Monthly Archives: January 2015

If Marathons Received Football-Style Coverage

It was past midnight but I was having a hard time getting to sleep. Although I was plenty tired from a long day capped off by a demanding evening track workout, neither my mind nor my body had calmed down … Continue reading

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Look, I’m Not a Scientist

[In spite of appearances, this post is not about football. In spite of appearances, Friday’s post will also not be about football either.] “Look, I’m not a scientist” – Bill Belichick I tried — I really, really tried — to … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Start Somewhere

On Sunday, the Gordon Track was a familiar circus of activity. On the infield, sprinters and jumpers warmed up with their choreographed drills and dynamic mobility exercises, or rehearsed steps, starts, and hurdles. Officials wielding clipboards checked in competitors for … Continue reading

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Friday Morning Lions

I didn’t MEAN to watch all two hours and six minutes of the Dubai Marathon last night. But the fact that it started at such a convenient time (7 a.m. Dubai time, 10 p.m. EST), that I just happened to … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Jericho Mile

[Originally published February 1, 2008] For many years, I’ve been wanting to track down an obscure running movie called “The Jericho Mile.” A couple of weeks ago, I finally located and ordered a DVD of this 1979 made-for-American-TV movie. I … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal to Bring Cross Country to the Olympics

Slogging along Sunday afternoon in what was becoming a steady rain, I suddenly realized what must be done to bring the sport of cross country to the Olympics.

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Jeremy Wariner and the 800m

From 2004 to 2007, Jeremy Wariner was da bomb.

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Anyone out there looking for an interesting research project for your graduate level physiology studies? There’s one area that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, but seems that it could (or should) hold a great deal of interest for almost … Continue reading

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A Young Man in Winter

Maybe the rest of the world does its soul-searching in late December and makes its resolutions on January 1st, but I’ve always found that the relative quiet and desolation of mid-January is more suitable for personal reflection than the frenzied … Continue reading

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Olympics Idol

I have to admit, upon hearing the news that the U.S. Olympic Committee had backed Boston as the U.S.’s bid city for the 2024 Summer Olympics, I had a sudden urge to scream, jump up and down, and then run … Continue reading

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