Life, Trail Running, and Birthdays

When I left the house yesterday morning for a 20-mile trail run, it was cold and windy, raining, still dark out, and God only knew what shape the trail was going to be in. I’m guessing not many people would choose to begin their birthday this way. But I’m an ultrarunner, and thus certifiably bonkers, …

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Feeling The Urge Again

A little less than two years ago, my wife and I were in Boston, walking to the marathon expo to pick up my race packet. It was a gorgeous sunny late morning, and along the Charles River people of all ages and body types were running on the path and over the bridge we crossed …

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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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