Ten Years of Distance Running: A Brief Reflection

I was at a recycling station earlier this week, dropping off stuff from working Zero Waste at the Ann Arbor Marathon. A woman there noticed the stickers on my Jeep’s hatch and beckoned to me. “Excuse me,” she said. “Did you really run a hundred miles?” I confirmed I had – several, in fact – …

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The Long and the Short of Running

A couple Januarys ago I had breakfast with my running coach, going over my planned race schedule. It would follow a pattern I’d established, of a target race in late May or June (100-miler or more), with shorter ultras in the spring to leapfrog up to it. So we mapped out a 50K and a …

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Pre-Ann Arbor Marathon Cleanup Plog!

The Ann Arbor Marathon is Sunday, March 24, and I'll again be serving as Zero Waste Team captain. Since 2017, when we began the zero waste program at the marathon, we've recycled or composted over 97 percent of all race waste! This year we'll make it an even more environmentally responsible event by doing some …

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This is Fun? Damn Right!

A COUPLE OF MILES into last Sunday’s trail marathon, as I wound my way along the Potawatomi Trail, a low roar of excited babble came from across the lake to the right. The guy in front of me glanced in that direction. “Sounds like the five-milers over there,” he said, referring to the shorter race …

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