Author Archives: Jon Waldron

About Jon Waldron

Running and Racing have been important parts of my life for as long as I can remember. I ran Track and Cross Country at Amherst HS, back in the day, and am proud to have been training and competing with the Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) for more than thirty years. If my bones hold out, I hope to continue for another thirty. Sixteen years ago, I began coaching, first as an Asst. Coach at Newton North HS in Newton, MA, and for the past ten years, as Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. I've been writing about running for almost as long as I've been running, dating back to high school, when I would write meet summaries for the Amherst Record for about $0.33 per column inch. I've been blogging about running since 2005, and began blogging at "the runner eclectic" in 2014. Until recently I also had a day job, working full-time as a Technical Product Manager for Nuance Communications, based in Burlington, MA. But I am now on what might turn out to be a permanent sabbatical. Thank you for reading my blog, and please consider leaving a comment.

Our Aging Brains

Image credit: ThinkStock.com “[We] ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations. … And by the same organ we become mad and delirious, and fears and … Continue reading

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Running With the Enemy

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over forty years since that late summer day when I took a chance and traveled far from home to run with the Mohawk Cross Country team at one of their pre-season practices. I’ve … Continue reading

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LeBron James Runs a Mile

“…Let’s think about how much more work LeBron does every single day than your typical high school runner. Who do you know ran 4:40 in high school? Oh, literally everyone? Even the kid who was so small and sad-looking that … Continue reading

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Living the Dream (at Running Camp)

Kingdom Trails, across from the Wildflower Inn Every time I mention to someone that I spent the first two weeks of August at running camp, I worry that this sounds juvenile and undignified… even for me. So I hasten to … Continue reading

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London Postcards: Scenes from the 16th IAAF World Championships

Final leg of the men’s 4×100 relay Has it been five years already since the Olympics returned to London? In the wider world, a lot has changed for Great Britain and for the rest of us since 2012, but it … Continue reading

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Field Guide to North American Tracks: Bob Heath Track, Lyndonville Vermont

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What is happening to American Runners?

Chart by Jens Jakob Anderson and Ivanka Andreeva Nikolova, runrepeat.com When it comes to running, I live in a bubble. I spend some part of every day running, or coaching, or writing, or thinking about running. My social life revolves … Continue reading

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