The Workout of a Lifetime: Would Picasso Have Been Proud?

THE STORY GOES that Pablo Picasso was approached in a café one day by a woman who asked if he would do a drawing on her napkin. He agreed, made a quick sketch on it and said, “The cost will be 20,000 francs,” or some such enormous amount (some versions say $1 million). “That much!” …

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Preparing for the Invasion, Marathon-Style

The Martians invade Michigan on Saturday. This is NOT a rumor - I have evidence! My strategy? Run! 26.2 miles, to be exact. Hard to believe that this will be my first road marathon in four years. I've run thousands of miles since 2012, at every distance from 5K to 100K, except for the marathon. …

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Run Woodstock Part Deux: Shutting the Brain Off

Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical. - Yogi Berra Training for my first marathon four years ago, I ran 16 miles along the back roads from Honor, Michigan to Beulah and Benzonia, then back. It was a pretty route, but by mile 13 I was sick and tired …

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Making The Time

Group run Saturday morning was all right. It was 35 degrees, raining, and the melting snow either created icy patches or flooded the streets in massive puddles or running streams. But it was tropical paradise compared to a week ago. Finally, it didn't feel like Mother Nature was trying to kill me whenever I stepped …

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