Monthly Archives: November 2014

From the Archives: Raise a Glass to Robert Cade

[November 27th marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of physician, professor, researcher, and inventor Robert Cade,  who led the research team that first formulated a fluid and electrolyte replacement drink that would come to be known as Gatorade, named … Continue reading

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Rising in the Dark

When the weather turns cold and the days grow short and the sun struggles to rise in the sky over Boston (if it bothers to appear at all), I feel a strange urge to run in the early mornings. I … Continue reading

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NCAA Div I XC Championships Recap

In the midst of a busy Saturday, I was lucky and grateful to find an hour in the middle of the day to watch the live stream of the NCAA Div I Cross Country Championships, held at the Lavern Gibson … Continue reading

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Enduring Shame: Marita Koch and the GDR

Photo: Wolfgang Kluge via Wikipedia I am haunted by the photo of East German sprinter Marita Koch smiling in the midst of a group of young fans. The photo was taken in 1986 when Koch was 29 years old and … Continue reading

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Looking for Scapegoats

PHOTO: JESSICA TEZAK/CHICAGO TRIBUNE When Rita Jeptoo’s “A” sample tested positive for synthetic EPO at the end of October, the shock wave was felt well beyond the insular world of running fanatics. Even people who knew little about running, and … Continue reading

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Drug Cheating Then and Now

I’ve been thinking a lot about drug cheating recently. I don’t mean that I’ve been looking for Xenon to inhale or contemplating shady Internet purchases for myself, I mean that I’ve been thinking about two recent news items, one that … Continue reading

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From the Archives: All-States… Back in the Day

[Tomorrow, November 15th, 2014, the Mass. All-State Cross Country Meet takes place at Franklin Park in Boston. Hard to believe, but it was forty years ago that I finished 9th at that meet, far behind the 1-2 finish of Chicopee’s … Continue reading

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The Coach Needs to Train, Too

In retrospect, I don’t think I appreciated how good I had it as an assistant coach. Oh sure, it can be a pain in the neck, especially when you know — you just know! — that you could coach the … Continue reading

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On Sunday morning at an hour usually reserved for deep sleep, 22 runners, 3 other coaches, and I boarded a coach bus and headed to Saxton’s River, Vermont for the New England Private School Division III Cross Country Championships. Even … Continue reading

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The Long and Short of It

File this under: Less Than Meets the Eye. According to an article in the Wellesley Townsman (“Change of course for Marathon in Hopkinton“), road construction on East Main Street in Hopkinton is likely to shorten the 2015 Boston Marathon course … Continue reading

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