harder to get right than most people think.

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From the Archives: Should H.S. XC Runners Race 5K?

[Originally published 9/5/2007] After four days of practice with my cross-country team, we are making plans for our first “practice” race. I have already had several discussions about how far it should be, how fast, and even what to call … Continue reading

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