Monthly Archives: March 2016

Moving Day

On Saturday I helped some friends move from their small apartment in Watertown, Mass. to a much more spacious apartment in Acton. Although the old apartment, located on the first floor of a two-story house near Watertown Square, appeared compact … Continue reading

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Team U.S.A. Dominates Indoor Worlds

Whether you think “Team USA” is shorthand for overbearing and jingoistic national pride, or find yourself cheering on every American athlete with unquestioning patriotic fervor, the news from Oregon has likely intensified your feeling. That’s because no country has ever … Continue reading

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Running Fast / Thinking Slow

Many years ago, on a clear and brisk Saturday in October, I was scampering through a forest not far from Boston, alertly watching for roots, rocks, and downed branches. On that glorious morning long ago, I was confident in my … Continue reading

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The Fog of War

“War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for; a skilled intelligence to … Continue reading

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Human and Super-Human

It was an extraordinary last few days for Indoor Track and Field in the United States. In New York City from Friday to Sunday the Armory hosted the New Balance National Indoors, a national championship meet for high schoolers that … Continue reading

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Race Report: 2016 An Ras Mor 5K

The USATF New England Grand Prix Series got underway Sunday, as a thousand runners descended on the neighborhood between Central Square and MIT in Cambridge for the 9:30 a.m. start of the An Ras Mor 5k. In 2015, An Ras … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Bunion Derby

Illustration: ¬† [This is an updated version of a post originally published March 4, 2008] On March 4th, 1928, 88 years ago today, 199 men — including some of the most accomplished runners and walkers of the era — set … Continue reading

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A Slave to Pace

No doubt you’ve known people who are slaves to their running logs. You can always tell who they are, because they’re the ones who finish a run and then make two more trips up and down the street, or another … Continue reading

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