Countdown to the countdown

November 25, 2013

The huge video screen at the start line is just one instant memory I have of my three prior Space Coast marathons. The countdown to the race start is brought to life in the replay of a space shuttle launch out on the cape. The NASA soundtrack reverberates in my head as the crowd roars […]

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Cutting back never felt so good

November 17, 2013

There were only three weeks between then and when I would suffer the indignity of crossing a finish line with the face of exhaustion and the crippled sense of not having it anymore. That’s the way I felt a week ago when I “completed” (a very inaccurate term) a 22.4 mile run. It took five […]

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Running at a mile up, then down here again

November 3, 2013

I left China’s shore (my jog around the world) and ended up in Albuquerque last week. At a mile high, the locals recommend lots of water, no alcohol and no strenuous activity in the first 24 hours. I did the first two but the time was ripe on Wednesday afternoon to get in a run. […]

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Leaving China now.

October 27, 2013

I’ve kept a log of my running since 1999 which overlooks my many miles logged as a speedy adolescent and teenager, and the decades in between which amounted to next to nothing. Nevertheless, since 1999 I’ve logged 11,512 miles which, according to my Dead Runner Society tracking file, is not quite half way around the […]

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4:00:00. 19.0.

October 20, 2013

My training schedule said to do 20 miles today. I figured all sorts of ways to cover the ground but, in the end, I decided I’d run four hours, no matter how far it was. After all, I’d done 19 miles in 3:35 a few weeks ago. I half expected it’d be an easy 20+ […]

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Energized by cool crisp fall Florida weather … it’s 69F

October 16, 2013

Since it’s been so long since I last posted, I’ll just chalk it up to laziness. I coulda. I shoulda. I didn’t. My shoulder healed nicely. I even went back out and did some more hedge trimming to see how stupid I could be in one month. Alas, I held the trimmer in the proper […]

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I just needed a shot in the arm … err, shoulder

September 15, 2013

After four beautifully executed weeks of 100% marathon training, with tempo runs, track work and increasingly longer long runs, I came upon Labor Day. In the spirit of making the most of a day off, I undertook some much-needed yard work; the variety of yard work about which “management”  makes certain comments  now and then […]

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It was so hot ….

August 18, 2013

How hot was it? It was 20 degrees hotter this morning than it was last Sunday morning in Westerly, Rhode Island, when I ran off my last two miles of summer vacation. It was a pleasant morning last Sunday. Clear blue skies, sunny and 52 degrees. 52 degrees! Ahhhhh. I ran two laps around the […]

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A fifth anniversary race

August 4, 2013

Amby Burfoot, editor at large for Runner’s World, was the most famous runner in the 51st annual John and Jesse Kelley Ocean Beach 11.6-miler in New London on August 3. My personal celebrity runner was Dianna Hyland, who has been my race pal for five of the last six years on the first Saturday in August. But for […]

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Counting my fleet feet blessings

July 28, 2013

I survived the Blessing of the Fleet 10-Miler in Narragansett, RI, and witnessed an awesome rainbow over the ocean at the finish line. It rained pre-race, stopped for the race, and sprinkled after the race, while we were trying to “recover” in the seafood festival beer garden. Safe to say we recovered but were still […]

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Darkness due to technical difficulties

July 21, 2013

I get a pass on this one. My blog’s server was attacked my mutant Ninja gremlins. Or so I was told, in so many words. Now I’m back with a lot of ground to make up. Marathon/Race Training I am mostly on track to begin marathon training the week of August 5. My goal was […]

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Blogging beats tweets and FB posts

July 2, 2013

I was in a conversation today with several (perhaps) new readers. I said I had a Twitter account but still haven’t had an ah-ha moment that prompts me to tweet about it in 140 characters or less. Jennifer suggested I should tweet that sentiment. I’d rather write about it without editing it down to 140 […]

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