Monthly Archives: May 2016


“That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau Summer began last Friday. If you will be pedantic and insist that the solstice is still three weeks away, I won’t argue the celestial facts. But it … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of Greatness

  I wonder if as he went through the familiar pre-race motions in Lane 1, Dentarus Locke felt an incongruous shiver in the warm Caribbean night. I wonder if he reflected at all on the journey that had brought him … Continue reading

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Tilting at the Two-Hour Windmill

“In some ways, a goal of two hours is as arbitrary as the distance of the marathon itself: 26 miles 385 yards, established at the 1908 London Olympics, in part to accommodate viewing by the British royal family. But round … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Rundown on Warmups

[At least once every season, our track team gets caught in traffic on the way to some meet and we arrive with little time to warm up before competition begins. Although I still preach the importance of a thorough warm-up, … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of the Suburban Cross Country Course

On Sunday afternoon, I found myself in Framingham with an hour to kill. I had been on my way home from a trip to Western Massachusetts and had planned to pick up my son from his job in a restaurant … Continue reading

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Sixto de Mayo

“…Hang yourself, you will regret it; do not hang yourself, and you will regret that too; hang yourself or don’t hang yourself, you’ll regret it either way; whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret both. … Continue reading

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Penn Relays and the Wider World

On Monday afternoons it’s always a challenge to get the kids to focus. The first Monday is May is especially rough. The school as a whole is beginning its final sprint to graduation in less than four weeks, and kids … Continue reading

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