Category Archives: My Back Pages

The Great Dairy Joy Run

The Beer Mile World Championships have come and gone, and the republic still stands — albeit a little unsteadily, and badly in need of a designated driver to get home safely. The competition at the BMWCs was fierce and, as … Continue reading

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From the Archives: All-States… Back in the Day

[Tomorrow, November 15th, 2014, the Mass. All-State Cross Country Meet takes place at Franklin Park in Boston. Hard to believe, but it was forty years ago that I finished 9th at that meet, far behind the 1-2 finish of Chicopee’s … Continue reading

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My Back Pages: Running to Belchertown

On Sunday, thousands of people walked some or all of the Boston Marathon course as part of the 2014 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. In fact, one of the girls on the Concord Academy Cross Country team walked, and her … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 3 of 3)

“It is good to live and learn.” – Cervantes, Don Quixote. Everything I wrote in the first two parts of this story, I wrote from memory, without consulting old training logs, accounts of the race, or anything else. But when … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 2 of 3)

Leading up to the 1984 Boston Marathon, I didn’t have enough experience to know that the worst thing you can do when you’re a couple of weeks out from a race is to start reading random articles in running magazines … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 1 of 3)

If nostalgia is defined as a wistful or sentimental desire to relive the past, then no, I’m not nostalgic about my first time running the Boston Marathon. At the risk of understatement, it wasn’t an easy race for me. But … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Dropout

(Originally published December 17, 2008) “‘Taking [the] season off’ or ‘Work’ are the new ‘excuses’ for doing nothing…” By sheer coincidence, I read that comment on DyeStat a couple of weeks ago on the same day that I met with … Continue reading

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