Devastation

Yesterday morning, m and I left the apartment around 8am for a short run before we met some friends for brunch. As usual, she was excited to get out and screamed in delight when the apartment door opened. She rushed out into the hallway and stopped at the stairs, looked back at me anxiously. I ...

Ragnar Relay New England 2011, Part V: Why I Run 3

During my last leg, when my mind was losing the battle to my body, in my darkest hour, I asked myself one simple question: why am I running? It was a question I’d never really asked myself before. Sure, I’d had dark moments during marathons when I considered stopping. In New York in 2010, just ...

Ragnar Relay New England 2011, Part IV: Last Legs 1

The Thompson Motor Speedway in Thompson, CT, is a huge place. First, there’s a paved oval race track where they run classes in Pro-Stock, Late Model and All Star Modifieds. (If that sounds like ancient Sumarian to you, you’re not alone.) We pulled into the van entrance and drove for what felt like a full ...

Ragnar Relay New England 2011, Part III: The Nightman Cometh

When A– set off on his run, the sun was still up, the sky a bright shade of blue, the air warm and humid. It was nearly 6:00pm, though, and by the rules of the race all runners must wear night gear after 7pm (and before 6am). A– would be running for nearly two hours, ...

Ragnar Relay New England 2011, Part II: First Legs

The announcer called our team first, which surprised me. A–, our first runner, wearing a fake mustache, stepped as though he were a twit member of the Ministry of Funny Walks. Unbeknownst to us at the time, there were two other Monty Python themed teams running this race and we’d see both of them quite ...

Ragner Relay New England 2011, Part I: An Auspicious Beginning 2

The day began cloudy, the air thick and humid. At the start, the ground was wet from seven days of rain. The forecast called for more of it to fall on us while we ran from New Haven to Boston over the next 26 to 29 hours. The team was the same one we had ...

Doored 3

I’ve been telling people for a while, since my last bike accident, that I’ve driven a bike in New York every day for four years and only been knocked off my bike twice. I thought that was good odds. I may have spoken too soon. I was on my way to drop off a client’s ...

Run! by Dean Karnazes and Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich

Run! by Dean Karnazes My rating: 3 of 5 stars Running on Empty: An Ultramarathorner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich My rating: 4 of 5 stars In early May, Dean Karnazes finished his triumphant run across America live on national television. “Seventy-five days ago I dreamed of ...

Inadvertent confidence-boosting training run 1

Inadvertent confidence-boosting training run
I realized at 7:35am this morning that I need to get to 72nd Street and 3rd Avenue by 8:15am. Little m and I were still eating breakfast. Normally, on a day I run to work, I leave the house a little before 8am and it takes me about 40 minutes to run the 5 miles ...

Running with Dean, part deux

Running with Dean, part deux
Looks like I made it onto the Dean blog in more ways than one. You can see me in the photo above with little m on my shoulders… …and again in the video. Watch closely at the 22 second mark. The big high-five. Not sure what he says after, something like, “So proud of you ...