A Beer for Brian

IF YOU'D SEEN ME LAST NIGHT paying tribute to my cousin Brian, and avoided being struck blind, you'd have had good cause to doubt my sanity. But I was fulfilling an obligation and following some very sage advice.Fortunately, there are no photos. But you're welcome to use your imagination.Brian was a sweet, good-natured guy with …

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Woodstock Warmup!

FRIDAY'S FORECAST FOR HELL: HOT, with rain showers likely, then cooling off on Saturday. Trail conditions: 200 yards of campground road followed by 61.9 miles of slippery, shoe-eating mud.Just hours now to Run Woodstock and my first-ever 100K trail race, starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon, and crossing the finish line somewhere between 4:00-6:00 a.m. Saturday. The …

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Countdown to Woodstock: 50 Miles, Ready or Not

ONE WEEK TO RUN WOODSTOCK and my first 50-mile ultramarathon. This weekend is my final long-mileage prep. Saturday was a 59-mile bike ride at an easy pace, and Sunday will be one more long-ish run of 13 to 15 miles. Then it's a few days of rest and carbo-loading with just a couple of short, …

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Roadrunners in the Rain

THANKS TO MOTHER NATURE AND A FELLOW RUNNER for two memorable experiences Saturday night at the Northville Road Runner Classic 8K road/trail race.Normally I don't race much in midsummer. But I like me a good 8K trail run, for the challenge of the off-road terrain and a distance short enough to run hard. So I …

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