Circumambulate 2

I’ve lived on this hunk of schist and sand called Manhattan for four years. In that time, I’ve done some fun runs. I ran all the bridges on the east river and at the end of that one I thought I was going to pass out. I ran across the George Washington bridge once, into ...

800s redux 3

800s redux
After my last attempt at Yasso 800s was ruled ineligible (by me) for an 800m classification, I knew I had to have another go at it. (Actually, I knew I would do it again no matter what because my training for Boston requires running at least four of them.) I scoured the internet for route ...

It looks worse than it feels 4

It looks worse than it feels
I’ve been riding my bicycle almost every day five miles to and five miles from work, five days a week, for four years. I use my bike for most of my transportation needs including using it for grocery shopping. When we brought little m home, I got a bike seat for her that looks like ...

Yasso 800s

UPDATE: I’ve received multiple and independent reports on the distance of the track at the Great Hill. Reports online list the distance as 1/4 mile, which is a little over 400 meters. Mapped on Google Earth, the distance is 1/4 mile. Mapped on TrailRunner (a Mac application), the distance is approximately 1152 feet, about 350 ...

A little quiet around here 3

Sorry about that. We’ve had some thinking to do in my household in the last week and having come to a decision it was then time to tell family and friends the news before revealing it to the world. Or at least the world that comes to this little place of mine on the intertubes. ...

A run at last 3

A run at last
Our last day in New Mexico and the weather changed dramatically. New Mexico generally has pretty good weather, especially in the cities. The sun almost always shines and the big blue sky spreads out with nothing but the occasional cumulus cloud or jet contrail to interrupt the vastness of it. The daytime temperature in Albuquerque ...

Hiking in Colorado 1

Hiking in Colorado
I had planned on running everyday of this trip, looked forward to testing my lungs at the higher altitude on the trails of Santa Fe, and exploring Farmington on my feet. Alas, it was not to be. The illness came back with a vengeance. On our second night I was again shivering in the warm ...

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hello, this is wrtsmith, and I’m going to they to tell you about a wonderful book I just read by Nicholson Baker called The Anthologist. What a great name, Nicholson. I wonder if his friends call him Nick. Baker is a writers writer and ...