Lessons from Half a Brick

ONE GREAT THING about my fitness activities are the things I learn while doing them. And the great thing about having a blog is that I can share what I learn, and pretend that someone out there might actually read it. (It's a nice fantasy.) Well, last weekend's "brick" (bike ride and Crim race) provided …

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Cure for a DNF: Water, Shade, and Perspective

One week after the Glacier Ridge 50-miler DNF and feeling much better. Ran Saturday morning with PR Fitness, holding it to 8 miles per Coach's direction (OK, 8.3 miles, but she wasn't looking). About halfway out it began to rain. Some people grumbled, but I loved every minute of it. Man, could I have used some …

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Running On: Lessons from My Ultra DNF

Runners are funny people. They encourage the efforts of others, and when someone crashes and burns, they always know the right thing to say. Except when it comes to their own performance - then that stuff goes right out the window. So it came as no surprise to me that everyone - 100% - of …

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Run Woodstock Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the OFI

I'VE HEARD THAT FOLLOWING AN ULTRAMARATHON, a runner can experience a letdown. No such problem here. I'm enjoying the recovery period after a summer of long mileage and many hours of training. And this was not a "once per lifetime" event for me, as another 50-mile finisher told me it was for him. Assuming I …

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