BAAston: The Taper Begins 3

My taper began on Monday. It was supposed to start on Tuesday, but I woke Monday (after a glorious running weekend in the mountains) to find that my right hamstring was so sore it almost hurt to walk. I considered going on my planned long run (it was to be about 20 miles, more if ...

A running weekend

A running weekend
Sort of. We drove up to Durango on Friday and while M got her haircut, m and I went for a run along the Animas River. It was a beautiful spring day, trees budding, birds singing. Last time I ran along the river there snow covered the ground and I ran in the button up ...

Not for the squeamish 1

Not for the squeamish
I’ve run 13 marathons, several ultra relay races, and one 54 mile race, and in that time I’ve never lost a toe nail. Until last night. It was my last marathon, in Phoenix, that did me in. I’ve been quite diligent over the years about making sure my toe nails were clipped at least a ...

Revisiting Boulder 1

Revisiting Boulder
In December 2005, M and I took a cross-country road trip. We passed through this part of the country around the 16th of the month, stopping at Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, the Four Corners, etc. One of our favorite places was a little town called Boulder, Utah. Back then, we arrived at the Boulder Mountain ...

Past is Present

The year was 1986 and I was an awkward 14 year-old eighth grader at a small Amarillo junior high (now middle) school. She was a year ahead of me, a ninth grader. We started going steady at a dance where her brother brought us together. We continued to ‘go together’ (to use the parlance of ...

BAAston

BAAston
I’ve been training hard for my second Boston Marathon coming up in a little more than four weeks. Last week I ran 80 miles, and 9 straight days I ran 106. So far this week I’m up to 56. I took Tuesday off and still feel a little guilty about seeing that “off” on my ...

Working at last 2

Nearly eight months ago my wife and I moved to Shiprock, NM. There we found a wide open land where m could run almost completely free along the street which ran before our house. M found a job she liked (sometimes) and I found myself with a new career path: stay-at-home father. Before we came ...

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been using an Apple since the early days of Apple. The first computer we had in my house was an Apple II and I used to write simple programs in Apple BASIC. I received the first Macintosh for Christmas in 1984 and it ...

Reading

Before she goes to sleep ever night, but after she’s laid down in bed, we read stories. (Our agreement is that she gets two books at night and one before her afternoon nap.) She lays in her bed, head resting on her Dora pillow, and sucks her thumb while I flip through the pages of ...