Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spring, and remembering how to run

A short meditation for an early spring day…. It’s the last day of March, and the weather reports are predicting rain, sleet, and snow for the Boston area — an early April Fool’s Day prank from the God of Seasons.

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Obsessed with Steps

These days, I do most of my runs wearing a Garmin GPS watch that tracks the duration and distance of my runs, as well as my stride cadence (steps per minute). I’m sure it gathers other data as well, but … Continue reading

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Race Report: An Ras Mor 5K

Running Log – Sunday, March 26 Summary: Ran ‘An Ras Mor’ 5K Race in Cambridge in 20:16 (1K splits from watch: 4:03, 4:02, 4:01, 4:07, 3:59) Total mileage: ~6M, including warmup and cooldown Shoes: Nike Luna Glides Weather: Partly cloudy, … Continue reading

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The World Comes to Kampala

Geoffrey Kamworor winning the Senior Mens race at the IAAF World XC Championships in 2015. On Sunday March 26th, Uganda hosts the 41st IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. It … Continue reading

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One Fine Day

  Carole King, One Fine Day According to the almanac, official spring arrived on Monday morning at 6:29 a.m., although I missed the moment because I was still asleep.

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Remembering Ed Whitlock

“Where have all the heroes gone? They’ve gone with the simplicities and the pieties and the easy answers of another era. But that may not be all bad … not if our lack of such easy heroes can be an … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Notes of a Shy Traveler

“Churches and trains They all look the same to me now They shoot you some place While we ache to come home somehow” – Gregory Alan Isakov, Amsterdam

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Japan Journal: Race Day

Ojiyama Stadium, Otsu, Japan — Start of the Biwako Mainichi Marathon — March 5, 2017 In the audio, you can hear me say that 77 seconds (for the first 400) is “2:12:30 pace…” It is actually about 2:14:30 pace. This miscalculation had … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Final Preparations

Elite athlete interviews prior to Saturday’s technical meeting for foreign athletes I suspect that some of my readers — those who have patiently endured my travelogue so far — have not been distracted, nor have they forgotten that the reason I … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Tōkyō

Panoramic view of Tokyo from Tokyo Skytree (Wikipedia) In retrospect, I’m really glad I decided to purchase a Japan rail pass. That document, which is sold only to foreign tourists on temporary visits to the country, offers nearly unlimited travel on … Continue reading

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