Monthly Archives: February 2016

Almanac: What Happened to February?

Chart: Boston Globe 2/29/16 Every weekday before I head off to work, I go through the ritual of checking the weather forecast and then stuffing my backpack with running clothes that I’ll need (or think I’ll need) for my afternoon … Continue reading

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Drew Hunter and the next era of H.S. middle distance running?

Photo credit: Did Drew Hunter just blow up high school middle distance running in the U.S.?

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I Thought I was a Serious Runner…

I guess most dads try to pass on life lessons to their kids. In the case of my dad, I don’t remember him lecturing us much, but I do remember many stories, jokes, and off-hand observations that contained a wealth … Continue reading

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Tanzania – Epilogue: My Own Worst Enemy

The end of my Tanzania story is the beginning of a different story. I’m not especially eager to relate the events that followed our return from Africa, because for weeks I repeatedly acted like a stubborn idiot. Reading my own … Continue reading

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Tanzania – Part 17: The Long Way Home

As the familiar Land Cruiser pulled into the driveway at the Outpost hotel, we realized with a pang of sadness that this would be the last time we’d see Rob and Peter. They had been our guides and protectors, taking … Continue reading

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Amy Cragg Wins, and it’s Complicated

In all likelihood, four years from now at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, someone not named Amy Cragg, Desi Linden, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, or Janet Bawcom will finish in the top five. But here in 2016, that change … Continue reading

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The Awesome Uncertainty of the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Pete Pfitzinger leading the 1984 Olympic Trials Marathon At 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning in Los Angeles, the United States will select three men and three women to compete in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Prestige marathons … Continue reading

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Tanzania – 16: Civil Unrest

Photo: Tanzanian Affairs 1/5/2011 Our last full day in Arusha began uneventfully. There were no predawn wake-up calls, no sleeping bags to roll up, no tents to take down, and no maps to consult. For the first time in the … Continue reading

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Tanzania – 15: Return to Arusha

Lake Manyara I started publishing this journal in January 2011, shortly after my family returned from our unforgettable trip to Tanzania. But telling the story of the trip turned out to be a much bigger project than I bargained for. … Continue reading

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Thanks, Teg

Teg, we hardly knew you.

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