Back to Boston

Back to Boston
Boston is much colder than it was two weeks ago. This morning we left the hotel just before 9am and the temperature wasn’t even 40F. That’s about 35 degrees cooler than it was at the same time on Marathon Monday. I came prepared for temperatures slightly cooler than Shiprock and what I’m confronted with are ...

Traveling alone with a toddler

I planned our packing down to the last bag. I would carry a backpack in which I’d put a change of clothes for m, book and computer for me, iPad for m, and some water. In a canvas bag I loaded enough food for two days travel if we were unable to find food anywhere ...

Race Recap: On Fire in Boston 4

Race Recap: On Fire in Boston
For a week I had been watching the weather. Forecasts called for higher than normal temperatures, but still I hoped. We all hoped, everyone who was registered to run the 116th Boston Marathon. Hoping doesn’t necessarily make it so. I stepped out of my sister-in-law’s apartment on Commonwealth Avenue, at around mile 25.3 of the ...

Alone in the City

Alone in the City
Today I was alone for the first time in months. Not alone on a run in the middle of the desert. That’s alone, but only for a couple of hours. On every long training run I’ve had, I’ve known that at the end of it I have to pick up m and take care of ...

Time for Inspiration

This one was sent to me by R, one of my Ragnar teammates. Wait until the 2:30 mark when Haile begins to run. Know that’s what all runners would aspire to look like when they run: effortless. This one’s in Italian, but you don’t need to understand the words to get inspiration from Abebe Bikila’s ...

My daughter knows how to taper 1

For me, the taper has always been the hardest part of marathon training. After three months of pushing my body to the limit, of exhausting long runs, tempo and interval workouts, of running 90+ miles in a week, 100+ miles in nine days, after all that I put the brakes on and reduce my weekly ...

RIP Caballo Blanco

‎”When I get too old to work, I’ll do what Geronimo would’ve if they’d left him alone. I’ll walk off into the deep canyons and find a quiet place to lie down.” -Caballo Blanco

Missed deadline

In running, mistakes happen. Sometimes no matter how much preparation you’ve made for a particular race things can go wrong. Bad weather or a last minute injury that sidelines you. Or maybe you ate the wrong thing for breakfast or shouldn’t have swallowed that strange gel at mile 22. Point is, every run, every race, ...