4:20 and two seconds…or: Holy crap, I hit my goal time!

4:20 and two seconds…or: Holy crap, I hit my goal time!

This past weekend I ran my fall marathon — Indianapolis Monumental. It was an amazing, whirlwind of a weekend, and I am happy to report that I hit my goal time on the nose, with a 4:20:02 finish (~9:56/mile pace) — which is a PR by over 10 minutes! If you’re interested in the full report, read on. ūüôā It all started back in June…

If not now, when? (Or: The glorious runs of autumn)

If not now, when? (Or: The glorious runs of autumn)

I’ve never been more¬†ready. My long runs are solid. At the end of at typical 18-miler, I’ve¬†still got a lot left in me, and I have pushed and sharpened my pace in this later¬†part of the season. Weekday mid-distance runs tend to default to tempo pace or better unless I force myself to slow down, and at¬†the track I¬†feel strong, occasionally even coming close to my high school running speed.¬†The hills of Maryland don’t get to me like they used…

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What would I sacrifice?

What would I sacrifice?

I don’t really have time to write today. Tomorrow, I hop a train to Cumberland, where I will meet 11 Ohioans; together we will run 200 miles, day and night, over the mountains and southeast to Washington D.C. We may be doing it in a hurricane. At the very least, it’s going to be a very rainy time. I need to pack. Prepare. Get the house ready for my incoming, waterlogged guests, who will be crashing here after the race….

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And then there was the spring

And then there was the spring

If Massachusetts had autumn, Maryland has spring. With the at-times-oppressive summer heat and the gloom of the winter-sometimes-not-winter, spring seems¬†an idyllic season¬†here in the Chesapeake region. Here in late April, we’re fully¬†into¬†the season (something I’m not used to experiencing until mid-May in Ohio) — well past that initial anxiety that comes in the transition from winter’s¬†hunkering down to spring’s inevitable push¬†(that time¬†when¬†we must remember how¬†to become, to do, to make — no more sheltering in a space of comfort and…

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So, you want to join the ~1%…

So, you want to join the ~1%…

No, I don’t mean the illustrious super-rich, who control nearly half of America’s wealth and wield power beyond measure¬†(as if you could just join them, anyway!),¬†but rather, the much more awesome ~1% of people who have run a marathon.¬†It’s actually around 0.5% in the U.S.,¬†but climbing,¬†as more and more folks¬†decide they’re crazy enough¬†to tackle that brag-worthy 26.2. Most are 25 – 45 and male, though women have come a long way in closing the¬†gap (of marathon finishers in 2013, 57%…

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runningon and autumn

runningon and autumn

In a crazy flash of ambition and drive (and, admittedly, a lot of coffee!), I upgraded my webspace, securing hosting and a domain, and began to run with a¬†couple of¬†ideas I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while now. It was fun, it was cathartic, but of course, when the caffeine wore off, I could see quite clearly that there’s A LOT of work between here and¬†fruition,¬†and, well…I’m not going to bother with a “coming soon” speech…

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On places and paces…

On places and paces…

I ran the Detroit International 26.2¬†the weekend before last,¬†and, unfortunately, my race did not go as I had hoped. I did finish (something *always* worth celebrating); I did cross the bridge and I did run the “underwater mile” through the tunnel; I got a medal, and I got to hang out with some of my favorite Ohio¬†running friends¬†(by far the best part). I really¬†can’t complain too much, but, the run¬†itself was certainly not my best, and my finish time was…

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