Yasso 800s quartet 2

Yasso 800s quartet
Last week was my final long, intense push. After the little pain in my heel subsided, I decided I needed a big goal for the final ten days of my Boston training (before the taper, that is), so I set a lofty one for myself: run 100 miles from Monday through the following Tuesday — ...

A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races
   The day started early for me, along with the nearly 10,000 runners who braved the clear but near freezing weather in Central Park for the 2011 NYC Half Marathon. As I’ve done for the last three halves, I volunteered as a bike marshall and again I was out in front of the pack (though ...

Weekly mileage roundup 2

Monday: 12 miles (11 mile tempo run at sub-marathon pace of ~6:30 per mile) Tuesday: 12 miles Wednesday: 12 miles Thursday: 9 miles (a disappointing attempt at hill repeats) Friday: 19 miles (three different runs: 5.5 miles in AM; 8 miles at lunch; 5.5 miles in the early evening) Saturday: Rest Sunday: 21.2 miles LSD, ...

Pushing the Envelope 2

When I was in 8th grade, I was on the track team. My father was the coach, and though he was a touch coach he was not an angry coach-dad who yelled at me and focused all his attention on winning. He wanted the members of his team to run their best, to give their ...

Creepy Cricket Fan

This is awesome.

Finalization 1

Finalization
Tuesday turned out to be a big day for us as a family. On rather short notice we found out that March 1st would be the day of the finalization of our adoption of little m. Our attorney instructed us to bring identification and friends and go to the Surrogate Court in Manhattan (31 Chambers ...

800s troisième 1

800s troisième
This is my third attempt at running the famed Yasso 800s. The first was a shortened bust, the second an exhausting success. How would the third fare? Let’s take a look at the numbers. 800 400 1 02:50.200 02:21.720 2 02:52.790 02:19.160 3 02:52.720 02:34.790 4 02:55.120 02:15.750 5 02:51.450 02:26.060 6 02:51.120 02:20.490 7 ...

Running across America

Turns out there are a few other people out there who are running across America. Jeff Grabosky is running a solo unsupported run from California to New York. He started at the end of January and has probably crossed into Oklahoma by now. Ed Roshitsh is running from Charleston, SC, to San Diego, CA, beginning ...

I just got off the phone with Dean Karnazes 1

I just got off the phone with Dean Karnazes
Karno is running across America. You can track his progress online. Today, I noticed he would be running through Quartzsite, AZ, where my mother and step-father are currently enjoying some vacation time from their retirement. I called my mother and asked her how far she was from I-10, the route he seemed to be following, ...