Exiled in Paradise, and I Shall Have No Pi

The running gods either love me, or hate me. A week ago last Thursday, my wife, DD #2 and I flew to Costa Rica. They came for fun and sightseeing. So did I, with the side effect of having to work at our office starting last Monday. (Yes, the company I work for has an …

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What Would You Trade the Rest of Your Life For?

During a recent run, I was told that a number of world-class athletes had once been asked the following: Suppose there was a drug that would guarantee victories in whatever events you chose, but would also cause you to die in five years. Would you take that drug? The surprising result became known as Goldman's …

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Running Transforms a Town: McFarland, USA

There's nothing like a story of overcoming adversity to make you appreciate your own life - and make you re-examine your attitude toward many things. Last night I went to a pre-release screening of McFarland, USA, based on the true story of Jim White, the high school cross-country coach in the town of McFarland, California, …

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Rx for Recovery: Eat, Sleep, Stretch

THIS NOT RACING IS TIRING ME OUT. After all my races this year I'm on a recovery break, and I was expecting to feel re-energized, even restless. Instead, I've had less energy and been more sore. I asked the head trainer at my gym, Body Specs, about it. "All year long, running more races than …

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